Sun Tan Savvy

summer tan picBronzed, or tanned skin comes from the sun activating a color pigment in the top layer of your skin, the color only lasts between six to 10 days.  Due to the skins natural turnover of cells, prolonging you tan takes work.

Some tips to maintain your summer glow are:

Exfoliate – The night before your lying in the sun to ensure that your skin prepped for tanning.  Dry skin can lead to peeling and, in some cases an uneven tan.  Slough away dead skin cells with a gentle exfoliator.  It is easy to create your own body scrubs by combining a few heaping spoonful’s of rock salt with essential oils or your regular olive oil from the kitchen.

Protect – Wearing sunscreen is vital when exposed to the sun, not only to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, but also if you want a long-lasting tan.  Wearing sunscreen will protect damaged skin from peeling off more easily. Make swure to opt for a sunscreen with a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) and re-apply throughout the day.

Hydrate – Water helps extend the life of your skin cells, so drink as much as possible.  Melons, cucumbers and celery are also high in water content and make the perfect skin-friendly snack this summer.

Moisturize – In addition to drinking lots of water, it’s also important to keep the peeling at bay with a daily dose of moisturizer.

While tanning, keep in mind that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.  Exposure to the sun, without the benefit of sunscreen increases the risk of melanoma.

All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.