Many people enjoy looking healthy and fit. This is often obtained by a good tan, which can be reached in a number of ways.
This may be:
- at a tanning salon
- exposure to the sun
- by using self-help products
When in direct sunlight, you are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. This can cause considerable skin damage, including a very bad sunburn. This not only ages the skin, but also can cause serious physical problems, including pain, severe headaches, and other complications.
There are a number of different skin types which react differently to the sun’s rays. These are classified into six different categories. However, regardless of the type, the rays can penetrate the skin and damage the cells located below even leading to cancer.
The various tanning types have been categorized according to the degree of pigmentation involved. This means that the darker the skin, the more melanin.
These types range from:
- pale white, which will always burn
- white which burns easily and tans little
- white which easily tans and burns little
- olive or light brown which tans easy and burns little
- brown, which tans dark and seldom burns
- black or dark brown which always tans and seldom burns
Some people feel that going to a tanning salon to get a ‘base tan’ prior to taking a vacation will help prevent skin damage as well as encourage a good tan and help prevent sunburn. However, this has proved to be a false assumption. It has been shown that repeated exposure to UV radiation, regardless of the source will increase the risks of premature aging or other skin damage.
To have your body show a good tan, there are several options.
One is using tanning products which do not require sun exposure. These may be in the form of sprays, oils, lotions and other items. While there are sunless tanning pills available they are not recommended, as they can cause possible damage to the liver and the eyes.
Sunscreen products are available in two forms, chemical and physical. When the proper ones are chosen, they will help prevent early wrinkling or damage by limiting the sun’s exposure. They can be obtained in physical or chemical forms.
The physical sunscreen will block, reflect, scatter, and absorb these dangerous rays. The chemical sunscreen protects by absorbing the sun rays. The better ones have two ingredients. These will protect from both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B. When making a purchase, it is important to read the labels carefully, making sure the product contains high SPFs.
Whether using a tanning bed, self tanner, spray-tan booth or other method to achieve to the desired look, there is no doubt that a good tan can change your body’s overall appearance. It can disguise blemishes, define the muscles and even make you look slimmer. This is especially effective for people who live in climates with little sunlight, or who have to spend a great deal of their time working indoors.