Today tanning became a fashion, but many studies prove that it is not a very healthy habit. If you want a moderate outdoor tanning while you enjoy your holidays, there are few important things good to know.
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Tanning is the body’s natural defense against exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) found in sunlight, or produced by artificial sources. Sunlight is a mixture of UVA and UVB rays, while tanning beds provides only UVA rays. However, both are dangerous. UVA rays have longer wavelengths and penetrate deeper into skin. On long term it can break down collagen and generate free radicals. UVB rays have shorter wavelengths and cannot reach this deep. But it can cause sunburns or mutations in the DNA of skin cells.
Although UVB rays stimulates production of vitamin D, scientists warn that many of us get enough vitamin D during our daily activities.
How to protect. Tips & tricks.
– Few days before you go tanning exfoliate your skin daily with a soft body scrub to remove dead skin cells. Don’t forget to moisturize every time. Your skin will be smooth and your tan fantastic.
– Use the best protection with a proper sunscreen. Light skin needs a higher SPF (Sun Protection Factor) sunscreen. SPF is an indicator of the length of time a person will be protected. Very often people think a high SPF means a stronger protection.
– Women need to protect better than men, because their skin is thinner and more susceptible to the sun’s rays.
– Black skin is not immune to the sun’s rays. Do use a sunscreen.
– If you need to shave, do it few hours before tanning. The skin needs some time to recover.
– During tanning use a spray bottle full with water. Squirt yourself frequently. The sun will be directed to your skin to absorb the water.
– If you sweat or go swimming, you need to reapply the sunscreen.
– Wear light colored clothes. It will reflect the light and will keep you cooler.
– Give an extra protection to your face, lips and eye. Lips don’t produce melanin and eyelids can’t block UV because are too thin. Use lip balms, sunglasses and hats.
– Tan gradually. Don’t lie in the sun uninterrupted and take a break at least at every hour to get cooled.
– After outdoor tanning be sure you don’t have a hot bath. Your skin needs to get cool. Make sure you apply a good moisturizer after tanning.
Protect your skin during outdoor tanning with natural oils like:
Hazelnut Oil (is absorbed by the skin faster than any other tanning oils), Coconut Oil (the best for sensitive skin), Olive Oil (moisturize the skin and ensure a golden tan), Avocado Oil (easy to be absorbed), Wheat-germ Oil (smooths the skin, gives a touch of color too), Sunflower Oil (takes out the harmful effects of the sun, like fine lines and wrinkles), Green Tea Extracts (the most effective way of preventing the skin from sunburn).
After outdoor tanning you can moisturize the skin with beneficial natural oils like: Virgin Coconut oil, Olive oil, Jojoba oil, or Aloe.
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According to a recent study made by Dr Ian Stephen, an experimental psychologist at the Bristol University, a healthy diet based on fruit and vegetables rich in carotenoids gives the skin a healthy golden glow. The natural colored skin caused by carotenoids was found by the participants at the study, more attractive than the colored skin caused by sun tanning.
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Moderate outdoor tanning can be good with proper protection. What other tips do you have for a healthy tanning?
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