24 Ultimate Sun Tanning Tips

For all the sun tanning lovers, here are ultimate tips and tricks list to get sexy look and healthy skin, avoiding ultraviolet skin harm. Since UV exposure is cumulative in lifetime, it is important to get benefits from a natural UV treatment – our lovely Sun and minimize the harm! Learn how to get tan and don’t get burn. Sunbathers, please approach to the tips down below.

Sunny beach

Sunny beach, photo by Alex E. Proimos/flickr.com

  1. Calculate your UV factor lotion. Expose to the sun rays and relax, but only after informing about today’s UV Index.  UV Index can vary on hours basis, it is desirable to protect yourself from the Sun overexposure. A little bit of inattention can cause burning, skin damage, eye damage, premature skin aging or even skin cancer. “The ultraviolet index or UV Index is an international standard measurement of the strength of the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun at a particular place on a particular day.”-  Wikipedia – Ultraviolet index. UV Index value higher than 6 can cause damage, but on the other side, you can’t get tan without powerful sun rays. How to calculate your own protecting UV factor?Do you have thin or thick skin? How dark is your skin? Everyone can get sunburns, it is important to use right UV factor product. The dermatologists recommend for people with skin type 1, which means those with very light and sensitive skin, to use products with factor 15 and above. People with skin type 2, should protected themselves using SPF 12 or higher. And dark skinned people, skin type 3, at the start should use SPF 8. If you really never get burned in the sun and very quickly get desired color, you belong to the skin type 4, and may rely on the SPF 4. These are recommendations which should adhere to if you spend summer in temperate climates on the continent. If you spend summer at sea, you should use the higher protective factors of the above, recommended at least 15.
  2. Use enough sun lotion and spread it on your skin at least 20 minutes before the exposure. Certain time is needed for lotions to get to skin and begin to protect properly.
  3. Use sunscreen even if it’s cloudy, since UV rays can get through clouds much easier than visible light.
  4. Calculate how often you need to repeat protection and use it regularly. Less factor lotion gives less time protection. Water, clothing, dust, sweat can slightly remove the lotion. Usually it will be OK if reapplied every two hours.
  5. Protect the whole body. There are places on the body which we often forget to protect in sunbathing.  Ears, scalp and feet are usually forgotten areas.
  6. Don’t sum the protecting factors. For example, applying the factor 15 over 30 factors will not enhance protection activities. Use as high factor as possible and you will be protected.
  7. Don’t use makeup with UV protection as a replacement for sun lotion. Regardless the fact that majority of cosmetic products for the face contain some SPF, dermatologists say that it would require seven times to use makeup with protection, to get protection to be effective as those provided by the sun lotions.
  8. Be aware of food and drugs which enhance photo sensibility. Some drugs, like ones for blood pressure regulation or birth control pills increase the sensitivity of skin to harmful sun rays. Also, celery, parsley, lemon and other citrus contain photosensitive ingredients which combined with the sunlight can potentially cause the dark spots on the skin.
  9. Protect lips.The lips are an area constantly exposed to the sun and it is easy to remove protection from. While we eat, drink or talk a protection slowly vanishes and therefore it should always be applied. Lip gloss often doesn’t contain sunscreen,  it is best to use the lotion.

    UV protection lotion

    UV protection lotion, photo by Jacrews7/flickr.com

  10. Short-term exposure to the sun is most useful and less dangerous, especially at start.
  11. Stay more in the shade, wear protective clothing in the sun, avoid the sun between 11 am and 3 pm, especially at 12 pm when the sun rays are intense.
  12. Wear a light hat that protects the face and back of the head, areas which are exposed more.
  13. If you are unable to avoid the sun, use proper protection.
  14. Eat food rich in anti oxidants – olives, green tea, vitamin C.
  15. Prepare your body for the sun exposure by taking foods rich in beta carotene. This will provide sufficient amounts of vitamin A, necessary for the desirable  tan. Carrots contain this pro-vitamin, use this natural preparation for tanning instead of pills.
  16. Choose sunglasses with right form for making as few ultraviolet rays as possible to leak in.
  17. You should slowly rise up the time you spend in the sun. In the begin, pink skin in OK. Skin needs to react a bit, most important is not to overexpose yourself in the first days.
  18. Wear sunglasses. Pay attention to the quality of glasses and sunglasses, only buy those with a valid declaration.
  19. If you use the contact lenses, be sure they have UV protection. They are excellent replacement for sunglasses especially during summer activities.
  20. Avoid going into the water with contact lenses or if you do so, use only one-day lenses.
  21. Do not look at the sun and don’t forget there is reflection from water, stones, sand, etc. This reflected rays do harm to your eyes.
  22. Don’t use perfume and antiperspirant which can react with the sun rays. It should be avoided.
  23. Protect the hair from the sun. The hair is also exposed to harmful sun rays. Use hat or the hair spray formulas. Although hair consists of dead cells and is not in health danger, the sun lowers it’s quality as the hair dries and makes brittle and fragile.
  24. In the evening, during and after your vacation (or any greater sun exposure) use aloe vera gel or similar! It keeps skin smooth and hydrated, as the sun dries it.

Be careful and enjoy your sunbathing!