5 Tanning Do's & Don'ts for the Summer

Summer isn't complete without achieving your ideal sun-kissed glow, however, too much fun in the sun can be hazardous for your health. Here are a few safe tanning tips that will allow you to get that bronze color while preventing the harmful effects of the sun. 

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1. Tanning Do's & Don'ts: Use high SPF protection.

DO get the right amount of protection.

No matter what season we're in, it's super important to incorporate broad-spectrum protection into your daily routine. If you plan on spending a lengthy amount of time in the sun, be sure to use sunscreen with a coverage of SPF 30 or higher for optimum results. And for those who like to use hacks such as baby oil or cola to get a bronze color, remember these products will not protect you from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.

Better safe than sorry, ladies!

2. Tanning Do's & Don'ts: Check the UV Index.

DO check the UV Index before heading out for a day of fun in the sun. 

Planning a trip to the beach? Before you head out make sure you check the UV Index in your area. This scale measures the amount of UV ray exposure for that day, zero being minimal exposure and 11 or more being extreme exposure. If the Index level is above a five, this means there is a high risk of harm from the sun and you’ll want to be extra cautious.

3. Tanning Do's & Don'ts: Exfoliate your skin

DO exfoliate your skin before sun bathing. 

Think of this as a preperation step to your tanning session. A gentle exfoliation will get rid of dead skin cells leaving your skin with a smooth surface for an even tan. However, be sure not to be too rough as this can cause your skin to be more sensitive to irritation.

4. Tanning Do's & Don'ts: Don't indoor tan

DON'T choose a tanning bed over the sun. 

While all forms of exposure to UV rays is dangerous, tanning beds increase your risk for health concerns. In fact, a study by JAMA Dermatology has found that women younger than 30 are six times more likely to develop melanoma if they tan indoors. Reports have also shown that the risk of melanoma is increased by 75 percent for those who use indoor tanning beds before the age of 35.

5. Tanning Do's & Don'ts: Reapply sunscreen

DON'T forget to reapply sunscreen. 

If you're planning to be out in the sun for a long period of time, you must make sure to reapply your sunscreen. No matter how high the broad spectrum protection is on your product, it won't provide sun safety all day long. Make sure you reapply at least every two hours for round-the-clock defense.