A glorious sunny day may give you a pep in your step, but could there be a darker side to sunshine?
We all know about the damage tanning beds can do, but how much harm does the sun actually cause to our skin?
How does the sun damage my skin?
- Ages your skin by destroying the elastic tissue inside it, making it less ‘springy’ and therefore more prone to wrinkles.
- Causes yellow discoloration of the skin, which makes you look ill and sickly. This is often why people become ‘addicted’ to tanning bed because they hate the way their skin looks when it is no longer tanned.
- Dry, flaky, rough skin
- Makes small blood vessels under the skin dilate, causing little red blood vessel pops.
- Draws our dark spots on face and hands creating ‘sun spots’, ‘age spots’ and skin darkening in certain areas.
- Sun exposure also increases your risk of skin cancer.
People try to reverse cosmetic harm of sun damage to the skin by getting photo facial laser treatments and chemical peels which are effective but will cost you time, money and could never bring your healthy skin back to where it could’ve been.
The best way to combat sun damage is to prevent it!
A 30-year-old who has protected his or her skin from the sun will have the skin ‘age’ of someone ten years younger – and this rule applies whatever your age!
How to prevent sun damage
- Use a high sun protection factor (SPF) daily, and especially on your face. I use a moisturizer with SPF and also a translucent powder that has SPF in it just to be safe and so when I touch up my makeup I am reapplying sunscreen because one application throughout the day isn’t enough!
The sunscreen face products I use and love #favorites:
Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen Brush, Medium, 0.21 oz.
I’m obsessed with this one and use it as my translucent powder.
I keep it in my purse with me and whenever I am going outside,
I just brush it on my face, neck, chest and the top of my hands.
It’s the easiest, most convenient, non-greasy way I’ve found to
stay sunscreened I have 3: one at home, one in my purse, and
one in my car.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 15
I put this on in the mornings under my makeup.
Skip tanning beds and laying out in the sun to tan, it’s not worth it! If you love how your skin looks when you are tan you can achieve that look by spray tanning and using sunless tanners. If you know you are going to be out in the sun all day be mindful of that. Wear sunscreen and reapply often, wear a shirt, a hat, and rest in the shade as much as possible.
The skinny with spray tanning
If you’ve never had a spray tan, they are amazing! Spray tanning completely evens out the skin tone and hides any discoloration, blemishes, marks, bruises. What you are left with is a healthy, active-looking glow without the time spent in the sun or skin damage.
Many people get a spray tan before a big event where they will be photographed because it’s like a thin layer of bronzer makeup that goes over the skin that looks natural and radiant. The Kardashians are great examples of what a good, hand-airbrushed, natural spray tan looks like. It seems they never leave the house without one.
How do I know all of this?
In addition to being a yoga teacher, I am a beauty professional. I own a mobile spray tanning Tucson business called Surreal Mobile Spray Tanning Tucson. I spray brides-to-be, fitness competitors, vacationers… anyone and everyone who wants to be bronzed, glowing and photo-ready while keeping the skin healthy, fresh and glowing.
Whenever possible I love to help people with both yoga and spray tanning and I have some unique, really neat packages I offer like a bridal bootcamp with the yoga to tone and lose weight and then a girls-night-in yoga class and spray tanning party the night before the wedding.
If you want to know more about my mobile spray tanning Tucson business, my yoga and spray tanning packages and more about spray tanning in general here my website: