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4 tips for a healthy tan

Serkan Sıtkı Şahin /

Hot days, cool nights can only mean one thing: Summer. But in the midst of the excitement, don’t forget the importance of safe tanning.

Excessive exposure to sunlight can cause physical changes in your skin such as wrinkles, freckles, age spots and texture changes.

Follow these four tips to counter these effects and tan safely.

1. Cleanse your skin

To get the best possible tan outdoors, you should cleanse your skin before sunbathing. The cleansing process removes dead cells from the top layer of the skin and makes the skin look healthy. Removing dead cells can even change your skin tone. This cleansing process can remove dirt and oil that clog pores and even prevent acne.

You can remove dead skin cells by making cost-effective scrubs with a washcloth or exfoliating mitt. If you have less dead skin cells in the top layer of your skin, your skin layer will withstand the sun longer. Removing dead skin also allows you to tan more easily.

2. Use a sunscreen

Contrary to the beliefs of tanning enthusiasts, you can tan with sunscreen and it’s better to do so. Sun protection factor (SPF) extends the time you spend in the sun without exposure to additional skin damage. Therefore, the higher SPF provides better protection against ultraviolet B “burning rays” (UVB) rays, despite UVA protection. Sunscreens labeled as “broad spectrum” can protect against both UVB and UVA rays.

The amount of sunscreen that a person should apply should be 2 milligrams per square centimeter (mg / cm2) to the exposed skin in the sun. For example, if a person is 163 cm tall, weighs 68 kg, and has a waist circumference of 82 cm and is wearing a swimsuit that covers the groin area, 29 g must be applied evenly to the exposed body area to benefit from the stated SPF protection of the sunscreen product.

Reapply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before and 15 to 30 minutes after sun exposure. According to a study; The sooner you apply your sunscreen after sunbathing, the less UV rays will damage your skin.

3. Do not overexpose your skin to the sun

To achieve a healthy and radiant tan, do not overexpose your skin to UV rays. To reduce sunburn, it’s best to split your time under the sun evenly and tan. Spending a whole day at the beach can give you a tanned look but leave you with a sunburn when you leave. The best way to achieve a healthy summer glow is to tan in small doses. Staying in the sun for half an hour to an hour a day allows your body to produce enough melanin to help you with your next tan.

4. Put on your sunglasses and hat

Don’t forget your sunglasses and hat to get an even tan. Your eyes and the skin around your eyes are sensitive to UV rays. Lack of proper care can lead to the development of eye diseases such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and eye cancers.

According to their properties, sunglasses can block 99 percent of UV rays. Be careful not to fall asleep in the sun with your sunglasses.

A wrap-around hat can protect your ears, eyes, forehead, nose and scalp while looking stylish while tanning. If you don’t like big, wide hats, you can choose a hat that can shade your face.

Finally, when you go outside after a day of sunbathing, don’t forget to give your skin time to repair itself. These four tips will give you a healthy and glowing appearance.

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