Sun-Kissed And Healthy: A Guide To Natural Tanning & Sun Safety

Summer’s here, and the golden sunshine beckons! Whilst instant and fake tanning products and makeup bronzers are perfect for achieving a quick and flawlessly bronzed glow whatever the weather, there’s nothing quite like sitting out in the garden, lighting the BBQ and popping on some tunes with your favourite people as you soak up the sun.

But basking in the sun isn’t just about looking good, as it can also offer some surprising health benefits. So let’s explore the perks of achieving a natural tan while keeping safe in the sun…

Sunshine’s Superpowers

  • Vitamin D Dynamo: Sunlight naturally triggers vitamin D production in our bodies. This essential vitamin strengthens the bones, boosts the immune system and even improves the mood
  • Sleep Symphony: Sun exposure helps to regulate our circadian rhythm, promoting better sleep quality
  • Mood Magic: Sunlight can combat seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that lifts with increased sun exposure

Stay Sun-Safety Savvy

While sun exposure offers many benefits, overexposure comes with its own risks, so it’s important to follow essential guidelines to achieve a safe and healthy tan:

  • Gradual is the goal: Don’t overdo it! Start off with short sun exposure sessions of around 15-20 minutes at a time and gradually increase them to avoid burning
  • Seek shade: The sun’s rays are always strongest between 10 am and 4 pm so try to find shade or go indoors during these peak hours
  • Sunscreen is a must: Apply an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen generously, and remember to reapply it every two hours, or more often if sweating or swimming outside on a sunny day
  • Sun-sensitive savvy: If you have fair skin, a history of sunburn, or use certain medications, be extra cautious and consult your doctor before stepping out in the sun

It’s important to remember that building a natural tan takes time, but lasts far longer and fades more evenly than a quick burn or using fake tanning lotions or creams. Whilst out in the sun, always cover up with protective clothing such as hats, long sleeves and sunglasses where possible and remember to stay hydrated. Adequate hydration not only helps your skin to stay healthy but also promotes a more even natural tan.

Achieving a tan is a sign of sun damage, and so the best approach to sun safety is to find a balance between enjoying being outdoors in the sunshine whilst safely protecting your skin with suncream as you gradually build up your exposure. Whether you’re a sun worshipper or steal a quick 10 mins in the light on your lunch break where possible, with sun safety in mind, you can achieve a beautifully healthy, natural tan that will last you all season.

Achieving A Safe And Natural Tan With Tyger Tan Bed & Beach Tanning Accelerator

I have to confess that I had no idea what a tanning accelerator was, nor how to use it, until I came across Tyger Tan. Their tan accelerator is used to enhance your natural tanning results whether you choose to hop on a sun bed, sunbathe on the beach or pull out a picnic blanket in the park or garden – essentially it speeds up the tanning process by minimising the time taken and sun exposure necessary, to get naturally bronzed.

Tyger Tan celebrates the confidence-boosting qualities of its tan accelerator, helping those who enjoy a golden glow to look and feel sexy and confident in their natural skin over the summer and beyond. Infused with tyrosine, which is a natural amino acid that stimulates melanin production, their tan accelerator helps to achieve a darker, more even tan in far less time than sunbathing alone.

Created from a water-based formula, it’s incredibly easy to apply and dries so quickly, leaving the skin feeling silky smooth. For use on ‘bed and beach’, it’s ideal for spritzing onto the skin before having a sun bed to maximise your results, or popping into your suitcase en route to the beach, with 200ml, 100ml and 50ml convenient options available to comply with all airlines hand luggage liquids limits.

It’s important to remember that this tanning accelerator does not contain a sunscreen/SPF and should therefore not be used as such, as using it together with an SPF protection helps to safeguard your skin against harmful UV rays from the sun. I personally find that my fair skin burns easily when the first of the summer sun arrives in England, and so I have to limit my sun exposure at first to avoid burning, before building up my time outdoors as I exercise or play with my children in the garden.

I found it helpful in the past to take a short sun bed prior to going on holiday, in order to better prepare my skin, knowing that I would instantly burn on the beach if I jumped straight from winter skin to prolonged periods of sun exposure whilst swimming and reading at the pool. This tan accelerator is suitable for all skin types, however a patch test is always recommended for those with sensitive skin to avoid the potential of having an allergic reaction, which is best practice when using any tanning and hair products, and if irritation occurs you should immediately discontinue use.

Tyger Tan greatly reduces the time taken to achieve a deeper and longer lasting natural tan, and can conveniently be used whilst wearing makeup and your regular beauty products without the risk of discolouring or going streaky. For best results, it should be applied to clean, exfoliated skin and left to dry before applying your normal skincare products. Each time that I step outside I now have the option to pop on my tan accelerator, should I feel like maximising my results, as I carry my 50ml bottle in my bag along with my everyday SPF.

Whether you’re looking to boost your lunch break bronzing sessions, prepare for a summer holiday or simply accelerate your natural tanning results to stay darker for longer, by prioritising our sun safety we can safely use tan accelerators to enhance our natural tan while keeping our skin gorgeously healthy. So get out there, embrace the sunshine responsibly, and achieve that natural summer glow to keep you looking and feeling your very best this summer and beyond!
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Tracy Kiss

Social influencer, Bodybuilder, Mother, Vegan
London, UK

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