Summer is here again and with it comes sun, sun, and, you guessed it, more sun. With all the sunshine that summer presents we get plenty of opportunities to get to work on that tan, but the problem rests in the fact that there really is no such thing as a “safe” way to tan.
Whether we are out soaking up the sun on the beach or in tanning salons on a rainy day, we are taking in ultraviolet rays that are not healthy for our skin. However, there are ways to combat that risk so you can enjoy taking in these rays without having to worry. Be sure to keep these tips in mind next time you want to get that golden summer tan.
- Remember that sun block. Okay, maybe not much of a mind blowing tip here since we’ve been told to put on sun block when going out in the sun for as long as we can remember, but the truth is that many decide to skip out on the sun block or put on a block that is way too low on the SPF scale as a way to get that tan faster. Yes, you will definitely get a tan quicker that way but you will be taking a risk that is not worth taking. To be safe you should use nothing lower than a SPF 15. Be sure to apply the block 15 minutes before going out in the sun and reapply every two hours.
- Reduce your exposure from noon to 3 p.m. This is when the sun will be at its hottest so obviously you will be exposed to a greater risk during this period. Even on a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can find their way through the clouds. Be sure to limit your time tanning during these hours.
- Don’t overdo it. Limit your exposure as much as possible. You should never stay in a tanning bed for longer than 15 minutes. Do not go more than twice in one week.
- Apply sun block and lotion. Put on an SPF of at least 30 minutes before heading to the salon. Apply lotion to your skin after putting on the sun block as this will keep your skin hydrated during your tanning session.
- Consider spray on tanning. Many tanning salons will offer spray tanning, which is a much safer alternative to the traditional tanning bed. The down side, however, is this tan will be temporary as a normal spray on tan will only last a week or so.
Tanning can be a risky endeavor, but if you take the necessary steps to keep your skin safe then you should have no reason to worry when taking in those rays.