Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors. It is also the best time to get and maintain a healthy tan. Careless, negligent tanning or exposure to too much sunlight can result in harmful health consequences, including cancer. To get a healthy tan without getting burned, here are some tips to consider:
When you go to the beach, bring a good pair of sunglasses and enough sunscreen for multiple applications throughout the day. Wear a hat and T-shirt when engaging in outdoor sports or relaxing.
Before going out, clean your skin to remove dirt, dead skin, stuffing, deodorant, creams and perfumes. These things make the skin more susceptible to sunburn. Make it a point to shower first before getting a tan.
Use a good sunscreen with an appropriate SPF (sun protection factor) before going out in the sun. This speeds up the tanning process without damaging your skin. Cover all skin areas unless you want uneven spots later. For a sensitive skin, choose an allergy-friendly sun care product.
Don’t go out between 12 and 3 o’clock as the sun is strongest at this time. Be sure to limit your time outdoors, especially when the sun is setting the most. Wait two days between tanning sessions to avoid overexposure. Each session should only last for 15 to 20 minutes. The morning sun is best for tanning as it has less harmful radiation.
Be very careful, especially if you have light skin that is more susceptible to sun damage. Other high-risk groups include people who often burn or do poorly, those with lots of freckles or moles, those under 16, and people with a family history of skin cancer.