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Getting the perfect tan this summer

Posted on July 10, 2013 by admin

Summer is in full swing and maybe you are wondering how do you exactly get a nice tan without getting fried? Guess what there is a way!

A great way to do this is found at wikihow.com

Here are some highlights:

Choose your UV source. For ultraviolet tanning, nothing beats good, old-fashioned sunshine. If your skies or weather don’t permit, though, tanning beds are an effective, year-round alternative to keep your skin lightly browned. Keep it all in moderation—great looking skin can end up looking like leather if you stay in the “oven” too long.

Hydrate your skin. Skin that’s well hydrated will tan better than dusty, dry skin. Before you To prepare your skin to tan well, do the following:

In the shower, exfoliate dry, dead epidermal cells by scrubbing gently with a rough cloth, loofah, or exfoliating soap.

Moisturize your skin with a lotion containing sodium PCA. It’s a naturally-occurring component of human skin that helps maintain a healthy epidermis, and works by attracting moisture from the air.

Apply the right level of sunscreen for your skin. If you have light skin, use a lotion with a higher SPF rating than if you have darker skin. No matter what your skin type or how much base you have built up, always use a sunscreen with at least an SPF rating of 15.

If you are going to be in the water, make sure your sunscreen is waterproof, or re-apply when you’re out of the water. Otherwise, re-apply sunscreen as directed on the label—usually every couple hours.

Wear sunscreen when you tan! If you are just going to sit on the beach and tan for an hour put SPF 4-15 on, depending on how fair your complexion is and how much base you’ve already built up.
If you don’t use sunscreen while tanning, UVA and UVB rays can still harm your skin, even if you don’t get burned!

Use lip balm with sunscreen as well. Ideally, apply your sunscreen in the shade, and let it soak in for 20-25 minutes before you go into the sun. Reapply as needed if you go swimming and the sunscreen is not waterproof, or every couple hours as directed on the label.
If you notice redness developing on your skin, get out of the light—you’re already burned, and continuing to bake will only deepen the burn and increase your risk of serious damage.

(Un)dress for success. Unless you want a patchwork quilt of tan lines, wear the swimsuit you will wear when you are swimming! Wearing the same swimsuit will give you a smooth, buttery tan that flows from skin to bathing suit.

Skip the swimsuit altogether if you can. The only thing better than minimal tan lines is no tan lines at all!

Find your place in the sun. You can tan in your own backyard, at the beach, or anywhere that the sun shines. All you need is your tanning lotion, water, and a beach chair or towel. Position the chair or towel in the yard where the sun will hit you directly.

Move while you tan. Think “rotisserie chicken.” To get that great, all-over browning, you have to keep on the move. Front, back, sides, and places where the sun doesn’t normally shine—like underarms.Or spend one day on your bankside and one day on your frontside

If you don’t want to lie around all day, but still want that tan, another alternative is to go for a jog, or even a walk. This not only increases your sun exposure and increases your tan but helps give you a slim, toned body at the same time.

Protect your eyes. They can be burned, too. For tanning, though, it’s better to either wear a hat or just keep your eyes closed rather than wear sunglasses. Bright light on your optic nerve stimulates the hypothalamus gland, which in turn causes the production of melanin, thus achieving a deeper tan.

Hydrate! Make sure you drink plenty of water. Jump in the pool to cool yourself down now and then, too. Don’t worry, this will not harm your tanning in the least. Don’t forget to re-apply your sun screen afterwards.

After you tan, moisturize. Use an aloe-based skin lotion to sooth and moisturize your skin. It will help keep your skin healthy and will prevent it from becoming flaky and dry from the sun.
Put more lotion on areas that are red. It helps those areas become tan.

Going au naturel? Be careful when exposing new areas of skin to direct sunlight. Cover your previously unexposed, sensitive areas liberally with sunscreen to prevent burning. You don’t want to burn “there.”

Fair skin? DON’T use baby oil… you will burn.
Start with a short time in the sun, say 10 minutes a day for sensitive skin. If you see no problems you can gradually increase your time in the sun. In case of red spots or itching take a few days break from tanning.

Make sure when tanning to turn on different sides so you get an even tan

Aloe vera gel helps soothe sunburns and re-moisturize tight, dry skin.

When you tan, make sure your sunglasses don’t leave rings around your eyes.

Rubbing vinegar on burns will take out the heat and make you feel better but may make you smell funny, therefore, you will likely want to wait until you will be at home for a while before applying.

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