11 July 2014

{enjoy the view} Sunless Tanning Tips Series: Part 1 - Sun Safety


Sunless Tanning Tips Series: Part 1 - Sun Safety - tips on how to keep your skin safe and still enjoy the sun! First part in a series of sunless tanning tips where you can "Learn how to Self-Tan Like A Pro"!

As some of you know, I am a long-time advocate of sun safety. I have a family history of basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as melanoma, which increases my chances of developing one or more types of skin cancer. Add that to the fact that I am a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, fair-skinned woman who burns easily, and suffered many bad sunburns as a child - and, well, you have a potential disaster.

I started practicing sun safety seriously about 20 years ago. I used sunscreen before that, but wasn't as diligent about it as I am now. I wish I had started sooner, but even starting in my early thirties has made a difference. When I see my skin compared to those of the same age who UV tan, I almost always look younger.

Sunless Tanning Tips Series: Part 1 - Sun Safety - tips on how to keep your skin safe and still enjoy the sun!

Now, I'm not saying never go out in the sun! I enjoy the sun and the beach as much as anyone! The beach is my happy place! I'm saying "play it safe":
  • use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily
  • avoid sun exposure between 10am - 4pm
  • wear a hat, sunglasses, & protective clothing
  • check your skin monthly, & have a dr. check it yearly

As I mentioned, I am fair-skinned. As in very, very pale. Casper-the-Friendly-Ghost-white. Pale enough that people often ask me if I'm ill. I wish I had beautiful pale skin like Nicole Kidman. But since I don't, and I don't like looking pasty and sick, I add a little color to my skin by using sunless tanning products. It's a great way to look sun-kissed (or in my case, just "normal") and keep your skin safe. But sunless tanners can be tricky to apply and maintain - and they're not all the same. So in this series of posts, I will share what I have learned in my 15+ years of sunless tanning. I'll give you tips about products, application, maintenance, removal, and even trouble-shooting.

Trust me - you can get natural-looking color using a sunless tanner. I do it all the time!

Sunless Tanning Tips Series: Part 1 - Sun Safety - tips on how to keep your skin safe and still enjoy the sun! First part in a series of sunless tanning tips where you can "Learn how to Self-Tan Like A Pro"!

So stay tuned for the other posts in the series - and in the meantime, here are some of my other posts about sun safety and sun safety products:

Up next in the Sunless Tanning series: Choosing a Product!

Don't forget to check out the other posts in the series!

 
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