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Safe tanning reminder

The benefits of a tan
There is nothing like a tan to set off the full impact of having your teeth whitened. The contrast between sharp white teeth and tanned skin is very attractive, and sure to get you compliments at any time of year. However, it is very important that if you decide to get a suntan you need to make sure that it is safe. It is worth saying that all things are good in moderation Staying out of the sun entirely is really not good for your health. Sunlight is a source of vitamin D, which is an essential vitamin for health. Moreover, exposure to the sun is associated with lower levels of depression and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Having said that, you should always be sure to tan safely. Our guide below shows you how to obtain a safe tan in the sun or tanning salon.

Tanning in the sun
If you are going to tan in the sun you need to know the difference between sunblock and sun screen. Whilst sun block completely blocks out the ultra-violet rays from the sun, sun screen does allow some of those rays to get through. Both sun block and sun screen will have, on the packaging, a sun protection factor which is an indicator of the proportion of the sun’s rays which can get through to your skin. The higher the sun protection factor, the lower the proportion of rays that can get through. It is wise to start with a product with a high sun protection factor, of around 20, and then to work downwards from that in a very gradual way. You should never burn when trying to achieve a tan.
You should try to limit your exposure to direct sunlight. Make sure that you take a break from the sun every hour or so. Remember that some sunblock products will wash off in the sea, so make sure that you use a water resistant product. Another danger of exposure to the sun is sun-stroke, so make sure that you take regular breaks and drink plenty of fluids, particularly water.

Tanning in a salon
The advantage of tanning a salon is that you should be under the instruction of a trained beauty consultant who can monitor your exposure to UV rays. Tanning salons are much safer than tanning pills which have sometimes been known to cause organ damage.

Make sure that the salon that you are using is reputable, and that the consultants have some accreditation in using tanning beds. It is recommended that younger adults do not use tanning beds for any extended period of time.