why is being tan considered more beautiful than being pale?

In many cultures, being tan is associated with good health and status. A tan makes your skin stand out, highlighting contours and giving it a fresh glow. In the United States it is popular to have a tan in the warmer climates and during the spring and summer. During the 19th century the rich had more money and leisure time to travel, so tanning became more popular. Many Americans believe a tan is a sign of good health and money.

Some studies suggest that men and women find tanned skin tones more attractive than pale skin. Still, too much tanning can cause skin cancer. It is important to protect your skin when tanning from UV rays using anti-aging products. A study from the American Academy of Dermatology concluded that most people think tan is better than pale, and there are a few different reasons why.

Tanning Conjures Up Pleasant Images

 The sun is associated with health benefits in moderation, producing Vitamin D from UV rays. Tanning boosts the confidence of men and women and makes them feel more attractive. Tanning beds are popular despite the fact that 20 minutes in a tanning bed is equal to a day at the beach without sun screen. Many dermatologists warn patients about the dangers of tanning and the risk for skin cancer.

Tanning conjures up images of travel, the beach and a carefree lifestyle. It is associated with swimming, surfing, water skiing, boating, and active sports. Despite warnings from dermatologists, men and women will continue to get tans to look good and improve their self esteem. Tanning safely is a way to still have a tan and protect your skin.

Tips on How to Tan Safely

Overexposure to the sun causes the skin to develop wrinkles, freckles, age spots and texture changes.  It is important to know how to protect your skin. Avoid tanning beds, since they provide intense light equal to a whole day in the sun. Follow some of these basic safety tips provided by Medical Daily to tan safely and enjoy your tan more.

Exfoliate Your Skin before Tanning

Remove dead skin before tanning using a good commercial scrub recommended by dermatologist. Use a loofah sponge or glove to remove the dead skin and when using the scrub.  Wet the pad with warm water before using.  Use a body scrub or mild soap and use circular motions to remove dead skin. Rinse yourself with cool water or warm water. This helps you to tan more evenly and it will last longer.

Use A Sun Screen and Tan For Shorter Periods

Apply a good sunscreen about 20 to 30 minutes before sun bathing. Use one with a high SPF number to protect your skin.  If you swim or are in the water, reapply the sunscreen after you dry off. Tan for a  ½ hour to one hour daily. Spend time in the shade, wear sunglasses and a hat when in the sun for long periods of time. Bring an umbrella to the beach, and don’t sit for hours in direct sun.

Tanning and Aging Skin

Tanning ages your skin. Using tanning lotions and mists are safer than tanning beds. They are easy to use, just rub on the skin or spray on.  A sunburn often produces scars and aging skin faster than avoiding the sun. Using anti-aging creams that protect the skin and treat wrinkles and scars is a good way to protect your skin. Often a good product will work to help remove lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen production in the skin.

Anti-aging products recommended by a dermatologist help skin damaged by the sun. Contact a dermatologist when sun burn is severe because they can help find ways to heal the damage from too much sun. 

Written by: Joan Russell

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