Protection through sun block creams is the easiest way to face the sun for hours. Sun cream should be applied thickly every 2-3 hours. For the best effectiveness, it should be applied at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun and reapplied if washed off from swimming. The higher the SPF factors on the cream the greater the protection from burning. However, creams don’t prevent burns; they just help limit the UV radiation exposure. Know your limits – lighter skinned people have less tolerance than darker skinned people and kids need guidance from adults. Keep an eye on the way you feel and the color of your skin by taking frequent trips indoors for water and analysis.

Ever wonder how some men and women are not only able to have a tan all-year long, but have a tan all over their body -- even in the most hard to reach spots -- like between their toes? They probably used a tanning spray. Among modern cosmetics there is a pretty wide range of different products for sunless tanning. Of course, the most widely used is a self-tanning spray or tanning lotion (lotions in most cases are oriented for use at home, while beauty salons usually use special tanning aerosols). But different brands of so-called "bronzers", tan accelerators and tanning pills are also widely used.

One of the most important tips you should follow is to always choose the right type of sun tan lotion before going out in the sun. This will protect your skin from the UVB rays damaging your skins collagen and cells and will also add extra nutrients to rebuild your skin. Usually, SPF 30 or 45 will be the highest amount of protection available from a sun tan lotion. You may also want to consider getting a lotion that has moisturizer. This will help add nutrients to your skin while you are exposed to the sun. The nutrients needed most while in the sun consist of Vitamins A and E. There are also several moisturizers that will not contain oil in them which will work better for keeping your skin balanced.

Avoid touching your face with your fingers or leaning your face on objects that collect sebum and skin residue like the telephone receiver. Touching your face can spread the bacteria that cause pores to become inflamed and irritated. To keep bacteria at bay, wash your hands before applying anything to your face, such as treatment creams or makeup.

Plan your wardrobe to avoid burning. Even a light, shiny fabric or a wide-brimmed hat can help protect your skin from damage. Go ahead and don that long sleeve cover-up or advertise your favorite sports team on a hat; you’ll still look fashionable and be protected.

Remove all makeup before tanning. Most makeup products contain sunscreens that are not necessary in the controlled, indoor environment and will prevent covered areas from tanning. Also, they may contain ingredients that will increase photosensitivity.

Take a nutritional supplement that contains tyrosine (Tyrosine is an amino acid that the body produces naturally and is essential to the tanning process. The body actually continues to tan after UV exposure until it uses up the tyrosine present. It acts as an internal accelerator, but does nothing without UV light exposure. Be sure to follow directions of any nutritional supplement. Your Tanning Zone consultant can recommend an appropriate product for you.)

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