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Sunbathing: why do you get more tanned in the mountains ?

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If I say tan, probably sea is the word that almost certainly comes to mind. not everyone knows, however, that the mountain is the queen of tanning ! Yes, it’s all true in the mountains you get tanned more!

I’m Mrs Adorable and I’m about to reveal some curiosities about tanning at high altitude . It is not absolutely necessary to choose the beach for sunbathing, on the contrary the mountain tans more intensely and faster , the reason is simple, the more you climb and the less atmosphere you have between you and the sun, which means less natural filters for solar radiation which are more intense, this explains why sunbathing in the mountains is much more intense and faster. The most powerful sun rays quickly stimulate the formation of melanin, the skin’s natural protection mechanism that is the basis of tanning.

abbronzarsi in montagna, la protezione è importante

Why does it seem exactly the opposite ?

Do you know why you have the feeling that you tan less in the mountains? The temperature is much cooler than the sea and is often accompanied by a pleasantly crisp air, this combination eliminates the sensation of heat on the skin experienced at the sea and leads one to believe that the intensity of the sun’s rays is lower. In reality it is much easier to get sunburned in the mountains , because the coolness leads to prolonged exposure to the sun and when you realize that your skin is red it is too late. There are particular conditions where the intensity of radiation is much stronger, such as when you are near streams, lakes or glaciers. The sun’s rays in this case become much more powerful because in addition to having less atmosphere and therefore less filter, they are reflected by water and snow causing redness, burns and erythema even more quickly.

Sunscreen yes or no ?

Protection is a must that must never be lacking in the mountains or at the sea , in addition to protecting us from sunburn, it protects against premature aging of the skin and the long-term development of even serious diseases. The advice I would like to give you is to increase the protection factor and use a SPF 30 sunscreen, so hiking, canoeing on the lake or outdoor activities at high altitude will be pleasant and will give a tan that is the envy of the friends who have chosen a beach holiday. I also recommend that you repeat the application of the cream several times during the day to restore the effectiveness of the protection factor. You don’t need to climb Everest to enjoy the greater intensity of the sun’s rays, even at modest altitudes you get a lot of tans and it is essential to protect yourself so as not to ruin your holiday .

Protezione solare anche in montagna

Is the after sun cream useful in the mountains ?

Absolutely yes! The after sun cream is essential for the well-being of the skin as it nourishes, moisturizes and helps in the healing of any redness. At the end of the day, after enjoying the breathtaking views that only the mountains can offer and after a relaxing bath, treat yourself to a massage to gently spread the after-sun cream, not only is it a pleasant cuddle, but also gives the skin nutrients and hydration. to reduce redness due to sun exposure and prepare the skin for the next day in the open air.

I believe that sunbathing is almost exclusively associated with the sea because most people prefer it in summer to spend their holidays there, perhaps it is natural to think of the beach and the sunbed as the ideal situation for sunbathing, in reality we discovered together that in the mountains the sun is much stronger , especially in the presence of streams, lakes or glaciers and it is easier to have an intense tan but it is very important to pay close attention to protection to have a healthy and strong tan to enjoy the benefits of the sun and have a healthy and radiant skin.

Good mountain tan, healthy and strong from Mrs Adorable.

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