There is a general belief that the sun’s rays are harmful to our health. However, this is not exactly the case. When we tan, our skin produces vitamin D, which our bones need, so the sun isn’t all that bad when used to tan in moderation. So obviously, the first trick of healthy tanning is to take the sun’s rays in sufficient doses. Apart from this, it is possible to tan without adversely affecting our health by following some rules. In this article, we take a look at the rules that must be followed for a healthy tan…
Tan Slowly Without Burning the Skin
Sun rays contain both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Most sunscreens protect our skin against UV-A rays. Most cases of sunburn are caused by exposure to UV-B radiation. The number one cause of most types of skin cancer is sunburn. Even a single sunburn can lead to a lifetime risk of skin cancer.
In order to protect from sunburn, it is necessary to adjust the time of exposure to the sun well. During the time you spend on holiday, you can start with 15 minutes of sunbathing on the first day and gradually increase the sunbathing time until the end of the holiday.
Avoid Sunbathing Between 11:00 and 16:00
One of the most important tips for a healthy tan is not to be outside between 11:00 and 16:00 when the sun’s rays come perpendicular to the ground. If you are spending time outside between these hours, we recommend that you wear a wide-brimmed hat and an outfit that covers the shoulders properly.
Use Sunscreen Factor Suitable for Your Skin
The higher the factor of the sunscreen, the higher the sun protection rate will be. For example, a sunscreen with a factor of 15 can keep the sun’s rays harmful to the skin 15 times, while a sunscreen with a factor of 70 can hold these harmful rays 70 times. If you are vacationing in holiday regions with tropical climates, we recommend that your sunscreen be at least SPF 70. In Turkey, sunscreens with a factor of 30-50 depending on your skin type will be sufficient to protect you from harmful sun rays.
Do Not Rely on the Sun for All Your Vitamin D Needs
Especially after the age of 50, the skin cannot produce vitamin D by sunbathing as before. If you are over 50 and do not use sunscreen, your skin will not only be able to produce vitamin D, but will also be at risk of skin cancer.
Use UV Filter Lenses or Sunglasses
This tip, which you should pay attention to for a healthy tan, will help you protect your eye health. Sunglasses without UV (ultraviolet) filters increase the risk of age-related eye problems. Sunglasses or lenses without UV filters will help protect you from the visible rays of the sun, but will not protect you from the unseen harmful sun rays that cause cataracts.
Use Sunscreen Every Day
They say you should use sunscreen even if you are only exposed to the sun for more than 20 minutes but just walking around the house can still cause issues over a long period of time. So even if you are staying inside do put some sunscreen on the arms and other exploded areas.
At the Beach,use at Least 30 ml of Sunscreen
This might sound like a lot, but it is not just the sun beating down on you that affects your skin, it is also the sun reflecting off the sand and sometimes even reflecting off the sea! By using at least 30 ml it should mean you are protected from all those things.
Do Not Forget to Apply Sunscreen When Swimming
Even if you intend to stay in the water most of the time, or maybe you are just visiting an outside Lido you should still apply some sunscreen, especially to the face and shoulders as they can easily burn as you rest them out of the water while taking a breather.
Protect the Wounds on Your Skin From the Sun
The skin needs at least a year for skin wrinkles or acne scars to disappear. During this time, the skin must not be exposed to the sun and be protected so that it can reshape itself without new scarring.
You Can Get Sunburned in the Solarium
All solariums tan by emitting UV-A and UV-B rays. In the United States alone, approximately 700 people a year have had to be treated at the hospital with tanning burns from the solarium they entered to get a tan.