Follow These Rules for a Safe Summer Tan


Warm weather is finally here and if you’re like most women, you’re looking to tan your body so that you’re not quite so snowman-like at the beach. A natural tan is a beautiful thing – though you know sun safety is one of the most important things you can do for your body – but a faux tan is not. To ensure you look gorgeous and natural (read: opposite of oompa loompa and/or Jersey Shore), follow these tips for getting a tan this summer.

Do Wear Sunscreen

It might not give you the deep, gorgeous tan you want in an hour like suntan oil might, but suntan lotion is far better for your skin. You will darken – gradually. But at least you can do this without the added risk of dangerous UV rays soaking into your skin and potentially causing cancer with fake bake lotion on your body. A natural tan earned from spending healthy time in the sun wearing protection is far prettier than a fake one that’s going to make you look like your LV handbag some day.

Do Not Use Oil on Your Face

One of the biggest mistakes many women make when trying to get a tan before the start of summer is using oil on their faces. Motor oil, tanning oil, and baby oil are all commonly used. Do not use this on your face. It’s not only dangerous, it’s a bad idea. You’re going to cause yourself more damage than you are benefit. And besides, why would you even want to apply oil of any kind (especially motor) to any part of your body? Let alone your face…

No Tanning Beds

Whatever you do decide to do to get a tan this summer, skip the tanning bed.  The last thing you want to do is get into one of these cancer boxes. If you have to have a faux tan, go the spray tan route, please.

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