How I build up my summer tan

I love the sun and I know the dangers but I feel for me I found a safer way to get that summer glow and give a boost to my vitamin D .

Living in NE Ohio my vitamin D levels are very low so besides taking a supplement I like the natural D booster the sun.

Regular sun exposure is the most natural way to get enough vitamin D.

To maintain healthy blood levels, aim to get 10–30 minutes of midday sunlight, several times per week. People with darker skin may need a little more than this. Your exposure time should depend on how sensitive your skin is to sunlight. Just make sure not to burn.

Factors that can affect your ability to make vitamin D from sunlight include the time of day, your skin color, how far you live from the equator, how much skin you expose to sunlight and whether you’re wearing sunscreen.

For example, people who live farther away from the equator typically need more sunlight because the sun’s UV rays are weaker in these areas.

We also need to take vitamin D supplements or eat more vitamin-D-rich foods during the winter months, since we cannot make it from sunlight.

If you’re planning to stay in the sun for a while, it’s best to apply sunscreen after 10–30 minutes of unprotected sun exposure to help prevent sunburn and skin cancer.

Fair skinned lake goers,beach lovers , don’t suffer in the summer months.

Use these tanning tips for pale people and get a golden glow without all the tomato red drama. For those of us more prone to sunburn, the summer can be a tricky time.

We want a healthy, happy, bronze, but our tender skin isn’t up to the challenge of a suntan session.

If you have fair skin, take it slow

Sunscreen is a must for everyone of every color but especially if you are fair skinned.

How I got a safe tan, is every day I am outside for 10 minutes with no sunscreen then I apply a 50 broad spectrum 50 sunscreen and remain outside for another 15-30 minutes.

I did this every day or every other day for about 14 days.

I built up a base tan and stopped being in a race to get that “golden glow”

Then after 2 weeks I increased my time outdoors to 30 to 40 minutes using sunscreen after 10 minutes

Then when I know I am going to be outside for at least an hour I reapply after sunscreen after 1 hour.

Then I hit some shade.

Should I use a spray sunscreen or a lotion?

Consider the pros and cons for different applications, including:

  • Creams. If you have dry skin, you might prefer a cream — especially for your face.
  • Lotions. Lotions are often preferred for application on large areas. Lotions tend to be thinner and less greasy than creams.
  • Gel. Gels work best in hairy areas, such as the scalp or chest.
  • Stick. Sticks are useful when applying sunscreen around the eyes.
  • Spray. Sprays are easy to apply on children. Because it’s difficult to know how well you’re applying it, spray a generous and even coating. To prevent inhalation of the product, don’t spray near the face or mouth. Check the direction of the wind before spraying.

What else do I need to know about sunscreen?

When you use sunscreen:

  • Apply generous amounts of sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes before you go outdoors.
  • Use sunscreen on all skin surfaces that will be exposed to the sun, such as your neck, the tops of your feet, your ears and the top of your head. Apply a lip balm or lipstick with an SPF of least 30 to your lips.
  • Since UV light can pass through clouds, use sunscreen even when it’s cloudy.
  • Check the sunscreen’s expiration date.
  • Avoid using sunscreen on children younger than age 6 months. Instead, try to limit sun exposure.

Use sunscreen year-round, but don’t let any product lull you into a false sense of security about sun exposure. A combination of shade, clothing, sunscreen and common sense is your best bet.

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