Top 5 Ways To Tan Safely This Summer

There’s nothing better than soaking up the sun over the summer and getting that bronzed, sun-kissed glow. However, with reports of skin cancer on the rise, it’s important to focus on safety first before getting that tan. With so many different methods of tanning out there, it can be hard to choose which one works best for you and your health. To make things easier we’ve put together a list of the top 5 best ways to tan safely this summer. Grab your sunglasses and sunscreen, and get ready to soak up that sun!

5. Avoid Sunbeds

There’s no way to get a healthy tan when using a sunbed. Tanning beds pump out huge amounts of UVA, with almost no UVB rays (which stimulate Vitamin D production) and can increase your risk of skin cancer by almost 75 percent.

4. Use the right sunscreen

Instead of relying solely on SPF, look for broad-spectrum coverage or UVA with a “high” coverage label on your sunscreen bottle. It’s also important to keep in mind that you don’t have to always go for the highest SPF number, for SPF 50 filters 98 percent of UVB rays but SPF 30 provides 97 percent coverage.

3. Time your tanning

Your skin reaches a tanning cut-off once it physically can’t produce any more melanin for the day, which usually takes about two to three hours to reach, or less if you have fair skin.

2. Seek some shade

Taking breaks from direct sunlight will reduce UV intensity and sunburn risk, which means that your tan will be healthier and longer-lasting.

1. Faux your glow

Although fake tans don’t provide protection from the sun, they can help you ease that pale panic before a holiday. You can go all out with a spray tan at a salon, or use at home treatments to achieve your desired look.

Know any other ways to tan safely this summer? Let us know in the comment section below!

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