Now that summer is here, it's time to put down the self-tanning products and go outside. There's nothing quite like the sun-kissed glow achieved from the summertime sun. If you've spent all winter slathering on sunless tanner, however, you may…
Remaining Sun Safe with a Spray Tan
Opting for a sunless tan is the first step on the road to healthier and younger-looking skin. If you love head-to-toe bronzed skin, an occasional spray tan is all you need to maintain your dream colour in any season. Spray tans make the perfect alternative to traditional tanning because they are convenient, effective and safe. In addition to getting spray tans, there are many different tanning products and accessories you can use to keep your golden glow all year long without harming your health. Combining them with a smart sun care routine can help keep your skin supple and smooth at any age.
The Benefits of Switching to Sunless Tan Solutions
- Reduce signs of aging and prevent wrinkles
- Lower your risk of developing skin cancer
- Prevent sun spots, freckles and other hyperpigmentation disorders
- Even out your skin tone and eliminate blemishes
- Protect sensitive skin from dryness and irritation
- Avoid damage to your vision
Sun Safety Tips
- Wear sunscreen with a high UV protection every time you step outside. While swapping sun-baking and solariums for a sunless tan is a great start, you still need to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Some people avoid using sunscreen after a spray tan because they’re afraid it will ruin their results. But if you wait until your skin is completely dry before applying sunscreen, it will not interfere with your colour. To be on the safe side and minimise the risk of fading your spray tan, use an oil-free sunscreen with an SFP rating of 15 or higher.
- Reapply sunscreen when you are on the go. You can generally wait about three hours in between applications, but that number can change depending on the weather, your complexion and what you’re doing. Humidity, contact with water and sweating can decrease your sunscreen’s effectiveness almost instantly. If you are at the beach, you should reapply your lotion at least every two hours and immediately after you swim. In addition to staying on top of sunscreen applications, remember to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated in hot weather and to protect yourself from heat stroke.
- Wear an extra layer of protection when you are planning to spend the day outdoors. Depending on the SPF rating, sunscreen can block between 94 and 98 percent of UVB rays in controlled conditions. That number can be lower if you miss a spot, sweat, swim or forget to reapply. To make up for any coverage flaws, wear protective clothes and accessories when you know you are going to be in direct sunlight. Choose a wide-brimmed hat that shades your face and sunglasses with built-in UV protection.