A fake bake can’t quite beat the real deal when it comes to feel-good factor of basking in the sunlight. While we all holiday in our back garden (when the weather permits) you might be using the time to relax and get in some tanning time. With the summer well on the way, how can you tan safely without damaging your skin?
At Vita-Tan we have put together our top tips for a safe, but killer tan.
- Don’t scrimp on sunscreen
Let’s not confuse sunscreen with sun block, it’s an old age myth that wearing sun cream will stop you getting a tan. It won’t! It will however protect your skin from the harmful UV rays that cause long-term skin damage. When you choose a sunscreen check the label to make sure that it is a good all-rounder and offers high protection from UVA and UVB.
Sunscreen doesn’t stop the production of melanin which is what causes the skin to get that luscious glow. Remember, UV rays can still penetrate through clouds so always protect your skin in all weather!
- Get to know your tan time
We all have that one friend that gets a deep tan with hardly any effort and the one who burns at the first sight of sun! Well interestingly, everyone has a tanning cut off point where the body physically cannot produce any more melanin. Even if you’re outside for a solid 6 hours, the tanning time remains the same. It’s around the 2-hour mark but people with fairer skin it is probably a bit lower. After that point, you’re just risking sunburn and skin damage.
- Take regular breaks
If we only have around 2 hours of good tanning time, space it out. Regular breaks lower the UV intensity and it means a longer lasting, healthier tan. The sun is at its strongest between 11am and 2pm, so be extra careful and take a few additional breaks.
- Eat sun rich foods!
Sun and food- now you’re talking. There are some foods that are known to boost the skins own SPF, known as lycopene. Red and orange fruit and veg are some of the best sources and can actually boost your own sun protection by 33%! Another cracking antioxidant is polyphenols found in green tea (seriously is there anything that magic tea can’t help with!) and some omega-3 rich foods like oily fish. Finally finish off with some dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is full of flavonoids that can help to protect against sunburn. That’s a full delicious meal and pudding right there that will actually protect your skin too.
- Swap your tan accelerating creams to supplements
This isn’t us just being biased by the way. Research has shown that tan accelerating creams are total rubbish and can’t do anything to stimulate the body’s natural melanin. BUT supplements can. Copper is one of the main ingredients in Vita-Tan an is essential for melanin production in the skin. If you’re pale and struggle to tan, then this is a great option for you! Even some of our paler customers are showcasing their newly discovered tan lines.
Get your glow on!
Remember, safe and sensible tanning is the best way. Always wear sunscreen and protect your skin. Using vita-tan will give your melanin a kickstart for a longer lasting, deeper tan for maximum satisfaction.
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