Everyone loves a good tan. Whether it’s from spending a day at the beach or laying out in the backyard. Some even enjoy heading to the tanning beds to get that quick and powerful bronze. Unfortunately, those tanning techniques can have long term negative effects on your skin. The tan that everyone is so keen on having, when supplied by the sun or tanning beds, is caused by UV radiation. When the body senses the UV Rays, it releases melanin to try to stop the rays from penetrating the deeper layers of skin. If the melanin isn’t enough to block it, it can seriously damage the skin cells. If the cells become too damaged they commit mass suicide, to continue the fight against developing cancer. That is when a sunburn occurs, the dead skin cells peel off, so new healthy cells can form underneath. But unfortunately, the death and rebirth of those cells don’t always keep the cancer cells from forming.
Now, I know cancer is a scary word and some think that there is no way it could happen to them. But take a look of these facts from the Skin Cancer Foundation:
Not only can the UV rays cause cancer but it can also lead to wrinkles, dry leathery skin, brown spots, liver spots, age spots, freckles, permanent redness, and white spots.
Unfortunately, you cannot 100% reverse sun damage done to your skin. There are a few different things you can do to stop the further damage and to reduce the appearance. The number one thing is sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen. It is ideal to use a SPF between 15 and 30 because using something higher like SPF 50 or 75 tends to give people the idea that they only must apply the sunscreen once or twice. When in fact SPF is most active for about 2 hours and needs to be reapplied that often. If applied frequently, the higher up SPF’s can still be very useful. Those who have certain skin types can find a sunscreen that fit for them. Many brands create sunscreens for the face for sensitive skin, oily skin, and dry skin. Next, exfoliate the skin to remove the top layer of old or dead cells to help the body push forward the new healthy cells. Medical spas across the country also offer laser treatments that remove the signs of sun damage. Depending on the laser, it can be as much as one thousand or more per treatment and can take up to 5-12 sessions. To get rid of dark spots some choose to bleach those spots with an over the counter treatment that contains kojic acid, hydroquinone, Retin-A, with a mild steroid. The Retin-A can make the skin dry and irritated as well as increases sensitivity to the sun. With this option you will need to apply sunscreen multiple times throughout the day; even more so than usually needed.
If you’re one of the many who can’t live without that golden glow, there are a couple different options that you can look into.
It can be done by a Sunless Spray Tan Technician with an airbrush gun or by an automatic Spray Tan Booth. With a Technician there is more customization available. They have more color options and can prevent any creasing that a booth can overlook.
This is a great option for someone who likes spending time treating themselves by themselves. Using a tanning mitt can help prevent any streaks and they have tanning mitts that can reach your back in case you can’t reach it yourself. St Tropez and Loving Tan both carry great formulas in regular and express.
You can use it daily as a regular moisturizer as well as it builds on it self to slowly to give that radiant glow. There are no instant results but it’s great for people who are just starting with sunless tanning.
If for whatever reason you need your daily dose of Vitamin D, at the minimum, wear a 30 spf sunscreen and reapply it every 2 hours depending on how active you are. Your skin is the largest organ of the body so treat it kindly!