Healthy options for tan skin

July 3, 2014

in Beauty

Repeated, unprotected exposure to ultraviolet rays, whether from the sun or tanning beds, can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer, according to a variety of health sources. The Skin Cancer Foundation says each year there are more new cases of skin cancer in the United States than there are incidences of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon combined. About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

While a tan can make a person appear healthy, over time UV exposure can accelerate the effects of aging, causing noticeable changes to the skin. Overexposure to UV rays can cause skin to sag as the skin loses its ability to go back into place after stretching. Sun exposure can cause fine and coarse wrinkles, freckles, mottled pigmentation, dilation of small blood vessels under the skin, and cancerous tumors.

Exposure to UV radiation of any kind puts a person at risk for skin ailments. Cumulative UV exposure may even lead to melanoma — the most serious form of skin cancer that is responsible for 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths — later in life.

There are many cosmetic choices when it comes to giving your skin a healthy glow for summer. Such options not only provide desired results, but also reduce your risk of developing potentially harmful conditions that result from overexposure to UV rays.

* Bronzers: Bronzing powders are cosmetics that are brushed on the skin and typically applied to the areas of the body that would be touched by the sun, such as the bridge of the nose, apples of the cheeks, collarbone, and shoulders. Bronzers are commonly used to contour the skin to de-emphasize certain features or play up others. A bronzer will wash off with soap and water or a cosmetic removal cleanser.

My three favorite bronzers are:

kat von d everlasting bronzerKat Von D Ever Lasting Bronzer in Shady Business I, $25

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte BronzerToo Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, $30

Physicians Formula Bronze BoosterGlow-Boosting BB Bronzer SPF 20Physicians Formula Bronze BoosterGlow-Boosting BB Bronzer SPF 20, $14.95

* Sunless tanner: Sunless tanners come in sprays, lotions and even moisturizers. Sunless tanners have been around in some form since the 1960s, and they work by employing DHA, a colorless sugar carbohydrate that interacts with dead skin cells of the epidermis. The sugar causes a chemical reaction that results in a color change. Results may take a few applications and can last up to a week.

Try these out:

Tarte Brazilliance™ Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face And Body Self TannerTarte Brazilliance™ Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face And Body Self Tanner, $39

Fake Bake FlawlessFake Bake Flawless, $25

L'Oréal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer Self-Tanning LotionL’Oréal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer Self-Tanning Lotion, $7.99

* Spray tanning: Many spas and salons offer spray-tanning services. A safe dye is sprayed on to the skin to temporarily change its color. Spray tans should be applied by a qualified and experienced person to avoid streaking or a hue that seems unnatural. Once set, the pigment should not easily wipe off the skin, but it’s best to use caution around light-colored fabrics, especially when dressing in a wedding gown.


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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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