Its true, we need sunlight for the vitamin D, but exposing yourself to the sun for extended periods of time without protection is dangerous. The UV radiation both damages and increases risk of skin cancer.
Your golden tan doesn’t want this minus.
You can get that coveted, envy generating tan with these simple tips:
- One step at a time-Begin your tanning procedure with only 10 or 15 minutes of exposure to the sun or a tanning lamp to allow your skin to get used to the heat. Gradually increase the time as your body becomes tanned.
- SPF-wise-Choose the right sunscreen and lip balm with SPF 15 to give you the necessary protection while you tan.
- Scrub n’ Rub- Prepare your skin by scrubbing away the upper dead skin layer with an exfoliating pad. Then rub in the sunscreen lotion. Later apply sun tanning lotion in slow, deliberate movements to the back of your knees, elbows, ankles and tan lines. This compliments tanning. Wipe away extra lotion to get an evenly bronzed look.
- My Fair Ones-Those with a fair complexion, prone to sunburn must avoid direct sun exposure during peak hours, especially afternoons when sunrays are the most harmful and penetrate through your skin the most.
- Eyeshades- Sport your sunglasses when tanning. Your peepers are delicate and precious. The harsh sunrays can damage them.
- After Sun Chores-Moisturize your skin with an after sun lotion containing aloe. Aloe is rich in skin soothing properties, helps in cooling the skin and makes the tan last longer.
- Tan Tones-If you wish to keep certain areas of your skin lighter in shade then pre-apply baby oil or lotion to such regions. Then use a sunless tanner. This keeps them from getting dark.
- Derm talk-If you are on medication for acne or any skin disorder, do consult your dermatologist before choosing to tan.
There are many new-age tanning procedures like tanning pills, tanning beds, lamps and tanning sprays. You can opt for these but nothing can beat the golden glow you get when accompanied by sun, sand n’ surf.
I’m on my way to the beach – soon. What about you?