9 “Tips” To Get Your Tan Quickly will help you figure out what is best for you and your risk level as well as for your skin tone. One size does not fit all in the tanning world.
9 “Tips” to get your tan quickly can be a helpful guide. However, you are exposing yourself to some serious risks. Think about your situation, your past experiences with the sun.
Exfoliating your skin is the first step. Eating foods rich in Beta Carptine and Lycopene will help your skin brighten and have some healthy natural color. Use a board spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 unless you are already dark-toned.
Use oils that are known for their natural SPF ability. Change positions often if you are laying in the sun. Avoid mid-day times. Morning and afternoon are better. Monitor your exposure times.
When your time is up if you plan to stay out, put on your sunhat, sunglasses, and your unblocking shirt. Clothing can keep you safe from too much sun.
What Happens In Your Body When You Tan
The tan we have been in love with all our lives will significantly increase our risk of skin cancer.
Dr. Roxana Daneshjou, a dermatology resident at the Stanford University School of Medicine, says:
“There’s really no safe tanning, other than applying a ‘fake’ color on your skin.”
“Some lighter skin tone people will not even tan until their skin reaches the burning point.” Then, you have to be sure you have no allergies to the product you use.
We should not make getting a tan something we do without some serious consideration. This is permanent damage you may be doing, even the first tan session on the beach.
Yes, you may be able to tan quickly, but it can’t be done safely. The damage may not show now or next week, but it eventually will. This is a definite lifestyle choice and will be with you forever.
Choose to skip the tan and protect your skin and maturity will find you with healthier skin.
Choose to get a tan, and you will look older before you should, even when drowning yourself in sunscreen.
How Sun Blocking Clothing Can Help You Control Your Tan
When you have decided that a tan is important enough to you to go ahead and get started it is time to grab your sun-blocking tools.
Your sun blocking tools include your sun hat, your sunglasses, and your sunblocking shirt. Your sunblocking shirt should be loose-fitting and long sleeve, either tightly woven or SPF-treated. As well, you will need long pants that are also either tightly woven or SPF-treated.
Before you go out into the sun, if it is before 10 AM, you will need sunscreen on your face at the very least, if you have a medium risk for sunburn. After your safe time of 30 minutes, slip on your sun blocking shirt to make sure you stop tanning.
There is always tomorrow to resume tanning, but enough today, and to stay safe you must stop.
If you are out in the higher sun-times from 10 AM to 4 PM, you will need to cut exposure time in half or less. Timing is determined due to your skin’s base color. Know your risk, and time yourself accordingly.
Check Sun Danger Where You Are
The EPA has a site that allows you to type in your address and zip code and get accurate information about riks on our sun-times that day.
You can use this link to make the right decisions about your time in the sun.
By using sun blocking clothing and sunscreen, and carefully watching your exposure time, you will soon have a tan, and not a sunburn.
With good choices about how you spend time in the sun, you can have some of both worlds. You don’t have to over-expose your skin to the sunburn point to get tan. That is how we thought things worked back when I was young.
Now, we know that is the reason we have all the skin issues that we have. We didn’t have the right information to work with.
My one request that I have is that the conversations go on with your friends about safely tanning keeping your skin from sunburning.
Have a plan and use a good approach to gradual tanning. This will give you the best tan and a healthier tan. Sunburn is not healthy tanning.
Sunburn Is More Than Too Much Sun
Sunburn represents a more significant danger to your skin. When you have a sunburn that means that your skin cells have become so sun-damaged that they die.
My dermatologist always issues a word of caution. He says that the skin damage that begins at the very start of your tan is still dangerous. Tanning your skin may make you feel more attractive, but this is a dangerous practice.
I have heard people say that they should tan to get that extra melanin. That will protect them However, they don’t realize how much damage they have to do to get a little bit of protection. It is risky business!
Melanin: A Pigment Your Skin Makes When Sun Shines On Your Skin
Melanin is a pigment found in your skin cells that are produced when UV rays hit your skin.
The more melanin that your skin produces, the darker your tan. People who have more melanin in their skin, naturally have darker skin tones.
Your tan is a natural shield against the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. This ultraviolet radiation could damage your skin tissue in the form of a sunburn. Sunburn will give you an edge in the race for skin cancer.
Do not allow this to happen. After a short interval in the sun, put on your sun blocking hat, sunglasses, and sun blocking shirt. Don’t enter the race for skin cancer. That is not a race you want to win.
Your exposure to ultraviolet rays causes certain skin cells to produce the pigment melanin. This melanin just kind of floats in the layers of skin. As the cells get older, they will darken through oxidation.
Spend enough time beach bumming and those cells will migrate closer to the skin’s surface. These cells will produce more melanin. More melanin darkens the skin into a suntan.
Be aware our bodies have developed the ability to produce melanin to protect us from harm. The sun is harming our skin. Proceed with caution, and continue to read and learn about your skin and the sun.
The melanin absorbs ultraviolet radiation. This provides some defense against further penetration of skin tissue.
In other animals, melanin proves to be diversely useful. Melanin absorbs heat, important for cold-blooded organisms.
Melanin colors bird feathers, fish scales, and even squid ink. It also helps to conceal nocturnal animals. Melanin absorbs scattered light inside the eye to sharpen vision.
Melanin: A Natural Sunscreen
Gary Chuang, (an assistant professor of dermatology at Tufts University School of Medicine.)explained:
“When your body senses sun damage, it starts sending out melanin into surrounding cells and tries to protect them and shield them from getting more damage.”
“Everyone has about the same number of melanocytes,” Chuang said, “but people vary in how much and what colors of melanin they produce. Darker-skinned people have more natural sunscreen at their disposal.”
So, even when getting a bit of help from artificial sunblock creams and sunscreens? Humans are all ultimately vulnerable to the sun’s ultraviolet dangers to their skin.
“It doesn’t matter how much sunscreen you have on. When you are lying there forever and ever, some of the radiation will definitely penetrate through,” said Chuang.
“Even if you have a tan you can get a sunburn, and people with dark skin tones can get a sunburn if out long enough.”
Dermatologists break down the dangerous portion of UV light into two categories to help us understand why we have to protect our skin:
UV-A and UV-B.
Both cause the kind of DNA damage that can lead to skin cancer.
UV-A, in particular, can contribute to a second problem:
It breaks down the natural collagen in the skin, which leads to premature aging.
Collagen is the support structure for our skin. Without the support structure, skin wrinkles thins and weakens. All this causes a ‘papery’ appearance.
No anti-aging product can slow skin aging as much as simply using sunscreen to start with.
To prevent these kinds of problems, dermatologists recommend everyone use sunscreen. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30.
Everyone should wear sunscreen. Even those who don’t think they should. You are in the car, and the UV rays will penetrate the windshield and windows. Traveling is an important sunscreen time for your skin.
I Need To Be In The Sun
Yes, you need to be in the sun. All things in moderation, remember.
You need to get sun on your bare skin so your body can make vitamin D. This vitamin D is an essential nutrient that helps build strong bones, well-functioning muscles, as well as a strong immune system.
Our bodies find it difficult to get enough vitamin D from food. We can usually get enough if we are drinking milk that has been fortified or eat fortified cereal.
It is a thin line for how much sunlight is good and when the sun is harming your skin. Guidelines for how much we really need to be our healthiest have varied over the years.
How Long Can I Be In The Sun
Results of a recent study done by the Solar Radiation Research Group at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain. After examining the question of tan and sunburn, the group came up with some answers.
They studied people with skin type III, which is most common among Spaniards.
This is also quite prevalent across North America. For their study purposes, they classified type 3 as skin that will “tan easily, but still sunburn.”
The researchers found that in spring and summer, people only need 10 to 20 minutes of sunshine to get the recommended dose of vitamin D.
Too much longer will cause erythema, or as we know it, the start of a sunburn.
During the fall, about 30 minutes will be enough.
In the winter months, however, when you’re most likely to be hibernating, you need to be in the sun for 150 minutes.
“The problem can appear in winter due to low levels of UV radiation and because people cover most of their bodies,” said lead study author María Antonia Serrano, Ph.D.
She also cautions that “the length of time would change for those who are lighter or darker in complexion as well as the amount of skin that is exposed is important.”
9 Tips To Get Your Tan Quickly
- Tip 1 Exfoliate your skin before starting to tan. Do not use a chemical product. Use skin buffing cloths, or other products that are none chemical and work well for you.
- Tip 2 Use sunscreen that is broad-spectrum and at least a 30 SPF, reapplying after sweating or swimming or every 2 hours. Apply genorously.
- Tip 3 Change body positions often. Laying in one position will not give as good results as moving often does.
- Tip 4 Eat a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene. Their rich colors change the color in your skin. Gold, orange red and green fruit and vegitables. Healthy and good for your skin. Try pumpkin, cooked tomatoes, red, green, yellow or gold peppers, squash, all good choices.
- Tip 5 Also include in your healthy eating plan foods rich in lycopene. The pink and red fruit will also add a healthy glow to your skin. Cooked tomatoes and cold watermelon are two of my favorites.
- Tip 6 Use oils on your skin that are have naturally occuring SPF. Rasphberry, Avacado, Wheat Germ Oil, or Olive Oil.
- Tip 7 Avoid tanning during the mid day. The sun burns before it tans during midday.
- Tip 8 Carefully time your tanning session. You want to tan fast, not burn fast.
- Tip 9 As soon as you tanning session is over, put on your sun blocking hat, sunglasses and sun blocking shirt. Tan, don’t burn.
- Extra Tip 10 Drink plenty of water while you are in the sun.
Enjoy your new tan and keep your skin moisturized all the time. Your tan will make your skin dry, and it will start flaking quickly if not moisturized.
Sami’s Take On 9 “Tips” To Get Your Tan Quickly
I hesitate to think that we still want tans nowadays with all we know about the dangers of tan to our skin. However, should you still be interested in tanning, I wanted to share the information about how to tan quickly.
There are sites out here on the web supposedly written by Doctors who tell you that staying in the sun all day several days in a row will make you tan fast.
They don’t mention how to protect from sunburn, or how quickly your skin will age with all day in the sun.
Even if you are starting with darker normal skin tones, you will blister. You may be safe a little longer than I will, with my fairer skin color. But after a day in the sun, your skin will be dry and most likely sunburned.
Don’t risk too much sun along with the skin cancer risks that will follow. Safe guidelines are necessary to stay healthy, regardless of skin tone.
Many people have dreamed of a tan, and think it makes them more attractive. You are attractive in your natural state of color. Starting to tan, and getting careless for just a few minutes can lead to a serious sunburn. Then you are weeks away from the kind of tan you want.
A healthy mindset for tanning is important. If your skin just doesn’t tan, don’t push it. Go for the healthy glow your skin will achieve with a diet rich in lycopene and beta carotene. That will allow your skin to have natural warm undertones, without a need to tan.
Tans remain a danger to your skin at any age, but especially when you are young. Sunburn under the age of 17 is especially worrisome. So if you have family members who are not as careful as they could be, maybe seeing you be extra careful will make smart decisions easier.
Healthy Tanning, my friend.