Even with all the known risks of tanning, it seems many still see it as a must do and so they head off to the beach to enjoy some summer rays. Both men and women feel sexier and healthier wearing the natural glow of a tan. Enjoying your time at the beach can be safe with the right protection. The key to tanning is avoiding a sunburn by making sure your skin is properly protected.
These tips will help keep you looking beautifully tanned with a reduced risk of burning. The first thing you need to consider is sunscreen also called sun block or suntan lotion with an SPF number. SPF is short for Sun Protection Factor. The higher the SPF value the more protection for you. For example, an SPF of 30 will give you more protection than an SPF of 16. Apply sunscreen to any areas of your body that will be exposed to UV rays. You should reapply every four hours and more frequently if you will be swimming [yes, even if it is waterproof].
Sunscreen protects you from receiving a sunburn. However, if you exceed the time frame that you receive benefit for from your sunscreen you still could become burned. If you notice your skin starting to turn red or hot to the touch you should immediately get out of the sun and put on sun protection clothing. Always wear a hat to block the rays from reaching your face.
If you do become sunburned, take a cool shower to help relieve the pain and stop the burn for penetrating deeper. Aloe Vera works well to soothe the burn and apply moisture to the skin. Keep applying the aloe until the redness disappears and if the burn gets worse, you should see your doctor.
Tanning gives your skin a beautiful, youthful glow but you need to protect it from over exposure and sunburn otherwise, you are at risk of developing skin cancer in the years to come. Every year more than 3.5 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer. Those are alarming numbers.
The best way to spend time at the beach is always wearing sunscreen. If you apply regularly and after you have been in the water, you’ll get the best protection. You should avoid burning at all costs. It’s not only dangerous it’s painful. Enjoy your summer. Soak up some rays, but always make sure you do it safely.