Everyone in western culture desires a sun-kissed, slightly bronzed face for enhanced beauty and sex appeal. There are numerous ways to obtain a tan which includes tanning bed, sunless tanners, and outdoor tanning. Your body tends to tan faster and deeper than your face. You need special attention to your face due to its delicate skin.
Is Sun Exposure for Tanning Healthy?
Spending a few hours under the sun helps your body to produce Vitamin D. Although tanning beds can help your skin glow in minutes, it increases the risk of skin cancer.
Therefore you need to use proper techniques to get the best tan faster by taking few precautions.
Use Sunscreen with SPF30
Use sunscreen with broad-spectrum UV protection of at least SPF 30. It blocks the harmful UVA and UVB rays but helps in tanning safely. Apply the sunscreen 20 minutes before moving out.
Eat Beta Carotene-Rich Food
Some foods like carrot, sweet potatoes, and kale help you tan by reducing the sun sensitivity in people with photosensitive diseases.
Eat Lycopene-Rich Food
Foods like tomatoes, guava, and watermelon helps protect the skin naturally against UV rays.
Use Oil Rich in Natural SPF
Few oils like avocado, coconut, raspberry, and carrot can be used and sunscreen as they naturally contain SPF.
Avoid Long Sun Exposure
Do not expose yourself for more than 2-3 hours as, within this time, body melanin responsible for tanning reaches its maximum limit. Beyond this time, your skin will not get darker and become harmful.
Tanning Time Is Vital
For faster and safer body tanning, choose your time in the morning or after 3 p.m. as the sun is the strongest between 12 noon and 3p.m.
Use a Pre-Tan Exfoliator
It helps to retain your tan evenly for longer. It is applied before tanning.
Choose a self-tanner with the right ingredients that suit your face and body. It should be applied evenly around your body and face before going to the tanning bed. The tanners are usually available as lotions, creams, gels, foams, sprays, and oil.
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