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Tips for Safe Tanning this Summer

Cool nights and hot days only mean one thing: summer days are coming and for many, it is time to show off the summer glow. Others have lost weight, while the rest want to show off their fair and tanned skin. however, the most significant thing that you need to consider is how to get tanned in a healthy way. 

In a study made by the American Academy Dermatology (AAD), there are 80 % of the 7,000 female and male subjects mentioned that they have some concerns about skin cancer. With the rise of the popular belief that tanned skin is healthier, more and more Americans embrace different methods, technological or natural, to attain this tone. 

For more sensitive skin such as your face, it is important to seek advice from Dermatology Specialists before applying or doing some tanning method. 

The following are some healthier and safer tanning tips to prepare you in 2020’s hot summer 

  1. Wear a sunscreen 

A lot of women are tempted to go to the beach, not putting any sunblock on their skin, thinking that the sun’s light provides the natural means to tanning and that putting some sunscreen hinders this process. We are here to tell you that it is wrong. Contrary to the popular belief, you can still make your skin tan even after having put some sunscreen. In fact, it is more advisable and healthier if you tan your skin while putting some sunscreen. The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) extends the time you can spend in the sun without risking yourself from sunburn or worse, skin cancer. Therefore, higher SPF in the formula, the better it provides protection against the UVB rays.  

2. Know when to apply and reapply 

Generally, it is advised that you put sunscreen on your face and body 15 minutes before you expose yourself to the sun. This duration is enough to let the sunscreen soak into the layers of your skin.  

3. Understand your tanning time 

Your skin has a limitation in producing melanin, responsible for making your skin appear tan. According to Dr. Lowe, fairer skin has a limitation of two to three hours of sun exposure. There is no point in bathing in the sun with the objective to tan if you already have reached your skin limitations. Aside from that, too much exposure can lead to skin damage. 

4. Replace your tan-accelerating cream with supplements 

According to a skin cancer expert, Dr, Marko Lens, there is no point in putting on these “tan-accelerating cream because none of this product can improve the development of your melanin on your skin. However, when you opt to take a beta-carotene supplement, it might help you increase the production of melanin in your body. The beta care tone protects your skin cells from the damaging sun. 

5. Eat some “tanning-friendly” foods 

Foods containing lycopene like tomatoes and other veggies and fruits can boost your sun protection. Dark chocolates also have flavonoids that help your skin be protected against sunburn.