One of natures’ most craved for luxuries that occur abundantly and is freely given is sunbathing and if you visit the beach at the beginning of summer you will realize just how much people had missed the bright sunshine. Apart from the glow and warmth, the human body appears to send a signal about deficiencies that the rays from the sun need to replenish and restore.
Tanning is a process in which the skin color is darkened and is most often the result of getting exposed to ultraviolet rays coming from the sun. People who choose to tan their skin by exposing it to the sun engage in sunbathing. Apart from the sun, there are artificial sources like the tanning lamp or chemical products, both of which can change the color of the skin.
A mild exposure contributes to the production of Vitamin D and Melanin by the body. Melanin is the body’s natural sunburn protection. But excessive exposure to UV rays may produce negative health effects, including the risk of skin cancer and sunburn. But judging by the crowds that flock beaches and spend entire days sunbathing, we may safely assume there are more benefits in terms of beauty and health that can be derived from exposure. We discuss below six ways you can get more beautiful with a tan:
1. Choosing Your Ultraviolet Source
Nothing beats the sun for ultraviolet sunshine. Bask in sunshine for as long as your body signals, “enough.” But also keeping it in moderation will protect your skin from looking like tanned leather. And if the skies do not permit, you may use tanning beds, which are equally effective, and come in all year round, even during winter months.
2. Keep Skin Hydrated
If your skin is well hydrated, chances are it will tan better than if it’s dry and dusty. You may hydrate your skin by the following methods:
- Taking a shower and scrubbing yourself to remove dry cells gently with a cloth or any of the exfoliating soaps.
- Moisturizing your skin with a lotion. Using a lotion with a sodium base helps maintain a healthy outer layer of your skin.
- Applying sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating of 15. If your skin is light, apply sunscreen with a higher SPF rating and vice versa if you are dark skinned.
- Applying lip balm.
3. Expose Your Skin
Retaining as little clothing as possible (bikini for ladies and trunks for men) ensures your body will absorb as much sun rays as possible. Clothing inhibits tanning and unless you wish for a patchwork of quilted lines, you need to wear the same swimsuit you intended for a swim. Lounge yourself in your own backyard, on an ocean beach or any place with sufficient sun penetration like a lawn. Obtain a chair, water and a towel. Reading is a popular pastime when tanning.
4. Move About as You Tan
To get the best exposure for an all-over-brown, you need to keep on moving and exposing places the sun has difficulty reaching. Frontways, back ways and sideways will expose your underarms and neck. People with a liberal holiday itinerary could plan to spend one day on their backside and the next day on the front side. And you can combine walking, jogging with tanning.
5. Eating Sun-friendly Foods
Some foods are known to increase lycopene, which is the skin’s own SPF. This is an antioxidant found in oranges, tomatoes and other vegetables. It’s said to boost sun protection by 33%. Skin experts also advise other antioxidants called polyphenols, for instance; green tea. Sipping it regularly can help shield yourself from harmful rays. Dark chocolate retains flavonoids that are known to protect against intense sunburn, and an occasional intake of caffeine is said to help cut the risk of developing skin cancer.
6. Using a Tanning Bed
For persons desperate for a tan during the months of winter, when the sun is scarce, using a tanning bed with indoor tanning lotion can be the best fit. Originally started as a scientific experiment, the artificial lights used can produce incredible results. Indoor tanning has now become a popular industry for those willing to stay golden brown throughout the year. Initial fears spread earlier have now been dispelled and recent improvements have made them safe to use.
If your body is absorbing the right combination of light rays, researchers say, not only will you get a golden healthy glow that is much sought after but your body will also produce more vitamin D. This vitamin has been linked to good bone health, hair and skin.
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Guest Author Bio: My name is Karen. I specialize in skin care and other related issues. I advise people on the best products for their skin, as well as reviewing cosmetics and beauty products. If you have any concerns, query or any issue, feel free to reach out to me.