Getting a HEALTHY Tan

Most of us love that healthy, sun-kissed glow that comes with summer. The question is, how do you get that glow while avoiding some of the risks of skin cancer? As a teenager I used to go to the tanning salon quite a bit (cringe) to maintain my tan. Now, we are bombarded with commercials, articles and other media that preach the dangers of excessive sun exposure. So how do we find a healthy balance? How do we get that glow without putting ourselves at risk? Here are a few tips to help you get that healthy sun-kissed look….

Repair The Damage

  • If you have been guilty of hitting the tanning salon, stop ASAP.
  • Repair your skin with natural treatments containing vitamin A and vitamin E to help regenerate skin.
  • Regularly exfoliate your skin to remove damaged cells.

Manage Your Unprotected Sun Exposure

  • You can spend 20 minutes a day in the sun, unprotected and without sunscreen. This will help you get some vitamin D naturally rather than having to supplement. After 20 minutes, apply sunscreen to be sure you are protected.
  • Be sure to reapply after swimming and/or excessive sweating.
  • Take breaks in the shade. Don’t bake yourself on the beach for hours straight. Stay active, enjoy the outdoors, but be sure to give your skin a break from the sun every hour our two.

Choose Natural Sunscreens and/or Protective Clothing

  • Opt for sunscreens that have natural ingredients to avoid lathering yourself in dangerous chemicals.
  • Mineral based sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide are the best options.
  • Some of my favorite brands include: Babyganics, Badger and ThinkSport or ThinkBaby.
  • Opt for long sleeve beachwear that contains SPF. This will help you protect yourself without having to bother with applying sunscreen in those areas.

Organic Self Tanners

  • Organic self tanners are a great alternative to give you that glow without needing any sun exposure at all.
  • Be sure to wash hands thoroughly after applying to avoid getting “orange” hands.
  • Be sure to exfoliate before applying self tanner.
  • Choose a daily face lotion that contains SPF30 as well as natural tint to give you a bit of a glow.

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