Tips To Help You Get Tanned Safely

Agreed that it is fashionable to look tanned but then it is also necessary to take adequate protection before you venture out into the sun. No matter what, it is important to follow safe sun practices. Because it is essential to know that tanning may lead to problems like skin cancer, cataracts, wrinkles, premature aging, blemishes and yes, even a weakened immune system.

Apart from this, excess of the sun can also cause rashes, itching, fungal infections and contact dermatitis. Here are some tips that can be followed by you to acquire a safe and healthy tan.

  • Avoid the sun when it is at its harshest that is between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A cloudy sky doesn't mean that the sun can't harm you. It still can. So, be extremely careful not to venture out during this time. And yes, for those who think that being in the snow or the lazy beach means that the sun can't do them any harm are absolutely wrong. In fact, the sun's rays are strongly reflected at these locations and that can actually prove to be worse.

  • Do not forget to wear sunscreens and sunblocks: It is almost a sin to do so. Hence, be extremely careful and lather on sunscreen equipped with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF), at least 15-20 minutes before facing the sun. Broad-spectrum sunscreens claim to protect you against both- UVA as well as UVB rays. Do not be stingy with the use of the sunscreen. Apply it liberally all over the exposed area of the body and reapply after every 2-3 hours. Nowadays, cosmetic products like lipsticks etc. also have in-built moisturizers as well as sunscreens. Try and opt for these kind of products.

    Sunscreens should be used even on young children especially when they are going out to play but not on those younger than 6 months as the chemicals in the sunscreens might irritate their sensitive skins.

    Most self-tanning products like lotions and gels do not contain in-built sunscreen. So, it is important to apply one even if you have applied a self-tanning product.

  • Do try and wear protective clothing gear like scarves, hats and caps while going out.

  • Sunglasses are also extremely important to protect your sensitive eyes from the harsh glare of the sun. Purchase good quality sunglasses which block out 99 to almost 100 % of the rays. Even children are recommended to wear sunglasses.

  • Do check for any abnormal growth on the skin or abrupt growth of moles etc. Also look out for changes in texture, size, color and shape of blemishes that do not heal. They may be pre-cancerous skin conditions. Even a sore throat that does not heal can indicate a cancer. It is advisable to go the doctor at the earliest and rule out any such condition.

  • Do take extra precautions if you have a particularly sensitive skin. Also, if you are on certain medications or pills, like the birth control pills, then it is absolutely advisable to follow all the precautions before going in for tanning.

Also, it is better that you go in for moderate tanning. In simple terms, moderate tanning refers to getting a tan without getting sunburned. All of it basically depends on the type of skin of the person. If the person is green-eyed and fair, it is difficult for him to acquire a tan. He will rather get sunburned and that should be avoided at all costs.

On the other hand, a dark-skinned person will get tanned easily even with a short duration of sun exposure. Thus, moderate tanning is the right way to go on. It is okay to acquire a tan slowly and gradually rather burning yourself out in the sun at one instance. So, be smart and get a tan without getting yourself sunburned.