Tanning protects our body from exposure to the harmful rays of the sun and its hazardous impact on our skin. You should be familiar with the risks caused by tanning, and complying with the guide below can help you acquire bronzed skin using natural ways while protecting your skin.
Many people love the appearance of tanned skin, especially during an exotic vacation and even after returning from the holiday. But did you know that natural tanning is believed to be the safest way to get that bronzed look? As you may already be aware, prolonged exposure to the sun can cause harm to your skin in numerous ways, and it is essential to note that most rays emanating from the sun are ultraviolet. Apart from the risk of skin cancer, the harmful rays of the sun can also cause sunburn and premature wrinkles. If you want the appearance of a beautiful bronze tan without damaging your skin, keep scrolling.
Eat more sweet potatoes and carrots because they contain chock-full of beta carotene — a compound that offers pigment to these veggies — and can also help you get tanned skin without the need to burn your skin. According to various studies conducted in the past, the consumption of beta-carotene can actually help diminish sun sensitivity on our skin.
If you want to achieve a quick tan, the sun will be overhead between noon and 3 p.m., and the rays are the strongest during that time. However, you should remember that when the rays of the sun are strongest, the likelihood of causing the most damage to your skin increases due to the exposure. If you have very fair skin, ideally, you should tan after 3 p.m. or in the morning to avoid sunburn.
You might want to skip sunscreen for better tanning, but it is vital to wear sunscreen that ensures broad-spectrum UV protection. Go for SPF 30, and do not apply any tanning oil that does not offer sun protection. You must generously slather sunscreen within 20 minutes after stepping out in the sun. A sunscreen with SPF 30 is good enough to protect your skin against the harmful UVB and UVA rays but not strong enough to prevent tan.
You may already be aware that melanin is a pigment that determines tanning. We all have a melanin cut-off point, which typically spans over 2 to 3 hours. After spending 2 to 3 hours in the sun, you should consider coming back another day. If you bask in the sun past your melanin cut-off point, you will be damaging your skin.
While you must remember that oil should not replace your sunscreen, there are some oils like coconut, avocado, carrot, and raspberry that can be applied over your sunscreen for an added dose of SPF protection and hydration.
Essentially, you have to prep your skin before going out, allowing your tan to last longer. Before tanning, consider exfoliating your skin. If you don’t exfoliate your skin, it might flake off. You should also apply aloe vera gel after your tanning session to help your tan last longer.
Each person’s skin is unique, and how tanned their skin will get largely varies based on melanin. While some individuals burn almost immediately, others rarely get tanned even after spending hours in the sun.
People with fairer skin produce less melanin, and sunburn may turn their skin red. On the other hand, individuals with darker skin produce more melanin, but their skin takes longer to tan. However, even dark-skinned people are exposed to the risk of skin cancer and sunburn. Therefore, care for your skin when trying to achieve natural bronzed skin.