There’s nothing more beautiful than the sun kissed skin. A healthy glow of a natural tan. But with increasing awareness to factors such as skin cancer and sun rays inducing wrinkles we need to be really careful with sun tanning. Here are a few tips for a healthy sun tan this summer. How to get it safely and keep it for longer.
First of all you need to prepare you skin for sun tanning. A gentle scrubbing with a sponge and exfoliating body scrub before applying sunscreen will make a tan last longer and keep it even.
You must never forget about your sunscreen.The one with an SPF of 15-30 will protect skin from dangerous rays and allow the tan to build gradually preventing sunburns or a reddish tan. Make sure to cover all exposed parts of skin evenly to avoid an uneven tan – don’t forget the backs of elbows and knees. And apply it after every now and then, once every two hours and always taking a bath.
Take Your Time
A healthy and natural tan takes time to develop. Spending one to two hours a day tanning is enough for most people, and will let the tan build on itself. Avoid sun exposure during peak hours (from 11am to 3pm).
An All Over Tan
If you are going for an all over tan, make sure to expose all parts of the body to the sun equally. Don’t forget about inner arms tan and the backs of your knees.
Keep the skin hydrated! Use moisturizer or moisturizing oil. A brief shower after a sun tanning session will help get rid of all the sunscreen and re-hydrate the skin. Dry skin is unhealthy and may peel or not maintain the tan very well. Gently rubbing a washcloth is usually enough to remove the sunscreen and prevent the tan from peeling. Immediately after the shower apply a good moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated and supple.
How to make it last longer
Keep your skin healthy and nourished through proper nutrition and hydration is the easiest way to maintain your tan.
Eat more of these foods
Most of the green, orange, and red vegetables and fruits. They contain carotenoids such as carotene, lycopene, lutei, that are strong antioxidants and will protect your skin from dangerous sun rays and help it get desired glow. Next time throw some watermelon, melon, apricots, peaches, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, eggs, fish and olive oil into your meal. You will see the difference!