Sunny, warm days are going to be the norm this summer season. There’s something about achieving a gorgeous summer tan that gets us all in that summer mood, isn’t there? Of course, we often stress the importance of taking care of your skin and protecting it from the sun we realize that you’re going to want to get a bit of a glow from the sun this summer. The sun does bring us a lot of incredible benefits, but it’s essential that you’re practicing summer tanning safety. What do we mean? We’re sharing tips on how to make sure you’re tanning safely this summer.
Use a Quality SPF
Yes, even though your goal may be to get a tan applying SPF is necessary. But just applying any SPF that you find or have isn’t going to do the trick. One of the most important steps to making sure that you’re being safe about your tanning practices this summer is using a quality SPF product on your skin. What do we mean by this? Experts suggest ensuring that you’re using a broad spectrum SPF product on your skin. Broad spectrum means that the product helps to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays, so both types of rays that the sun produces. This will help ensure that your skin is well protected even when you’re out in the sun.
Accommodate Your Skin
While many people feel like the only way to really get a tan is to sit in the sun all day every day, that’s just not the case. Experts suggest that your skin has a limit as to how tan it can get in one day. In fact, most people will only experience a change in their color with 2-3 hours in the sun. It’s said that after that baseline time, your skin color isn’t going to change and you’re much more likely to end up with a lot of damage to the skin. Keep that in mind when you’re outdoors this summer, and you are eager to achieve a tan. Keep the time in the sun down, because you won’t do yourself any favors otherwise.
Give Your Skin a Break
Going off of what we mentioned above, even when you’re spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun make sure that you’re giving your skin a break. Taking a break and sitting in the shade throughout the day will help your skin to calm down, and help to keep your skin from being at risk to UV damage.
Consume a Lot of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are discussed frequently in skin care, because they’re so beneficial to the skin’s health and appearance. Experts, especially dermatologists stress the benefits of consuming a lot of quality sources of antioxidants into your diet. Between supplements and foods that are high in antioxidants, they can help your skin protect itself from UV damage from the sun. Antioxidants essentially help your skin form a stronger protective barrier from the inside out. (This doesn’t mean you can skip SPF, though!)