Like it or not, every year we ask ourselves the same, age-old question. Should we get a TAN or not? After everything that has been written on it and everything that we’ve heard, can there be such a thing as a Safe Tan? We all want the beautiful skin but we’re all afraid of the consequences that come with it.
You might not like the answer to that but there are no 100% safe tans. There are tans that are safer and then there are tans that aren’t safe. But no tans that are 100% safe. But there are ways to avoid the issues to a great degree. Basically, a tan is the result of exposure to UV rays that causes the melanin production to increase. Melanin protects our body from damage that is caused due to the UV exposure.
Chemical tanning lotions are marketed as a way of getting a tan without exposing yourself to UVA and UVB but that doesn’t mean that they are a good alternative. They may protect you from UVA and UVB but they contain dihydroxyacetone or DHA. This chemical gets absorbed through your pores and ends up in your bloodstream and results in an increase free radical damage.
To put it simply, Tanning beds have been classified as Group One Carcinogens. What does this mean? It means that they’re at the same level as cigarettes. Avoid tanning beds at all costs.
The safest way to get a tan is the traditional one. Go out into the sun and spend some time lounging about. But there are a few things to take care of before you do that.
It can be done safely but you need to be very careful and moderate. The main thing to remember here is Sun protection. Make sure that you apply a sunscreen that is 30SPF or higher. A natural sunscreen is better for your skin because it doesn’t have chemical ingredients.
Once you’ve taken care of the sunscreen, the next thing to take care of is your environment. This involves a number of things. First up is your tanning time. Make it as short as possible. Staying out in the Sun puts you at risk of sun burn and rashes.
Second is to avoid the time when the Sun is hottest. That is usually between 11AM and 4PM in the summer. So make sure that you go before this time or after.
Third, cover yourself up properly. Use wide-brimmed hats and loose clothes in white or any other light color. You’ll be able to look chic and trendy and get the tan that you want.
Remember to stay away from long exposures. Do it in chunks and you’ll be good to go.