Summer is here and getting the perfect tan has everyone everywhere ready to leave their winter coats and run into the sun. Flowers blossom, tree leaves are growing again, summer is the season of celebration and whilst it is a great time to get an optimal vitamin D supplement from the sun, before you slip into your bathing suit and put on your flip-flops, there are some things you should keep in mind that will help turn tanning into an art. Follow these tips and tricks to get your skin super smooth and safely bronzed:
As you know UV radiation is highest between 10 am and 2 pm, so take notice of these times. You should try to tan in increments in order to minimise sun damage and tan for no longer than one hour a day to get a safe golden glow. The best idea when it comes to tanning is to get a gradual tan. The best way to get a safe and healthy glow is to tan in sessions of 30-60 minutes a day. This will allow your body to produce enough melanin to help protect you during your next tanning session.
Keep skin healthy by applying a generous coat of natural and organic protection with SPF to prevent the suns rays from penetrating too deeply. Most tanning lotions and sunscreens are loaded with toxic chemicals that damage both our health and our skin. This is why promote using natural oils for tanning. There are many oil blends out there that are great, look for one made with a natural combination of oils designed to moisturise and protect the skin, while giving you a gorgeous tan. Raspberry seed oil, for instance, contains natural SPF and is nourishing for the skin and works well combined with moisturising oils such as coconut and vitamin E.
Tanning is your skin reacting to the sun. Make sure you exfoliate regularly to avoid build up of dead skin cells that block the suns rays and cause congestion in your pores. Forgetting to exfoliate will result in an uneven tan, which you certainly do not want. Scrub lightly all over using a natural scrub and if you have the desire to, you can make your own. There are plenty of options to choose from: granulated sugar mixed with coconut oil, coffee and olive oil, ground oatmeal with a little salt.
Moisturise Before and After Sun Exposure
Get your body moisturised the night before you plan to sunbathe and make it as silky as possible. Concentrate on the more problematic areas, the ones that dry the quickest as they can cause an uneven tan. Choose an after sun product that is highly moisturising and made from nutrient rich ingredients that soothe the skin and keep it healthy. These include aloe vera, vitamin E, watermelon seed oil and coconut which will extend the time of your tan and hydrate your skin well. Also, make sure to drink plenty of liquids to keep your body and skin hydrated from the inside out whilst you are exposed to the sun.
Going into the ocean to get a tan can really help you boost your skin tone. Not only does sea water have essential minerals that can enhance your tan, sea salt can attract the sunlight to your skin, so if you take a dip in the sea, layout before drying off. As water reflects sunlight onto swimming pools, too, one of the best tips on how to get a tan in a pool is to be in the water or lay on a float. In case you want to get a dark tan, dipping in the water will not be only cooling and relaxing, but effective at attracting sunlight to your skin.
Apricots: Apricots are rich in carotenoids, a natural pigment that gives them their beautiful yellowish brown color and provides anti-inflammatory support to skin. Along with vitamin A, they also protect the skin from UV damage and ageing.
Carrots: Carrots are a beauty food and when eaten raw, they keep all of their beneficial skin properties. These include a healthy glow from their high beta carotene content, the reduction of fine lines, plumper skin from vitamin C and a more even skin tone.
Mangoes: Mangoes reduce acid in the body, improve digestion and boost the immune system which can all prevent breakouts and can even be used to cleanse and moisturise from the outside when applied directly to the skin.
H2O: Spring or filtered water hydrates your body and is essential when you spend time outside. Be sure to drink at least every 20 minutes if you are in the sun, taking small sips. Room temperature water is better for health in general so try to avoid ice cold water when you can.
Getting the perfect tan has never been easier! Happy Summer!
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