TIPS FOR TANNING
Use these safe tanning tips to sun tan safely in the glorious sunshine. Take special care of your skin against the potential dangers of sun damage.
Besides sun tanning, consider other tanning options available to help you achieve that glorious golden tan.
There are 3 ways to achieve a tan:
- Sun Tanning
- Salon Tanning
- Fake Tanning
We will discuss each of them in greater details.
SUN TANNING TIPS
So if you are heading for the beach, don’t forget your sun block in addition to your shades, your towel and your sandals. This is the first and most important sun tanning tip.
Studies have shown a strong correlation between sun tanning and skin cancer. More and more people are being diagnosed with the disease.
Contrary to popular misconception, there is no such thing as a “healthy tan”. Tanning is, in essence, the skin’s reaction to damage already done, and a defensive attempt to protect itself from further harm.
The sun’s ultraviolet rays are the most threatening component of a natural suntan.
Two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB, negatively affect the skin by deeply penetrating our skin and potentially damage gene composition.
UVA rays is the predominant type and tends to cause skin cancer after prolonged periods of time.
Sunburn and the redness associated with sun exposure result from UVB rays, which are also a strong risk factor for skin cancer.
SAFE SUN TANNING TIPS
If you simply cannot avoid going out in the sun on a gorgeous day, read the following safe sun tanning tips carefully.
- SAFE SUN TANNING TIP #1
Consider using a sun block with a low SPF. This will still allow tanning, but the skin will receive at least a small degree of protection from the powerful rays.
- SAFE SUN TANNING TIP #2
Be especially cautious when in or on the water, as the sun may badly burn the skin without any warning signs.
- SAFE SUN TANNING TIP #3
Hats and t-shirts can provide a degree of protection when one is enjoying the weather, playing sports or simply relaxing on a nice day.
- SAFE SUN TANNING TIP #4
Some individuals should exercise extreme caution when exposed to the sun, including those with very fair skin, those who burn often or tan poorly, those who have many freckles or moles, those under age 16, and those who have a history of skin cancer themselves or in the family history. Even if these conditions do not apply to you personally, it is still very important to be smart about your own exposure to the sun.
- SAFE SUN TANNING TIP #5
Apply sun block before you go into the sun and before you dress, to ensure that you don’t miss any areas.
- SAFE SUN TANNING TIP #6
Gradually build up the time you spend in the sun. Never be tempted to burn – it’s a sign of skin damage.
- SAFE SUN TANNING TIP #7
Stay out of the sun between 12 noon and 3 o’clock when the sun is at its hottest. Move into the shade or cover up with a T-shirt and broad-brimmed hat.
- SAFE SUN TANNING TIP #8
If you’re playing a lot of sports or swimming, choose a special sports formula or waterproof formulation.
- SAFE SUN TANNING TIP #9
Lips need a good lip screen like Mineral Core Lip Tint SPF 15 to protect them from burning and chapping.
- SAFE SUN TANNING TIP #10
Like skincare ranges, there are hypoallergenic suncare products around, so ask at your pharmacist.
SALON TANNING TIPS
Personal tanning methods available today attempt to eliminate the UV rays from coming in contact with the skin, yet you have to wonder how safe you are when shutting yourself in a tiny tanning booth for 30 minutes at a time!
Popularity of tanning beds tends to soar as teens strive for the prom-perfect hue and women of all ages aim to avoid the pasty white complexions they suffered long enough through the winter.
Though they are thought to be only slightly more protective than getting a natural tan due to the controlled environment, risks are still associated with tanning beds as the exposure to UV rays is still present.
Do you know there is a recommended allotment of time that one should not exceed in the course of a year when using a tanning bed?
According to the British Photodermatology Group (BPG-a branch of the British Association of Dermatologists), one should not surpass 10 sets of 30-minute sessions twice a year, or in other words, 10 hours of exposure per year.
Have you exceeded this recommended amount of sun exposure?
TANNING TIPS FOR FAIR SKIN
The safest tan of all is one that comes out of a bottle. There are 3 main ways to fake a tan:
- Bronzing Powders
- Wash-off tanners
- Self Tanners
Use powders on your face in the same way as a blusher. Make sure that the one you use is not peralized, or you’ll really shimmer in the sunshine.
This is the simplest way to create an instant tan on your face and body. You simply smooth on the cream and then wash it away at the end of the day.
A safer method of tanning than sun tanning and visits to the salon, self-tanning products have taken leaps and bounds in technology-far beyond the “orange tone” so many worry about experiencing.
Self-tanning products come in several forms-lotions, gels, wipes, sprays, and now, even a pill! The pill stimulates the pigment to change without any exposure to the sun, which is actually thought to be a positive preventive alternative to harmful sun exposure.
For those who still enjoy the trip to the salon but don’t feel the need to visit a tanning bed, a new tanning-spray treatment is available at some salons. It is quick, about a 30 second application with instant results.
All of these tanning options involve the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA.), which is absorbed by the surface skin cells and turns brown in the presence of oxygen – which creates the “tan”. This process usually takes three to four hours, and the effects last until these skin cells are naturally shed – which can be from a few days up to a week. Self tanners are acceptable alternatives to the real thing.
Many of the products available also contain moisturizers and vitamins to help the skin remain healthy and soft while not exposing the body to any UV rays.
Here are some self tanning tips for your consideration:
- SELF TANNING TIP #1
Use a body scrub such as this Dead Sea Salt Scrub first to rub away the dead flaky skin that can soak up colour and create a patchy finish.
- SELF TANNING TIP #2
Massage in plenty of body lotion such as Dead Sea Body Butter over the area to be treated. This will combat any remaining dry areas and give a smooth surface on which to apply the tanning lotions.
- SELF TANNING TIP #3
If there’s a shade choice, go with the lighter one, because you can always apply a second layer later on.
- SELF TANNING TIP #4
Work the product firmly into the skin until it feels completely dry. Any excess left on the surface is likely to go patchy.
- SELF TANNING TIP #5
If you’ve applied self tanner to your body, wipe areas that don’t normally tan with damp cotton wool pads (cotton balls) – armpits, nipples, soles of feet and fingers. On the face, work the cotton wool around the eyebrows, hairline and jawline.
- SELF TANNING TIP #6
While there are self-tanning products that offer some protection from the sun until you wash your skin, it’s best to use them in conjunction with the best sunscreen for your skin type.
Even with an artificially produced tan, it is vital to practice protective measures to prevent sun damage. A simple sun block will do, in addition to monitoring your exposure to the sun.
No matter which tanning option you settle for if you simply must have that glowing tan, use caution when you bask in the rays at the shore or wherever.
Keep these important safe tanning tips in mind whenever you are exposed to the sun for a significant duration of time:
- SAFE TANNING TIP #1
Do your best to avoid falling asleep while tanning. We all know how tempting it is to take that relaxing nap to the sounds of the surf, but you could wake up fried to a painful crisp!
- SAFE TANNING TIP #2
Even if you are determined to go home with some color, try a very low SPF level sunscreen. Something as low as SPF15 will do more good for your skin than bare exposure!
- SAFE TANNING TIP #3
When you do experience sunburn, keep aloe and cocoa butter on hand. Aloe is known to soothe the skin, while cocoa butter helps in keeping skin soft and smooth while also repairing it and preventing peeling after sun damage.
This article highlights several tanning procedures that are widely accepted for personal tanning. However it should not be used in substitute for the advice of your physician or a medical professional.