It’s tempting to get a beautiful, golden tan once the summer starts. But too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can be harmful. Fortunately, there are ways to take advantage of a sun-kissed glow while caring for your skin and health. Plus, spending time in the sun does have its benefits such as boosting serotonin and getting Vitamin D, which is good for the bones and teeth.
As you spend time in the sun this summer, here are tips to follow to get a beautiful, glowing tan!
Use Sunscreen – and Apply it Right
You can still get a great tan with sunscreen. Look for products that are labeled with “broad spectrum”, as these protect against UVA and UVB rays. Higher SPF levels extend the time you can spend in the sun without causing additional damage to the skin.
Also, be sure that you are applying the sunscreen correctly. It should be applied to the skin 15-30 minutes before going outside and reapplied every two hours, or when the sunscreen has worn off, such as after you go swimming.
Exfoliate Your Skin
One step you don’t want to forget is to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin, resulting in a fresh appearance. You will be able to tan more easily, and the tan will last longer. There are many scrubs you can buy, but it’s just as effective (and more affordable) to use make your own product. Mix together granulated sugar, olive oil and the essential oils of your choice for an instant exfoliation scrub.
Split Up Your Time
To avoid getting burned, do not overexpose your skin to the sun. Spending the whole day at the beach might give you a tan, but you’re also more likely to get sunburned as well. Take breaks every 30 to 60 minutes by going indoors or going in the shade. As you do this, your body produces melanin that will help you achieve a better tan the next time you’re in the sun.
Wear Sunglasses and a Hat
The skin around your eyes is delicate. If you don’t protect this skin and your eyes while tanning, your risk for developing certain eye diseases and eye cancers is raised. When you’re outdoors, make sure that you have the proper protection for your eyes. This includes sunglasses that block 99 percent of UV rays and a wide-brimmed hat.
You can have healthy-looking, radiant skin while being safe. By making smart choices today, your skin – and your health – will continue to thank you!