If you’re not careful, you can experience premature aging from tanning. Check out the tips below to avoid premature aging!
In this article:
- Upturn Photoaging
- Understand Your Skin Type
- Develop a Good Skin Care Regimen
- Start Eating Healthy
- Catch Some Z’s
- Cherish Your Sunscreen
- Consult with Beauty Experts
- Stay Away From Alcohol
- Explore Sunless Tanning
9 Tips to Avoid Premature Aging from Tanning
1. Upturn Photoaging
Overexposure to ultraviolet or UV radiation causes premature skin aging and even dangerous illnesses like skin cancer. Dermatologists often use the term “photoaging” to refer to this process. Merriam-Webster defines this as “the cumulative detrimental effects (as wrinkles or dark spots) on the skin that result from long-term exposure to sunlight and especially ultraviolet light.”
UV rays speed up the development of freckles, wrinkles, spider veins, and other skin damage. Overexposure to the sun can alter the texture and reduce the skin’s elasticity. Counteract this problem by putting on sunscreen before applying tanning lotions or cosmetics. Remember to apply lotion deliberately to any part of the body you suspect will be exposed to the sun.
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2. Understand Your Skin Type
Before you begin tanning, remember to check your skin type to determine the ideal duration of your tanning sessions.
Fair-skinned people are okay to tan for 30 minutes maximum. In contrast, darker skin toned individuals can go as long as 50 minutes. Even if you’re opting for a tanning bed, it’s still important to determine your skin type.
There are about six different skin types. Different skin types entail varying degrees of light exposure. When you go to a tanning salon, the staff there will be able to help you figure out what kind of skin you have.
3. Develop a Good Skin Care Regimen
Taking good care of our skin should be a routine. Implementing a good skin regimen tends to slow down premature skin aging from tanning. Choose products that hydrate and moisturize your skin type, especially if you’ve just had your tanning session. The protective layers these products create helps prevent dry and flaky skin.
After a tanning session, you should wait for about 4 hours before taking a shower. This is because your skin is still continuing to process the effects of tanning. Melanin is still being manufactured in your skin cells and taking a bath may interfere with that process. Apply moisturizers or special lotion designed specifically for post tanning sessions.
Try to use anti-aging products for your skin care routine to delay any maturing or skin damage with tanning.
4. Start Eating Healthy
Beauty should really start from within. By having a healthy diet, it’s easier to achieve glowing skin. Add fish, vegetables, and fruits to your daily meal. This change in your eating habits will not only improve your skin, but it will also positively impact your whole body.
More than healthy food, keeping yourself hydrated should always be a top priority if you don’t want premature aging from tanning. If you keep your skin moist on the outside, you should also moisturize from the inside. Don’t forget to drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
5. Catch Some Z’s
No matter how efficient your beauty products are, if you don’t get enough sleep, the results will not be optimal. Sleep helps your body recover from daily stressors. Getting a good night’s sleep and using proper moisturizers will help naturally reduce unwanted eye bags and wrinkles.
6. Cherish Your Sunscreen
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Never forget to wear your sunscreen. Doing so aids in keeping your skin protected from the harmful rays of the sun. Additionally, try to buy sunscreens that are hypoallergenic so as to avoid skin irritation. After all, ideally you’ll be re-applying every two hours. Experts also advise putting on moisturizer after ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure. This helps replenish your skin’s hydration.
Aloe vera alone, or as an ingredient in lotions or moisturizers, works well to hydrate your skin after a day spent under the sun.
7. Consult with Beauty Experts
If even after all the research you’ve done you’re still uncertain about how to safely tan your body, it’s time to consult trusted beauty experts. Dermatologists spent years studying the skin and what makes it work. These experts can recommend preparations, products, and methods for you. Some may even suggest tanning salons.
8. Stay Away From Alcohol
Being under the heat of the sun already warms your body up. Drinking alcoholic drinks will only make the heat worse. Not only that, studies suggest that consuming alcohol may cause the skin to become more sensitive to sunlight. This causes the skin’s cells to get damaged faster. It may worsen sunburns and even develop into the worst kind of skin cancer if left unchecked. Plus, drinking alcohol before or while getting a tan can make you dehydrated.
9. Explore Sunless Tanning
While it’s fun to enjoy the sun, you may want to explore other ways to get tanned without staying in the sun. There are various ways to get that bronze skin without the sun such as airbrushing, applying amazing lotions, using tanning booths and beds, and even taking tanning pills.
Like sunlight, however, sunless or indoor tanning methods also have their own damaging effects on the skin. Indoor tanning beds use artificial UV rays to aid in deepening the color of your skin. However, going to tanning sessions too often may increase the risk of melanoma. Pace your tanning sessions to avoid this.
Check out this short video from AniMed to find out more about how the sun affects your skin:
Just like with everything else, moderation is definitely the key to safe tanning. Keep in mind all the safety precautions before exposing yourself to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Remember, getting a good tan takes a safe and thorough tanning regime. Follow these tips to prevent premature aging caused by tanning!
Do you have other tips to prevent premature aging that may come from tanning? Share them with us in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Dec 19, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.