Fair skinned beach babes, don't suffer in the summer months. Use these tanning tips for pale people and get a golden glow without all the tomato red drama. For those of us more prone to sunburn, the summer can be a tricky time. We want a healthy, happy, bronze, but our tender skin isn't up to the challenge of a suntan session.
Even ladies blessed with greater sun exposure super powers shouldn't be baking away at the beach or in a tanning salon. Sun damage caused by exposure to UV rays creates serious outcomes including increased risk of skin cancer and extrinsic aging of your epidermis (aka premature wrinkles and spots).
If you have fair skin, take it slow. Imagine this is the 1950s and you are courting your suntan, cautiously and with great respect. Sunscreen is your constant chaperone. If you play all your card right, your golden tone will be a sure thing in a couple short weeks.
The American Cancer Society encourages you to employ their elegant catchphrase, “Slip! Slop! Slap!® and Wrap," to remember slipping on a shirt, slopping on sunscreen, slapping on a hat, and wrapping on your sunnies. The sexiness of this slogan notwithstanding, we have a few extra tips that might be more copacetic with your glam lady summer life.
Get Smart About Sun Hours
Exfoliate and Moisturize
Gently slough off old skin cells and make way for a healthy tan with a weekly exfoliating scrub. And moisturize like your life depends on it. Apply lotion each morning and evening to keep skin nourished. Along with quenching your skin, you need to quench your thirst. Keep your insides moisturized and drink a lot of water while you're in the sun and out. This will keep your skin from getting dehydrated and rubbery.
Protect Your Lips
Dry, chapped lips are a bummer if you're on the makeout circuit. Keep your lips smooth and soft with a lip balm with SPF. Not only do burned lips look bad, they hurt like a mother.
Sand and Water Increase Sun's Wattage
If you are at the beach, lake, or river side (or have a backyard filled with sand), be mindful of your sun time. The reflection of the sun off water or sand ramp up your exposure to harmful rays, even under an umbrella. Sometimes even clouds can increase sunburn-ability, so don't use a cloudy day as an excuse to sunbathe without sunscreen. The Environmental Protection Agency has a cool app that shows the UV Index in your area. A higher UV Index means more sun risk, so take that into account before you hit the surf.
Protect Your Locks
If your skin is sensitive to sun, you can bet your scalp and hair are, too. Find a fun, floppy hat and use a conditioner or styling product with UV protectant.
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