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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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Suncreams in the mountains protection at high altitudes

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An excursion in the mountains, a path that leads to high altitude in the clouds where the air is more crisp, a backpack on his shoulder, the dog running up and down the path making our way 10 times, a wonderful day with some cloud that basically does not bother, on the contrary it makes the summer temperature even more pleasant.

What a sight, but here in the evening, face and shoulders burn with a conspicuous sign of the shoulder straps of the backpack and the temples of the sunglasses that make the appearance vaguely funny

Yes, you got sunburned!

The sun in the mountains causes damage to the skin in the short and long term just like the sun at the sea, indeed more! In fact, you must know that as you go up to high altitude the natural protection of the atmosphere decreases and the rays become more intense by 10/12% every thousand meters, it is an impressive figure, but even more impressive is the power of the sun’s rays if the excursion ends at foot of a glacier, ice and snow reflect the rays, increasing the intensity by 80%.

THE MOUNTAIN CAUSES DAMAGE

Skin exposed to the sun tends to protect itself, this action is highlighted by the change in color due to melanin, unfortunately, however, the natural protection mechanism alone is not enough to create an effective shield. Thanks to the fact that culture, habit or laziness is almost never associated with the need to protect the skin in the mountains, we are faced with annoying burns, erythema and in the most serious cases, when even the eyes are not adequately protected, even temporary blindness.

Attention, the mountains in summer are simply wonderful, the climate, even in August is much more bearable than at sea, at high altitude it is even pleasant, a walk in the mountains, in the midst of nature, offers breathtaking views and allows you to detoxify from stress of the city, but it is necessary to protect yourself adequately to fully enjoy a corner of paradise.

THE DAMAGE OF THE SUN

You immediately notice that you have been burned, the sensation is annoying and in the worst cases you feel real pain, the skin becomes so sensitive that it cannot even be touched, but there is damage caused by exposure to the sun without protection that is they present after years, such as skin photoaging up to, in the most extreme cases, even tumors.

The natural defenses that our body puts in place are not sufficient to protect the skin and eyes and need help, especially in the mountains where the intensity of the sun’s rays is much stronger than at sea..

PROTECTIVE SUNCREAM IN THE MOUNTAINS, WHICH TO USE?

We have seen that it is necessary to protect yourself during our outdoor activities in the mountains by using sunscreen. But which? In the mountains, given the lower protection of the atmosphere, it is necessary to rely on high protection factors, in addition to the filter, a high quality composition of the cream is essential to keep the skin hydrated. An excellent level of hydration is the signal that the skin is not suffering from sun exposure, on the contrary, when it is burned the sensation is dry and the skin seems to “pull” in an annoying way.

HYALURONIC ACID, CAN IT HELP?

An excellent level of skin hydration indicates the integrity of the skin barrier. The most suitable products, dedicated to the face and neck, are enriched with a special mixture of hyaluronic acid molecules of different molecular weight. This technology is specially designed to counteract the formation of wrinkles and other signs of skin aging.

Hyaluronic acid is famous for its smoothing properties that give the skin brightness and beauty, but few know that it is also an excellent help to keep the skin hydrated and increase, used together with an excellent sunscreen, the behavior of exposed skin in the sun. It is possible to find hyaluronic acid in cosmetics specially designed to make the skin toned and radiant, the most advanced contain different molecular weights to counteract the formation of wrinkles and the signs of skin aging caused by the sun. 

IS IT USEFULL TO INTEGRATE TO PREPARE THE SKIN IN THE SUN?

Integration is essential to give our body the right nutrients and prepare the skin for sun exposure, whether it’s a beach or mountain holiday. Supplements containing, for example, beta-carotene or Coenzyme Q10 which counteract skin aging, fighting free radicals and the consequences of exposure to sunlight, are excellent. Thanks to their action they keep skin always young by fighting the signs caused by the sun.

WHEN AND HOW TO PUT THE PROTECTIVE SUNCREAM

The sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the composition to act and better protect the skin, the application should then be repeated every 3-4 hours to keep the effectiveness of the filters contained in the cream high. In the mountains it is necessary to pay close attention to the most exposed areas of the body such as the scalp, in the case of very short hair, neck, ears and shoulders. Generally it is good practice to apply the protection on all areas exposed directly to the sun.

A good pair of mirrored glasses or glasses with high UV protection, clothing and boots suitable for the route complete the kit for a pleasant and safe excursion.

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