How to obtain that perfect golden suntan
Even if summer is still a few months away, we can start preparing our skin now to obtain that perfect golden suntan and here are just a few tips.
First off start by introducing into your diet more orange and red colored fruits and vegetables that are rich in carotenoids (beta-carotene) like oranges, cantaloupes, apricots , carrots, sweet potatoes and tomatoes, even spinach and broccoli are abundant with antioxidants that not only help protect the immune, cardiovascular and reproductive systems, but also boosts your body’s natural tanning process from the inside.
Some people believe that using melanin supplements (melanin is what gives our bodies color) that contain niacin, vitamin B6, beta carotene and L-tyrosine and L-cysteineis is beneficial in obtaining a fabulous tan, but why pay for a supplement, if you’re already eating all the proper vitamins that stimulate the production of melanin?
Once you’ve prepared your body on the inside to soak up the rays, start on the outside, by exfoliating your skin. A gentle scrub once a week will remove all the dry skin cells, allowing you to tan more evenly and the color to last longer and apply a moisturizing cream day and night, which helps avoid that dry, flaky look.
To help your skin stave off the damaging effects of UV rays pick a proper sunscreen lotion based your skin’s phototype, and despite popular belief, high SPFs do not block the sun’s rays – it just protects your skin - and it should be applied about a half an hour before you go out in the sun and then slather it on every two hours on your face and body, but avoid staying out in the sun for more than two hours a day for the first few days.
Another important thing is to drink plenty of water, always. Water keeps your body hydrated and therefore will keep your skin hydrated as well.
These few precious tips will help you keep your suntan longer and also saves your skin from sun damage.