While most of us fake our tans, there are many reasons why people love the sun. Applying a tan increases serotonin levels, which helps reduce anxiety. Tanning will also produce vitamin D which is healthy for your skin, teeth, and bones. However, you should know how to enhance and prolong your tan without damaging your skin. In this way you will avoid premature aging and skin cancer. You must follow these tips and tricks to get a perfect tan every time.
1. You should always avoid tanning beds.
Don’t fall for the salons’ lies that you will get a tan with a tanning bed. This is very bad since these beds emit large amounts of UVA. They do not produce UVB, which stimulates vitamin D. Not having UVB will increase the chances of your skin developing skin cancer by up to 75 percent.
2. Apply the appropriate sunscreen
You should always make sure that you use the right sunscreen. We have various skin types and you should seek the advice of a dermatologist. You should always go for an SPF 30 over SPF50. SPF30 filters more than 97 percent of ultraviolet B rays, while SPF50 will filter more than 98 percent. SPF50 can sometimes give you a chalky appearance and you will need to reapply every two hours. For those who have dark skin, they should use SPF15.
3. Get your tanning time right
When your skin can’t produce melanin, you’ve reached your tan cutoff point. When your skin gets to this point, it’s no use for tanning and staying in the pool all day. Everyone has a cutoff point for their melanin, and three to four hours is enough, or less, for those with smooth skin.
4. find some shade
You should always take breaks from the sun. This will reduce the intensity of UV rays on the skin. It will also reduce the risk of sunburn; your tan will stay healthy and last a long time.
5. Use supplements instead of creams that accelerate tanning
Creams that accelerate tanning should be avoided at all costs. There is nothing you apply to your skin that will help it produce more melanin. Melanin is the dark pigment that protects the skin from UV rays. However, taking a 25g supplement of beta-cartone will increase melanin production. This doesn’t mean you should cut back on the sunscreen you use; all it means is that your skin’s natural defense improves.
6. Eat foods that are friendly to the sun
There are foods that will help you increase lycopene, which is the skin’s natural SPF. Lycopene is an antioxidant found in oranges, fruits, vegetables, and tomatoes. By consuming these foods, you increase your sun protection by up to 33 percent. One of the best sources of lycopene is tomato paste.
There is another antioxidant called polyphenols. Green tea has a lot. Make sure you drink at least one cup every day. Fish, which is rich in Omega-3, has anti-inflammatory powers that protect your skin.
Dark chocolate has flavonoids that protect the skin from sunburn, while caffeine will help reduce the risk of skin cancer. Drink at least one cup of caffeine or chocolate before going to the beach.
If all else fails, you can fake it. There are so many tanning products on the market today. They range from spray bottles to tanning mousse. If you can’t reach every part of your body, you can ask a friend to help you tan your body. Alternatively, you can visit a salon and work on your tan before heading to the beach.
Remember, you have to be very careful about how much you expose yourself to the sun. Make sure you have breaks when you are sunbathing.
7. Shave and exfoliate before tanning
To ensure you get an even tan, you should exfoliate, shave, and shower before tanning. You should do this even if you are using a professional spray tan. By exfoliating and showering, you remove dead, dry skin. Dry, dead skin will leave your tan patchy. If you do this after tanning, it will make your skin look messy.
8. Use a water-based moisturizer
It is obvious that certain parts of your skin look darker than others. The self-tanner will saturate dry areas like elbows and knees. That is why you need to moisturize your body beforehand to get an even tan. You should use an aloe vera-based or water-based moisturizer. Creams that contain oil will be a barrier to the skin and will cause the tan to spread all over the body.
Make sure the moisturizer absorbs into your skin before applying any tanning agents.
9. Find the right tanning formula for your skin
Not all products are the same. Unfortunately, the only way you can find out which one works for you is through reviews, research, and trial and error. You should go online and read the reviews of others. You can also seek the services of a professional. There are so many products on the market and you can definitely get one that suits you.
10 Remove all traces of perfume, makeup or deodorant
Again, all of these products act as a barrier to tanning, while others can cause irritation. For these reasons, be sure to remove them before you tan.
eleven Apply your tan in a cool, dry environment.
Do not apply your tanning solution immediately when you get out of the bathroom. The steam and heat inside the room will not dry your skin well and that is a big drawback when you want to apply a tan correctly.
So, to avoid looking like a tomato during summer vacation, follow all the tips above and you’ll definitely develop a healthy glow.