A Base Tan is Not a Safe Tan
We know you love having healthy, radiant, and tan skin in the summer, but getting that summer glow could be more damaging than you think! Many people think getting a “base tan” will allow their skin to darken rather than burn later on. Contrary to popular belief, however, a base tan only provides you with an SPF of about 3 or 4. This is almost nothing and provides people with a false sense of security in the sun’s damaging rays.
How to Prevent Skin Damage from the Sun
Dr. George recommends using sunscreen every day. Your safest bet is to use an SPF of about 30+ containing zinc oxide. If you’re especially active, reapply every one to two hours. Wear sun-protective clothing and sunglasses if possible, and try to stay in the shade!
What About Vitamin D?
While Vitamin D does have proven health benefits such as maintaining the health of your bones and immune system, there are many other ways to replenish your stores of Vitamin D. Dairy products, supplements, and vitamin chews are a few ways to get your needed Vitamin D.
Additionally, 5 to 10 minutes of mid-day sun exposure 2 to 3 times a week produces the maximum amount of Vitamin D your skin can generate. Many people take this notion to the extreme, spending hours in the sun with no protection. If you’re worried about getting enough Vitamin D, make sure to talk to Dr. George. There are much safer ways to get your needed vitamins without damaging your skin!
But I Love Being Tan!
If you really want a good tan, there are plenty of options to achieve a safe, sun-kissed look without damaging your skin! Try a spray tan, tanning lotion, or tanning gel that temporarily stains your skin. Note that these generally provide no protection against the sun, so you should still use sunscreen.
When it comes to your skin, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. For additional recommendations on sun safety and treating signs of sun damage, make an appointment at George Dermatology today!