Long gone are the days when white, pale skin was considered beautiful and appealing. Fair skin can sometimes look very pale, and look as though one has not been exposed to the sunlight for ages. So many light-skinned people, from youngsters to golden agers, opt to tan their skin to make them look fabulous and attractive. While sun kissed tan may look all radiant and tempting, that is not the only benefit tans provide us with. Tanning can help us stay lighthearted by releasing the “feel-good” hormones, like beta-endorphins and much, much more. But what are the methods by which you can get that beautiful, glowing, and suntanned skin? Let’s check them out, shall we?
Natural Sun Tan
Lying out in the sun and soaking it all up is the most common and conventional way to get sunkissed, but there are some factors that you need to keep in mind in order to keep yourself protected from the harmful rays of the sun. You need to apply a lotion or oil with a low SPF to fend off the harmful UV rays from damaging your skin. You can choose to put on lotions, mists or oil rubs with SPF between four and fifteen. Also, wear a lip balm when exposed to the sun to prevent chapped, sunburned lips.
While resting under the sun, make sure to turn your body routinely to get an even tan. The rule of thumb is to rotate your body in a 1/4 revolution every half hour to prevent awkward tan lines. Try to avoid the peak hours, between 10am to 4 pm, as the sun’s rays are the strongest during these hours and might get you sunburned.
Nowadays, many sunless tanning products are available in the stores that can work wonders. Self tanners are a great way to get tanned even when the sun fails to shine. The self tanning lotions add pigments to the skin when applied. Make sure to apply the lotion evenly to cover all your skin. Spray tans have also gained much popularity. It contains three-carbon compound, DHA, which reacts with the skin to add color to your complexion. Spray tans are usually very concentrated and has to be applied quite a few times to get the desired level of tan.
Another tanning procedure that has been in the spotlight for quite a while is the melanotan tanning. Melanotan is a synthetic variant of the melanocyte-stimulating hormone in our body. It is usually consumed through injections and causes a reaction in the body, resulting in a natural tan. This is mainly helpful to people who are allergic or develop adverse reaction symptoms when exposed to sunlight.
Tanning beds are a great way to get tanned quickly and effectively. Tanning beds contain UV light bulbs that emit UV radiation, analogous to that of the sun. These rays stimulate melanocytes in the skin to produce melanin, the dark pigment of the skin, resulting in a tan. Melanin protects the skin from burning. So it serves as your body’s protection to UV light. Make sure to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from the UV rays.