Beauty Tips & Secrets
9 Safe Sun Tanning Tips
Many women, and even some men, will do just
about anything to get that perfect tan. But, with so much current
research into skin cancer and other problems associated with
overexposure to the sun, many are wondering how to still get
that great tan, while avoiding the potential side effects of
Tanning Tip 1
Even though you are looking to get a tan, you should still
wear sun block. With a sun block with a low SPF, your body
can still catch some of the sun's rays, but you are less
likely to get burned. Remember, a tan is essentially your
body's way of protecting itself from the harmful effects
of the sun. The more you can slow down this process, the
less your skin will receive long-term damage from sunbathing.
Tanning Tip 2
Similarly, you should gradually build up the time you
spend in the sun. Many people are tempted to intentionally
burn themselves right away, believing this provides a good
"base" for the tan. Sunburns are a sign of skin damage
and can lead to serious skin complications. Instead, the
tan should be slowly built up to lessen the potential damage.
Tanning Tip 3
You should apply your sun block to your body before you
head out to the sun. Applying sun block first helps ensure
that you get cover your entire body, guaranteeing that
all of your skin is protected. And don't forget to apply
sun block to your lips! Lips can become easily burned or
dried out, which is both unhealthy for your skin and unattractive.
Tanning Tip 4
The sun is at its hottest between noon and 3:00. Avoid
sunbathing at this time. The added intensity of the sun
does not improve the look of your tan. Instead, it increases
you likelihood of becoming burned and, consequently, experiencing
skin damage. During this time of the day, it is best to
stay in a shaded area and to wear protective clothing.
Tanning Tip 5
Spending time in the water increases your chances of getting
sunburned. The sun's rays reflect from the water and are
basically magnified onto your body. Getting a sunburn while
in the water can happen with little to know warning signs.
Where a sun block, even if it is a low SPF, every time
you are in water. Make sure the sun block is water resistant,
as well, and reapply it as often as the product recommends.
This is normally at least every 2-3 hours.
Tanning Tip 6
Hats and shirts do provide an extra layer of protection
to your skin. Be sure to wear these when not sunbathing
in order to protect your skin from excessive amounts of
sun. This is particularly important if you will be spending
a great deal of time outdoors, such as playing sports or
Tanning Tip 7
If you do play a lot of sports or if you work outdoors
and sweat a great deal, be sure to wear a sun block that
is specially formulated for such activities. Waterproof
sun blocks are ideal for those who are active during the
Tanning Tip 8
People with fair skin need to be especially cautious when
exposing their skin to the sun for long periods of time.
The same is true for people who burn easily or who have
a history of tanning poorly. People with freckles or a
great number of moles should also take extra precautions
when spending time in the sun. People who fit under any
of these categories are at a greater risk of developing
skin cancer. Similarly, children under the age of 16 and
individuals with a family history of skin cancer should
avoid exposing their skin to excessive amounts of sun.
Tanning Tip 9
If you have sensitive skin, make sure to purchase a sun
block that will not irritate your skin. There are hypoallergenic
sun block's available. If you are not sure where to look
or what you need for your skin, ask the pharmacist and
she will be glad to help.
A deep, brown tan can be very attractive and provide what
appears to be a healthy glow. Be sure to follow a few simple
guidelines to ensure that the glow is, indeed, healthy
– and not damaged skin crying for help.
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