Tanning is something many women like to indulge in to give themselves a beautiful, even glow. Sometimes, though, tanning can be deadly. It’s estimated that nearly 73,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer – the deadliest form – in 2015, and of those, 9,000 will die (American Cancer Society statistics, 2015). Those numbers are absolutely astounding – but there are ways to protect your skin and body so that you can safely tan or get a golden glow without causing severe skin damage or risking death. Lionesse has put together a few of those tips below to help you stay safe.
Use Self or Sunless Tanner
Sunless or self-tanner are awesome products that can give you an even, beautiful glow over the course of a few days, and the tan can be maintained through repeated use of the product. This is the safest method when it comes to tanning, as you are in no way exposing your skin to radiation or harmful UV rays from the sun. Choose a good sunless tanning product for the ultimate in golden brown skin.
Use Sunscreen and Reapply Often
If you are going to be spending time outdoors in the sun, you will want to make sure you are using a good quality sunblock for protection – at least 30 SPF, but preferably 50 – and reapply the product often. Contrary to popular belief, you will still tan through the use of sunscreen – but you will eliminate the harmful damage the sun can cause in the process.
Spray tanning is another fantastic and completely safe option when it comes to giving your skin that golden brown glow. A spray tan usually develops over the course of a few days to a week, and will give your entire body a beautiful, bronzed appearance. Many women favor spray tanning over spending time in a tanning booth due to the ease and efficiency, and safety of the procedure.
Avoid Tanning Booths
Avoiding tanning booths is always a smart decision, as many different skin cancers do arise out of the use of these tanning booths. Melanoma, and other types of cancer may form, as well as other unwanted effects such as premature aging through wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. Tanning booths are in no way, shape, or form safer than tanning in the sun. In fact, studies have shown indoor tanning to be even riskier than spending time outdoors. Avoid spending time in the tanning booth – even if it is only to get a ‘base tan’.
When opting for tan, bronzed skin, using a sunless method is always best. Choosing a good sunless tanning product is the best course of action and will give you natural looking results if applied right. Exfoliating your skin before use of sunless tanning products will ensure the product is more evenly distributed to the skin and absorbs better, giving you a streak free tan. Lionesse wants you to tan smarter this summer, and we hope this helpful article has steered you in the right direction.