Beautiful skin makes women feel more confident, and glowing tan skin is truly a dream for many. It does not only make a person look healthy and sexy, but also slimmer. However, getting a brown tan seems to require lots of time and effort, and sometimes the result is not what we wanted. Before going sunbathing, there are some precautions that should be taken. In this article, we will reveal all the secret tips for getting the perfect skin color while sharing with you useful advice from specialists. Let’s start!
Health risk from the skin tanning to be aware of
First, you need to know that getting tan skin, by either outdoor sunbathing or with tanning products is not risk-free. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Department of Health Services, tanning is declared as a “human carcinogen”.
Moreover, while exposed to the sun, your skin could be harmed by the UVA and UVB sun rays which may lead (after repeated bad habits) to skin diseases such as skin cancer if you are not careful.
What are the dangers of sun rays to my skin?
Here we have listed the main negative effects or diseases that direct sunlight can cause to your skin if you stay under the sun for too long:
The primary common effect is sunburn, also known as erythema in certain cases. UV overexposure will harm your skin’s epidermis or the outer layer of the latter. If you spend too much time sunbathing, you will end up with stinging red skin or painful skin peeling. So, pay attention to protect yourself from UV rays.
Another long-term side effect of tanning that many people seem to not take into consideration is that UV radiation can prematurely age your skin. Indeed, skin tanning can damage skin-youthening collagen and elastin fiber. As a result, you may find new wrinkles and dark spots on your body.
Actinic keratosis is a rough, scaly patch on the skin that develops from long-term sun exposure. Solar keratosis will slowly grow and usually appears in people aged 40 and over. This odd effect is considered as a premalignant skin condition that can easily develop into dangerous skin cancer.
The worst negative effect is definitely skin cancer. Before we go on, be aware that skin cancer can happen to people of every skin color and of any age.
According to the American Cancer Society, sun exposure is one of the main reasons that cause skin cancer. Unfortunately, there are over one million skin cancers diagnosed every year in the United States.
There are two main categories of skin cancers:
- Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that occurs in cells known as melanocytes. This type is less common but more dangerous because it can quickly spread to other organs. If you haven’t gotten the proper treatment at an early stage, it might lead to fatal complications.
- Non-Melanoma cancer usually occurs in the basal or squamous cells located at the base of the epidermis and is more common than the previously mentioned cancer. Non-Melanoma will slowly develop in the upper layer of the skin and often be found in the face, ears, neck, lips and the nacks of the hands. The first sign of this cancer is usually the appearance of a lump or patch on the skin that is still not healed after a few weeks.
Secret tips to get golden skin naturally
After all this dramatic talk, it’s time to reveal all our tanning secrets that will help you achieve beautiful glowing skin without the fear of any side effects/diseases.
Here are the safest ways to get darker skin naturally:
1. Skin-healthy diet consumption
“You are what you eat” is the best advice ever! Consuming a skin-healthy diet is the easy way to get beautiful skin. Undeniably, the best fruit for better skin is a tomato. Tomatoes contain lycopene which contributes to a good complexion and healthy skin, and most importantly, tomatoes and carrots help prevent skin damage from UV rays.
2. Using natural oils
Oils are a must-have item for tan lovers. Certain natural oils coming from avocados, coconuts, raspberries, and carrots have the ability to hydrate the skin and provide natural SPF protection.
3. Using skin darkening moisturizers
Nowadays, you can easily find many moisturizer products that can naturally darken your skin. These products are generally available in your nearby supermarket. That said, remember that it is essential to keep your skin moisturized during and after a tanning session as well.
4. Sunbathing Wisely
To get natural tan skin without any risk, you inevitably have to get loads of vitamin D from the sun. The first step is to choose your tanning time wisely. We suggest early in the morning (when the temperature allows it) and after 3 pm, which offer the best conditions for taking a sunbath.
Finally, don’t forget to use sunscreen lotion with at least 30 SPF, very important, especially if you have sensitive skin. Oh, and don’t forget to flip your body around to not stay still for too long.
Well, now you know all the secrets for getting the best glowing tan skin that you were dreaming of, enjoy and be careful!