Done the wrong way, sun tanning can take a serious toll on your skin. Premature aging, wrinkles, sun spots or worse can be the consequence if you have any of these 4 dangerous tanning habits. But don’t despair, there is a safe way to tan - as we’ll show you the way.
1. Not preparing your skin
Sometimes we wish we could take our tans from 0 to 100 - real quick. But short of using smelly fake tan, there’s no way to get a real tan as fast as we all want. Give your skin the best chance possible at achieving its maximum tan by preparing it in advance of prolonged sun exposure. This starts with a thorough exfoliation using a mitt or a body scrub, followed by intensive hydration. We love Base Tan because not only is it a fantastic hydrating body lotion, but it’s also a carrier for our proprietary Tan Boost Technology, a blend of amino acids and tan accelerators that help your skin produce more melanin. The more melanin in your skin, the darker your tan.
2. Using oil
Tanning oil is so 1950’s … coming from an era where doctors recommended cigarettes, it should come as no surprise that lathering yourself in oil is not only ineffective, it’s flat-out dangerous. While it’s true that oil will amplify the suns rays by refracting light at the surface of the skin, its 2018… we really don’t need to be making the sun any stronger. Instead of basting yourself like a rotisserie chicken, use intelligent tan accelerators that actually have advanced cosmetic actives to help you get a tan, safely!
3. Not wearing an SPF
It might sound counter-productive, but truthfully, no matter how high the SPF, some UV rays are still going to reach your skin. That’s because, in real life situations, we’re at the beach or by the pool, we’re wet or sandy and towels and clothing are all working against our carefully applied sunscreen barriers. That being said - we’re about to release a unique approach to tanning called Tan Smart, an innovative sunscreen that actually helps you tan using our proprietary Tan Boost Technology. Coming early 2019, you’ll finally have access to a mineral, reef-safe sunscreen that protects and bronzes all-in-one.
4. Layout out during peak hours
This should come as a given, but the sun is generally at its strongest between the hours of 11am-3pm. In some parts of the world, like Australia, the UV index reached extreme highs of 11 or 12 during these hours, and it’s very dangerous to be laying out in the sun. If you have to be outside during peak hours, try to seek shade, slap on a hat and absolutely wear sunscreen.
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