Responsible tanning is important because of two things. First, it is an indicator of taking the time for self-care, as is evidenced by the abundance and high demand for tanning products in the market. Second, the earth is now more vulnerable to the sun's UV rays because of the deteriorating ozone layer. The danger of getting skin damage is higher now more than ever.
So, the next time you decide to get a tan, protect your skin by getting hold of these tanning essentials.
Direct exposure to the sun results in skin dryness, among other things, hence the need to moisturise. Apply it before, and on the day you hit the beach. It won’t protect you from harmful UV rays but, it will nevertheless reduce the potential damage. Moreover, tans last longer on moisturised skin. This is because flaky skin will quickly shed off a tan.
Choose products with intense-moisturising ingredients. For instance, Bali Body, an Australian brand of tanning and skin care products, uses aloe vera in its moisturising lotions because it deeply hydrates the skin. It also soothes skin irritation due to eczema and sun burns.
Applying sunscreen along with your tanning lotion is also necessary. It may seem like each product cancels the other out, but this isn’t the case: your skin can still tan even with sunscreen applied on it. Sunscreen simply gives you the added benefit of UV protection.
Most sunscreens have UVB protection. UVB rays are responsible for sun burns and malignant melanoma. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sunscreens with SPF 15 can block 93% of Ultra Violet B rays; SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF50 blocks 98%. If your sunscreen offers “broad spectrum” protection, that means it can also block UVA rays which cause early skin ageing.
It’s important to note, however, that no sunscreen can completely block all UV rays.
Tanning oils serve as tanning accelerators that help you achieve an even tan. Additionally, many tanning oils today also contain moisturising oils and SPF protection. This triple benefit makes tanning oils necessary for people who wish to shorten their tanning time and enjoy some skin nourishing benefits besides.
These are the three essentials you need to get a natural-looking tan. More importantly, they help reduce the negative side-effects of the sun’s UV rays.