Tanning is beneficial from an aesthetic point of view and as well as from the health perspective. A good tan can partially hide cellulite, can improve complexion by making some imperfections less visible. A tanning session can be very relaxing, helping to eliminate stress and boosting self confidence. Also during sun exposure a vitamin D is synthesized. Vitamin D is essential for a our health as it helps maintain calcium balance, regulates blood pressure, boosts immunity and may have a beneficial impact over several diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes or hypertension. However, excessive sun exposure as we all know can have negative effects such as premature skin aging, eye damage, sunburns and melanoma (skin cancer). Tanning beds have the same harmful effects on the skin despite and only self tanners are viewed as being a little safer. Therefore it is important to make sure we do everything we can to reduce the risks associated with tanning. Here are a few tips to make tanning safer:
Healthy Tanning Tips
Getting a tan is the one of the best way to enhance our natural beauty, feel sexier and hide some of our imperfections. But tanning, aside from the obvious benefits can also have some nasty effects on our health, that's why lean how protect ourselves by excising a caution with a few simple measures(0 out of 5, 0 ratings)
Sun tanning tips
First of all, when going to the beach, don't forget to take your sunscreen with a low SPF that allows tanning, sunglasses and wear a hat to protect yourself. Before going to the beach make sure you clean your skin and remove all traces of perfumes and make up creams.
Apply a low SPF sunscreen lotion 20 minutes before leaving the house. However, if you are under 16 years old, have many freckles or moles or have a family history of skin cancer, exercise extra caution when tanning and use a higher SPF.
Also if you you plan on spending a lot of time in the water choose a waterproof formula. Don't forget to protect your lips as well by applying a lip balm that contains SPF. Avoid staying in the sun between 11 a.m and 4 p.m and leave a day gap between tanning sessions. Gradually expose yourself to the sun, making sure you reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
Remember to moisturize the skin afterward. Because sunscreen blocks the absorption of vitamin D try getting your daily dose by spending 15 minutes in the morning every day unprotected in the sun or try getting a vitamin D supplement.
Salon tanning tips
Tanning beds have become so popular option for those who want to enjoy the advantages of a beautifully tanned skin regardless of the season. Despite of what tanning bed producers might say tanning beds are not safer than sun tanning.
Although the technology has evolved and tanning beds are safer than they were in the past and even if the the tanning is produced in a more controlled environment the risks remain very high.
Experts strongly recommend not using tanning beds for more than 10 hours a year. Make sure you apply sunscreen before you go to the salon in order to ensure its that it will be efficient instead of applying it at the salon. Always use eye protection to avoid temporary and permanent eye damage.
Start your tanning sessions with 5 to 7 minutes of tanning at first and never spend more than 10- 15 minutes per session. If you are pregnant consult your doctor before using tanning beds. Use lotions that contain DHA to make your tan last longer.
Self tanners are generally thought to be safer than sun tanning and tanning beds because the body is not exposed to UVA and UVB rays. To get the best possible tan and avoid ''orange tones'' and unevenly tanned areas try some of the following tips: exfoliate your skin and use body lotion before applying the self tanner. Also use gloves when applying self tan to avoid over tanning your hands. Massage the products firmly to prevent any uneven tones and wait for it to dry before sitting. If you are a novice at self tanning use a partial self tanner at first. Remember that self tanners do not contain sunscreen so make sure to protect yourself.