Can you guys feel the long hot days and the cool as a cucumber nights? We bet you can and guess what that means, that means “it’s summer, hallelujah”. Excuse the more than excited start to this article. In one of our other articles, we have mentioned some beach essentials that you must have whenever you want to head on to the beach. Beach translates into tanning and tanning is something summers are pretty famous for. People with really light skin tones are especially excited because they have more than ample room to experiment with various tanning shades. So whether it is a spray on tan that you are looking forward too, a natural tan via the trusted sun rays or whether you are planning to use the tanning bed, the article will provide you with healthy tips for a good tan that lasts longer. We have your attention now don’t we?
10. The Benefit of Ex-foliation
This first tip on our list of ten tips for a healthy tan relates to tanning which is either to be achieved naturally or via a spray tan. The importance of ex-foliation is multi fold. For one, it ensures that the dead skin on your body gets removed. This allows for the tan to get on easily and evenly. On a freshly ex foliated skin, the sun rays will give a more gorgeous effect of tanning because ex-foliation itself ensures that you get an even skin tone and all the oil and dirt is removed along with the dead skin like we said previously. Ex-foliation for this purpose can be achieved with either a body scrub or by buffing with a loofah. Either way, ensure a healthy, even and gorgeous tan by ensuring you skin is fresh and smooth.
9. The Importance of Sunscreen
The next tip on our list of tips for a healthy tan that we are about to give you is in accordance with what the American Cancer Society has to say on this matter. Most of us are under the impression that since we are looking to get tanned, a sunscreen is no longer needed. It is crucial here to understand that sunscreen allows you to get just as tan but with an added layer of protection from the skin damage that can be caused by the ultraviolet B rays where the capital B is for “Burning”. It is important to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to exposing yourself to the sun.
8. Harm of Over Exposure
Another huge misconception that some people have is that spending the whole day in the sun till you get the desired shade of tan is actually better. Such people believe that it would save them time and plus they will be gorgeously tanned by then. The truth, however, is totally contradictory. If you keep sitting under the sun waiting for the tan to get perfect, you are more likely to leave with a sun burn. The trick to achieve an even glowing tan is to divide your time (take sittings with the sun if you will, no pun intended). An hour a day will be more than enough and within a week, you will be proud of what you have achieved. Remember, there are no short cuts to being healthy.
7. The Importance of Shades and a Hat
The next tip for a healthy tan is pretty simple and straight forward actually, if you keep sitting in the sun without covering your eyes and ears and you scalp, you will mostly likely end up with severe sun burns in those areas. Or, worst, you can end up like Kim Kardashian with her un-even sun tan. For more details on that story, check this out.
6. Importance of knowing what SPF stands for
How many of you truly knew what SPF stands for and how many of you only knew that a higher SPF is better? For the beneficial knowledge of everyone reading, SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, something will Google will tell you at one stroke but what Google will not automatically tell you is that not everyone needs the highest SPF. Although it is true that a high SPF number means more protection but you need to know what kind and what level of Sun Protection you need. Where some people are prescribed an SPF 30 by their dermatologists, others are referred to 75 plus versions of sunscreen. Knowing is always better. Make an informed decision and don’t just go with the flow.
5. Before, During and After Tanning Beds
We now come to tanning via tanning salons, which is perhaps the most convenient way to get a good tan for the summer. We would, however, like to give a few tips. Before going to the tanning salon, make sure you shower and rid your skin of all oil and dirt. Ask the tanning salon techs to help you with the products that needs to be applied before tanning. Do wear the goggles provided to you to avoid damage to the sensitive skin around the eyes. We would recommend that if you have dry eyes, do not wear your contacts to the tanning bed. Wait at least 24 hours before using the tanning bed again although an even longer time period is recommended.
4. Importance of Timing
The next tip on our list of tips for a healthy tan relates to timing. Timing is of essence here. This means that if you exposing your back for ten minutes you should expose your front for ten minutes too. That ensures a healthy even tan. Remember what happened to Ross from the show FRIENDS? Our advice is count Mississipi-lessly, if you know what we mean.
3. The Importance of Moisturising
Another important tip is that you shouldn’t forget to use a moisturiser after you get out of the tanning bed. Remember that a moisturised tan will look better and last longer.
2. Importance of Clean Skin
Like we said before, ex foliation leads a good tan. But even if you do not ex foliate because you are merely planning a day lying in the sun, even then, clean skin is what looks attractive no matter what shade of tan you are and what shade of tan you want to get.
1. Importance of Skin Care
Last but not least, it is not the skin care before getting a tan that matters. The skin care regimen that you adopt after getting a tan is just as important. If you get an awesome tan but no longer moisturise and protect your skin, it will look old, wrinkly and just pure bad. Consider this the icing on the cake. Take the time to care for your skin after all you have gone through to make sure the tan is proper. It’s only fair!