When it comes to skin care, there is no better preventative maintenance than daily sunscreen application. Whether it’s cloudy or sunny outside, those UV-rays can penetrate our skin and do all sorts of damage without any protections in place. So, if you are getting ready to hit the beach for a spring break vacation, or simply scheduling a routine visit at your local tanning salon, be sure you understand just how important sun protection is for your skin, eyes, and more!
Continue reading to learn the top 10 sun protection tips you should live by regardless the season or setting.
Sun Protection 101
Wear sunscreen on your face, neck, and if exposed, your chest, every single day! Your skin can still reap the effects of the sun in cloudy or dreary weather.
Experts recommend applying sunscreen 20 minutes prior to UV-ray exposure for optimal protection, and to reapply on a regular basis as-needed.
Sunscreens contain moisturizers, which nourish your skin while you are in the sun. Nourished skin is healthy skin, and healthy skin holds a tan much longer.
Spray tanning is a safe, sunless alternative for indoor and outdoor sun tanning. It avoids the need for UV-ray exposure, and you can get one at almost any local tanning salon at a reasonable price.
Always use reflective stickers or eye goggles in the tanning bed, and wear sunglasses or hats outdoors. If you wear glasses for better vision, consider transitional lenses that tint in the presence of UV-light.
Aloe Vera is a great, all-natural skin soothing ointment that can be used to soothe and reduce inflammation if you feel like you got too much sun or UV-exposure.
If it has been a long time since you have had strong sun or UV-exposure, prepare your skin by establishing a base tan. You can choose to get a spray tan, use a tanning bed, or a self-tanner lotion.
Sunburns should be treated with aloe gels, skin healing creams, Ibuprofen, and drinking a lot of fresh water. Establishing a base tan is a great way to avoid sun-damaged skin like sun burns and dark spots.
It is important to still wear sunscreen before using an indoor tanning bed. You can purchase tanning bed lotions that contain sunscreen, and promote safe, even color development for sensitive skin types.
For those with dry, damaged, or very mature skin, it is recommended to avoid long-term UV-light exposure when possible. Opt instead for air brush spray tanning services or self-tanners.
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