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6 Tips to Achieve The Perfect Sun Tan

6 Tips to Achieve The Perfect Sun Tan

6 Tips to Achieve The Perfect Sun Tan

/ Life Styles / Sunday, 10 September 2017 21:04

While it isn't unusual for people to fake their tans rather than bake in the sun, there's plenty of reasons people all over the world fly off to the Bahamas, Hawaii or the Mediterranean for a holiday and basking in the sun - And it's not just because it boots serotonin levels and Vitamin D production.

You may be one of those that admire the glowing bronze skin over the usual white fair skin. But then to avoid premature ageing and possibly skin cancer risks you need to master the art of acquiring a fantastic suntan.


Safety First

Except you want to look like a turkey that just exited the oven - which I hope you don't -  sunscreen is always mandatory.

Though I’ve heard some rumors that it prevents you from getting darker, imagine the first paragraph above again - Unappealing? that's why I used it.

On average your skin will renew itself every ten days or so, meaning the slower you tan, the longer it will last. Apply lotion with the term 'broad spectrum' or the UVA logo and the word 'high' on the bottle every time you come out of the water and at least every 2 hours when you’re not in water. The key here is protecting and maintaining your skin’s moisture. 


Get a shade

A shade at hand keeps the sunburn away. Taking timed breaks from the sun will reduce your UV exposure and sunburn risk - Tougher to get rid of than it is to get a tan. 

You don't want to wait until you feel your skin tingle, because by then the damage is half way done - more like half baked.


Tan accelerators - Really?

This is complete BS, nothing you apply on your skin has a remote chance of improving melanin production, taking carotene boost will boost your skin's natural UV defense AKA tan.


Get your body prepared

Remember that turkey I talked about? well it has to be seasoned first. If you are going to go out and bask in the sun, feed your body to handle the sun's onslaught. Certain foods e.g. tomatoes, and other red and orange fruit and vegies increase lycopene production, the skin's very own SPF and some dark chocolate too.

 Don't forget to drink plenty of water, as it helps the skin remain hydrated and retain its vitality and freshness.


Timing Is Crucial

It is recommended to minimize exposure to the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., this includes cloudy days too. You are aiming to get a tan not to get burned and damage your skin permanently. Caution is the name of the game; it is much harder to remove a skin burn than get a tan.

Protect sensitive areas such as the eye from exposure - a hat is better than an eye glass. Try to keep awake while sun tanning and move around to get the tan everywhere.



Take A Bath After

Have a good shower after the suntan. Do not scrub too much. If you shower in the morning before heading out for sun tanning in the afternoon, then by all means have a shower to remove the lotion and salts from sweat. Do not use much soap, except in sensitive areas such as under arms. Soap being soap will peel some of the tanned skin layer.


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