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May 16, 2008

Hot tips for proper tanning

Filed under: skin — Tags: , , — marley howards @ 7:05 am

Summer is a great time to show off some skin, well, a lot of it. But it’s also the time most of us are exposed to UV (ultraviolet) rays. Getting a little sun is good but too much can make our skin age prematurely, which will leave our skin feeling feeling and looking dry and brittle. Ugh, I don’t want to imagine. So, here are a few sun care tips.

1. Shield the eyes and skin as much as you can. Throw on a wide-brimmed hat and bring along a sarong, and don’t forget those sunglasses with UV protection.

2. We can’t actually see UV rays so use at least SPF15 sunscreen ALL the time.

3. Apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before going out to give your skin enough time to absorb it.

4. Don’t miss the top of your shoulders, feet, and the area behind your ears when applying the sunscreen. These spots are the first to burn. Also, put some sunscreen on the areas that are covered by your swimsuit because the sun can also penetrate those parts.

5. If you’re going on an outdoor swimming or doing outdoor sports that will make you sweat,reapply a sunscreen every two hours.

6. UV rays are at its worst from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm so avoid a direct contact under the sun.

7. One of the secrets to getting a great tan is to not overdo it. A natural tan takes 24-48 hours to develop. So don’t think that staying under the sun and thus getting sunburnt will give you a good tan.

8. After basking under the sun,apply an after-sun lotion to calm and soothe your skin. Use after-sun products with vitamin E and aloe to replenish lost moisture after sun exposure.

9. Summer isn’t the only time when you should mind the sun because the UV rays can penetrate even if it’s cloudy.

The weather isn’t just cooperating and it turns out that the seasons have mixed up with each other. Tropical countries which are supposed to be splurging in the hot sun are experiencing typhoons and those who are supposed to be chilling in the rain are sweating because of the scorching sun. Nevertheless, one of the best things about summer is getting tanned and  with these tips, there would be no need to go on artificial tanning and pay big bucks for it.


1 Comment »

  1. i wish my buddy tubesteak read your blog before he did this:

    Comment by helmet head — May 23, 2008 @ 2:48 pm

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