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November 5, 2017 at 1:00 am

How to Get a Great Tan Without Sacrificing Your Skin’s Health

Woman applying her sunscreen while tanningYou’ve been waiting for summer to get your tan on, but hold up, this also means that you’ll be exposing your skin to UVB and UVA rays that could wreak havoc on your skin. This could, in turn, lead to premature ageing, or worse, skin cancer. That said, before baking under the sun, below are some guidelines to protect your skin against premature ageing and achieve that perfect beach babe glow.

Sunscreen Before Anything Else

Those who are looking to tan more quickly tend to forego sunscreen altogether. But doing so would leave your skin powerless from harsh sun rays. Always apply sunscreen before going crazy on the sun tan oil or some other kind of tanning accelerator, advises Bali Body. Consider a sunscreen spray for easier application and faster drying time. Reapply as needed.

Use Proper Sunscreen

SPF alone won’t cut it. Make sure your sunscreen bottle states UVA plus and broad spectrum. You could also opt for SPF30 instead of SPF50, even if SPF30 only filters out 97 % of UVB, while SPF50 filters out 98 %. The reason is that SPF50 could lend a false sense of protection and could be quite chalky. As such, you might be wary of reapplying every two hours, which is what you should do.

Timing Is Everything

If you are tanning your back for 15 minutes, you should do 15 minutes for your front as well to ensure that you get an even tan all over. Likewise, apply your tanning oil evenly to avoid getting a tan effect.

Always Moisturise After

Frequent tanning would eventually result in some damage and stress on your skin, but you could help prevent this by applying a cooling moisturiser or lotion once your indoors to help with faster skin recovery. Go for products with cooling ingredients such as aloe vera and hydrating components such as avocado. Opt for gel-type or light moisturisers or even light body oils to help your skin breath and avoid a sticky feeling.

Simply put, while that tanned beach goddess look is divine, don’t sacrifice the health of your skin for it. Keep these guidelines in mind and try to do all that you can to prevent the harmful effects of sun exposure.

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