The holidays are approaching, the thermometer goes up ... It's the perfect moment to prepare your skin for the sun. But at a time when the solar capsules invade the rays, a detour through the pharmacy is far from essential. Because there are natural solutions to take care of your skin and get a nice tan safely. Here are the good gestures and bio tips of the naturopath Cécile Gautier-Weberspiel.Elyane Vignau
Fatigue, stress, poor eating habits ... As the summer approaches, our complexion is often cloudy, our skin tired. So what could be more natural than dreaming of golden legs, a radiant face covered with caramel cheekbones? But no question of damaging our skin or taking any risk for our health. UV sessions or self-tanning, for what care then opt for a few weeks vacation?
Neither of them, experts say that it is impossible to strengthen our skin as the summer approaches. In a nutshell: neither UV in booths nor self-tanners can prepare your skin for tanning. But it is possible to take care of it naturally, to obtain a harmonious and durable tan. And that, safely!
Getting ready for tanning ... from the inside
First step to prepare your skin naturally in fine weather: take care of the contents of our plate! Food is the best way to give our body something to nourish our skin. The menu recommended by the naturopath Cécile Gautier-Weberspiel? "Raw carrots and sweet steamed, tomatoes with their skin (organic, so preferably), fresh fruits (melons, apricots, yellow peaches), vegetables green and red (peppers), to be consumed regularly during a good month before the exposure. " Without forgetting to change a few small habits: "Drink more still water and consume raw cold-pressed olive oil of good quality".
And dietary supplements? Omnipresent in the rays, the solar capsules are not, for the naturopath, indispensable, even if they can - under certain conditions - give a boost. "You can take beta-carotene or licopene capsules (that it is found naturally in the tomato.) Beware, smokers and ex-smokers abstain! Some studies, in fact, have shown a link between taking beta-carotene and certain cancers in smokers.
Taking care of your skin up
One month before the first exposure, place to a special summer beauty program. First reflex: moisturize our skin more (for example by adding a moisturizing serum under our traditional cream) and make gentle scrubs, once or twice a week.But ideally, advises even Cécile Gautier-Weberspiel, remains "a hammam, with a scrub with black soap, two to three days before the first exposure".
His best natural trick? Carrot essential oil, perfect to give our skin a boost, without resorting to a commercial self-tanner. "One month before the holidays, add 5 drops of carrot essential oil ( daucus carota ) in your milk or moisturizing body oil and a drop in your face cream, which prepares the skin for tanning, enhances it and immediately gives it a shine. " Be careful however, the essential oil of carrot is contraindicated in case of hypertension.
For the greediest, this tip comes in a more fruity version, with apricot vegetable oil. "It has the same effects, but it is colorful and stain!" Warns the naturopath. "Add 3 to 5 drops to your usual cream as previously described and use it on the face, neck, décolleté, hands and arms."