Written by Amy Pusey (last updated February 21, 2022)
The grey days of winter have now passed, and you discover the lack of sunshine has left you with skin looking dull and colorless. You are not alone, and there are a variety of ways to create a golden summer tan. While the tried-and-true method for some of you may be to head outdoors and bake in the sun, you should think twice about taking this approach because of the risks of sunburn and skin cancer.
So, if you want to add a little color to your life by adding a little color to your complexion, consider one of the safer sun tanning alternatives. You should take note that these options do not include tanning beds, which can be more dangerous to the skin than actual sun exposure due to the intensity and close proximity of the ultraviolet rays.
One other method of sunless tanning that you may have heard of before is the tanning pill. However, you should not consider this as a safe alternative because of the color additive contained in the pill. You should take note that the pill has been previously associated with serious health problems, such as liver damage.
Well, face it, you have plenty of alternatives to achieve that golden-brown tan you greatly desire without having to risk your skin health to the damaging effects of the sun. No matter which sunless tanning option you choose, include regular exfoliation as part of your routine because this will help develop a more even coloring. Also, you do not need to totally avoid the sun. Limit your exposure to less than 30 minutes during the least hot period of the day, as the sun does promote Vitamin D, which is needed for strong bones. Remember, always use sunscreen whenever you venture out into the sunshine.
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