How self tanners can help with overexposure to the sun
We need to talk about our relationship with the sun. For years we have sun-worshipped and basked in its presence all in the name of love for our tan. The truth is, it’s just not worth it anymore, and this toxic relationship is tired. There are healthier ways of getting our needs met by using other options such as sunless tanning methods. Here’s how to get woke to the dangers of sun exposure and an introduction to your new knight in bronzed armor.
Our relationship with the sun
There’s no mistaking that too much of a good thing is not a good look. Overexposure to the sun can cause premature aging, brown spots, and pigmentation. Worst of all, overexposure to the sun can cause an increased risk of skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma or melanoma. Depending on your skin type and where you are in relation to the sun, overexposure can happen in as little as 5-20 minutes. Even if you don’t get a sunburn, the sun’s UVA and UVB radiation can wreak havoc on your skin before you even realize it. Remember that about 80% of all of your sun damage happens before you’re 18 year’s old. Just imagine when you’ll start seeing the damage you might be doing now.
Why we’ll never give up our tans
Since the 1920s, a sun-kissed tan has been all the rage and with good reason, having a tan can make you look healthier and thinner! Bronzed skin can also define the look of muscle tone and make skin look younger. A tan helps to conceal stretch marks, cellulite, and varicose veins. A sun-kissed glow can pop the color of your clothes and make makeup look extra-hot! Even knowing the dangers of too much sun, it’s hard to want to give any of this up.
Our relationship with self-tanners
Self-tanners aren’t new to the scene, but they were a hard sell to die-hard sun-worshipers for decades. Early formulas were streaky, smelled terrible and left skin looking orange. Um, no thanks!
Thankfully, sunless tanners have stepped up their game over the last few years. Today, you can find top-quality formulas that are on-par with some of the best skin care around. Now, there are more options than just lotion. You can find foams, dry oils and of course get a flawless spray tan. Developers have introduced a full spectrum of colors, formulas and price points that can benefit any skin tone, skin concern, and wallet.
As for the smell, it belongs to DHA, self-tanner's active ingredient. DHA is a non-toxic form of sugar with a definitive smell that companies have been hard at work to change. Modern tanners have been adding natural ingredients and essential oils to neutralize the smell. Some advanced formulas even use smell-blocking technology to make the scent undetectable. It’s easy to see why sunless tanners could be voted most improved!
Practicing safe sunless
The best way to ensure you’re getting the best sunless tanner is to look for products that are free from parabens, mineral oils, artificial fragrances, harmful glycols, sulfates and petrochemicals such as DEA or TEA.
Always remember that sunless tanners don’t protect against UVA rays and UVB rays so always wear an SPF of 15 for a moderate time in the sun such as walking or driving to work. SPF 50 is what you need for outdoor sports or all-day pool parties. Even with layers of sunscreen, you’ve got to reply every 80 minutes because it wears off, making it useless and leaving you exposed to the sun.
So, now that you have safer tanning options, you can skip being overexposed to the sun and play it safe for you and your skin.
If you’re serious about skipping out on long hours in the sun, get your hands on one of our self-tanners like B.Tan.