Sunscreen: everything you need to know

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When I was a teenager and growing up close to countless beaches, tanning was the mode du jour and I was so excited to get that sun-kissed ‘healthy’ glow. I felt invincible and never thought twice about the skin damage caused by UV rays. Nowadays, I’ve learned to embrace my natural skin tone in the hopes that it will mean less wrinkles and a lower risk of skin cancer as I get older.

These days, you can find me wearing a straw hat to shade my face with SPF 50 slathered all over my skin. Even when I think I’ve been extra careful about sun exposure, there have been times where I’ve found myself with rosy cheeks and pink shoulders after being too long in the sun. So here’s my simplified version of everything you need to know about beauty’s most important topic.

  • Apply your sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you go outside. Top it up throughout the day every two hours, especially when you went for a swim.
  • Apply your sunscreen indoors. If you apply it in direct sunlight the product can evaporate before it has had a chance to bond with the skin, which then makes it less effective. Take your time since it’s easy to miss bits if you’re in a hurry too.
  • Use a blob about the size of a two-pound coin for each limb and your entire front and back. Otherwise, you won’t get the full protection that’s labelled on the sunscreen bottle. Use the size of a one-pound coin on your face. My personal favorite is the La Roche-Posay invisible mist which I can highly recommend!

As I am a firm believer in living a healthy lifestyle to get that glowing skin, there are also a few foods that have been proven to help reduce the chances of sunburn. Take a peek below and make sure to get some of these tasty foods next time you’re at the market:

  • Tomatoes. Tomatoes help prevent your skin from aging. Throw a few tomatoes in your salad during lunch or dinner.
  • Green tea. I am a big fan of green tea and always drink lots of it. Besides its abilities to clear up your skin, boost your immune system and speed up your metabolism, it also helps to soothe sunburns. Drinking one or two cups of this tea a day helps to reduce the redness of sunburn.
  • Citrus. Orange and pink citrus fruits contain lots of skin-cell protective compound called limonene. These fruits actually improve the skin’s ability to recover from sun damage. Do you also feel like drinking some lemon water?


  1. Rachel says:

    Love this! I hate sun damage!

    • Monika says:

      Hi Rachel, thanks! Haha yes same here, hope this helps. Enjoy your day! X Monika

  2. Deanne says:

    Great post – and will needed, given the current heatwave in the NY. Thanks!

    • Monika says:

      Thanks! Lucky you, it’s still pretty cold here in Amsterdam. Hope you have the best summer! X Monika

  3. Suzanne says:

    Yummy foods! I think we should add watermelon to the list as well. They are my favorite food in the summer as it just tastes a thousand times better in the hot sun when you are in need for something fresh, delicious and healthy! 🙂

    • Monika says:

      Hi Suzanne, thanks, that’s a great idea! I’m also a big fan of watermelon, they look so cute too and very tasty. Thanks for the tip, I need to add this to the list. XX Monika

  4. Katya says:

    thanks for these insightful tips. im off to mallorca in a week so perfect timing!

    • Monika says:

      You’re welcome, enjoy Mallorca! Never been there myself but always wanted to go 🙂 xx

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