A healthy natural tan is attractive and sexy; however getting the perfect summer glow naturally can be tricky. Now check out the tips to enhance and prolong your sun tanned without damaging your skin.
Some tan salon boast that they can give you healthy tan with a sun bed; in fact, sun bed is a big no when it comes to tanning. Sun beds give out harmful UV rays that damage your skin, making it look wrinkled, old and leathery. Over time this damage can drastically increase your risk of skin cancer by 75%.
Lie on the beach and soak up some sun is great, but don’t lie there without applying sunscreen that is SPF 30 or above (Unless you want very dark skin, if so, you might want to go for SPF15). Choose sunscreen with a label that reads “broad spectrum”, and reapply it every two hours.
Understand tanning time of your skin is also very important. Skin usually stops producing melanin when it reaches a tanning cut-off point. If you have fair skin, your tanning time is likely to be two to three hours, after that the risk of skin damage increases. So it’s pointless to sit on the beach for the whole day just to get the perfect tan. Don’t forget; always stay in shade near midday as the UV rays are strongest during those hours.
Besides applying sunscreen to protect your skin, you can also try to eat sun friendly food and beverage that increase lycopene, the skin’s own SPF. The best sources of lycopene are tomatoes and tomato products, Antioxidant found in fruits and green tea can also boost your sun protection. Flavonoids found in dark chocolate can help protect against sunburn, and caffeine is thought to help cut your skin cancer risk. So grab a nice cup of mocha before you hit the beach next time can be a good idea.
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