It may be a quick fix to a quick tan but, don't fall for these commercial tans as the tans are not as healthy as they look! The tanning beds give out high level of UVA and literally close to zero level of UVB which can increase your risk of skin cancer by over 75%!
When it comes to sunscreen, it is best to err on the safe side. Always go for higher SPF protection AND also look out for broad spectrum protection of UVA. In terms of SPF level, SPF30 blocks out about 9% of UVB rays and SPF50 filters about 98%. Aim to use sunscreens that are at least SPF30 protection.
If you plan to be out in the sun for a prolonged period of time, then remember to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours. It may seem like a hassle but it is well-worth your time if you can save your skin from dryness & a few more lines!
It may be tempting to lounge out in the sun the whole day hoping to accelerate your tanning speed but the reality is that your skin reaches a tanning curve where it just won't be able to product anymore melanin (the tanning pigment that gives you the tan color). Most people's tanning curve is about 2 to 3 hours out in the sun and if you have fair skin, this time may be shorter. Staying out in the sun for longer period that you should will subject your skin to damage that could be irreversible.
Yes, the holy grail of good skin starts with drinking plenty of water especially if you are going to be out in the sun! Replenish your body with water every 15 minutes out in the sun and you'll thank us later!
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