Beauty Tips: 10 Steps for Radiant Skin

When it comes to a glowing complexion what we put into our bodies and how we treat our skin and ourselves has a huge impact on how we look – no skin care product can overcome certain damage.

Here are a few hints to take the best care of your skin and get that radiant glow.

1. Eat a balanced diet – what we put in our bodies will show on our skin. If you eat fatty foods and junk your skin will reflect that, so give your skin proper nutrition.

2. Get at least 7 to 8 hours sleep every night. A lack of sleep will show up under your eyes as dark circles or bags. Proper rest will also benefit your body and your life.

3. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated. It is best to spread the consumption of water in small amounts over the course of the day to be sure it is properly absorbed.

4. Maintain a regular exercise schedule. Exercise gets the blood moving and creates a healthy body.

5. Get lots of fresh air but avoid prolonged exposure to wind and cold.

6. Avoid the sun and tanning beds. The damage done by ultraviolet rays is long lasting and cannot be reversed.

7. Always wear sunglasses to avoid squinting.

8. Try to achieve a well-balanced life and reduce stress.

9. Exfoliate twice a week to rid your skin of dead cells.

10. Develop a skin care routine for your particular skin type.

If you have been neglecting your complexion start right away to improve it – it’s never too late. What you do today will show up in your skin in the future. It’s up to you.

Sun Tanning for Newbies – Part II

Sunless Self-Tanning Options:

Over the years, self tanning products have improved so much from the initial “orange tone” a lot of people worried about having. Now a days, self tanning is a lot safer than natural tanning and tanning done at a salon. There are various kinds of self tanning products available today like lotions, gels, wipes, sprays and even a pill!! The pill causes the skin to change its pigment without even getting exposed to sun. This is way better than getting the harmful UV radiations on your body.

If you like to go to salons and do not like the tanning bed, then you can try the tanning spray method available with many salons. This is really quick and lasts only about 30 seconds of your time and give results right away. Dihydroxyacetone or DHA is the active ingredient contained in each of these self tanning options and is the reason behind the skin color change. Moisturizers and vitamins are part of the ingredients in many self tanning products, in order to protect the skin and keep it healthy and soft and keeping it safe from UV radiations. You need to protect your skin from sun damage even when you have artificial sun tan on. Controlling the exposure of your body to sun and using a sun block will keep your skin in good condition.

If you really want to have a killer tan, go get it with caution, whatever be the method you choose to get it, wherever you are getting it from. When you are out there in the sun for a good amount of time, keep these tips in mind:

Never fall asleep while tanning. The sounds of the waves are definitely going to tempt you to sleep, but be careful. Otherwise, you may get up from sleep and find yourself fried!!

Even when you are trying to get a really nice tan, use caution and apply some low SPF sun screen. Even a really low sun screen like SPF 15 will give some protection to your skin and will be a lot better than full exposure.

Keep some aloe and cocoa butter handy while you head for the sun/beaches. Aloe has soothing properties for your skin. Cocoa butter will keep your skin smooth and soft, and also helps to rejuvenate the skin. This stop the skin from peeling as well.

Sun Tanning for Newbies

How do you sun tan and avoid the effects of sun tanning (UV rays) at the same time?

What are the necessities you must have in hand when you head to the beach? You need your sun glasses, your sandals, your towels, and of course you need the sun block too, even when you are in a real hurry to reach the sands and the sun!! As more than a million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year and the studies prove the relation of the disease and sun, this is very important.

As per the results obtained from studies, there is no safe way to get a tan. Tanning is the defensive response of your skin to prevent further damage after it is already damaged.

The most dangerous part effect of a natural sun tan is ultraviolet rays or UV rays. There are two kinds of UV rays namely UVA and UVB, both of which damages your skin by penetrating in and even changing your gene signature. The stronger one of these two, UVA, may cause the occurrence of skin cancer on you, if you are exposed to it for a long period of time. UVB rays are the culprits behind the redness and sun burn caused on your skin. They may cause skin cancer as well. The tanning methods available in today’s world tend to keep your skin protected from UV rays. Even then, there are questions about the safety of tanning your skin by shutting yourself in a tanning booth for half an hour.

Salon Options:

Tanning beds are becoming more popular as teenagers try to look great with perfectly toned skin and women tend to get rid off the pasty white color from the winter season. The tanning beds are supposedly a little more safe for your skin than natural tan due to the indoor setting. Even then there are some risks involved as there is still some exposure to UV rays are there.

Were you aware of the fact that there is a set limit on the maximum hours you can spend tanning, using a tanning bed? According to the British Photo dermatology Group or BPG which is a branch of the British Association of Dermatologists, the maximum time you may spend on a tanning bed a year is 10 hours. This could be done at 10 sets of 30 minute intervals. Now that is way less than what we actually spend tanning ourselves during each of our vacations.
Natural Tanning Options:

If the temptation of sun is too much for you on any nice day out there, make sure you use a sunscreen with a low SPF. This way you will get a nice tan and some extent of protection for your skin at the same time. Be careful as it is quite possible to get really burned badly by the sun as he will not show any mercy nor will give you any warnings!! T-shirts and hats could cover and protect some of the areas of your body while you are being out there enjoying a nice day or playing some sports.

Some people needs to be very cautious while staying in the sun. Examples are people who have very fair skin, people who are known to burn often and tan poorly, people who already have a lot of moles and freckles on their body, kids under 16 years of age, people who themselves or some one in their family had skin cancer etc. Even if you are one of the rare lucky ones who do not have any of these problems, be careful about how much sun you are exposing yourself to.