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.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Celebrity Fitness Trainer Larysa DiDio’s Five Tips to getting Bikini-Ready

The birds are singing. Flowers are popping up all over. The weather’s getting warmer. All signs that Spring is finally here….and the inevitable dreaded bathing suit season.  Have no fear!  This year, I will help you prepare so you’re ready to jump into this year’s hottest suit, instead of wrapping yourself like a mummy in last year’s frumpy cotton cover-up. Check out these tips:

1. Find Your Mo-Jo.  Everyone is motivated by someone or something. Is it your spouse? The chick at the deli counter with slender thighs? Or maybe it’s the cute dress that would be perfect for the July 4th bash? It doesn’t matter what it is, it just matters that you have the motivation to change. Cut out pictures and hang them on your walls, mirrors, fridge or anywhere else that will remind you daily of why you’re working so hard to be your best self!

2.  Make a Plan.  You need to have a clear path of how you’re going to accomplish your goals. Be as specific as possible. “I want to lose six lbs. in one month. I will do this by…(enter your plan here, .e.g., Running three miles a day, cutting out ice cream or ditching alcohol). Studies show the more specific your plan is, the more successful you will be!

3.  Make It A Habit.  Review your goals and plan every morning. This will help keep you on track and focused.

4.  Get Accountable.  When you have to answer to someone or something, your head and body will make sure that you stick to your goals! Digital food tracking apps, including My Fitness Pal and Lose It, can help you keep your diet on track. For fitness, try Couch-To-5K, Daily Burn or 7-Minute Workout Challenge. As an added accountability bonus, enlist a friend to join you!

5.  Rest.  Studies show that sleeping more than seven hours a night has the biggest impact on weight loss. When you’re sleep deprived, cortisol levels rise causing you to be hungry, less motivated to work out and gain weight in your mid-section. So, do your exercise, keep your plan in motion…then get to sleep!