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Tanning Tips To Prevent Skin Damage

Mar 17, 2008
Tanned skin was not always the desired look as it is now. During the Renaissance and earlier, tanned skin was the mark of a laborer who spent his or her days outside working. The nobility always had pale skin. Now the stereotypes are reversed.

Today, the activity of tanning, either indoor tanning or beach tanning, and having a golden glow is a mark of healthiness and prosperity. Men and women tan their bodies in sun tanning booths to have that golden skin, but it comes with a price. It may be a price that is too high.

To understand tanning you have to understand what happens to the body as it is exposed to sunlight. Everyone needs sunlight in order get their free dose of vitamin D, to be healthy and live a long life. But going out into the sun for extended periods of time without protection is just as dangerous as lighting up a cigarette.

The ultra-violet radiation damages your skin and can cause skin cancer. You may have that golden glow now, but wait a few years. It will not be so golden when you have to have a spot of skin cancer removed.

There are ways to look tanned and golden without damaging your skin in the process. You can have fake tans that look like the real thing. That golden designer skin can be yours with some self tanning lotion. It is easy to apply if you know what you are doing. Most people make the mistake of trying to apply the lotion to dry skin.

Fake tans are notorious for streaking and this is why it happens. If you want an even application, then you need to start with freshly exfoliated skin straight from the shower. Dry your body and then apply regular moisturizer. This will eliminate any dry areas that could become too dark during the do-it-yourself tanning process.

The final step you will need to do is to apply the self tanning lotion. Make sure that you only apply a thin layer. It is better to get a thin, even coat on your skin rather than trying to glob it on too heavily. You can always go back later and apply a second coat.

If you are worried about streaking and just do not feel that you can apply the product properly, then you can always go to a tanning establishment and get a sprayed-on tan. They are pretty inexpensive and the results are fantastic.
About the Author
Mike Selvon owns a number of niche portal. Please visit our tanning portal for more great tanning tips, and leave a comment at our tanning beauty blog.
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