Happy Fri-YAY! I wanted to touch on something that is super important to me. Skin Cancer Awareness. May is the official skin cancer awareness month, so I thought it would be the best topic to round off this month (especially as we come into summer). Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. Anyone is at risk at ANY age, and more than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year are linked to indoor tanning. There are BETTER and healthier ways to get a summer glow. Let’s dive into it.
There are SEVERAL ways to keep your skin healthy and glowing during the summer. NONE of them have to include indoor tanning beds. Now, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I’ve never used a tanning bed because that would literally be the biggest lie I’ve ever told. But after doing a ton of research on skin cancer (and having it touch some of my family members), I’ve put those days behind me.
Here are a few facts on skin cancer (and if they don’t scare you, I’m doing it wrong):
Ok. So now that you have officially sworn off tanning beds and never NOT using sunscreen again, here are ways you can keep a sun kissed glow all summer long WITHOUT increasing your risk for cancer:
WAY #1: SELF-TANNER
Self tanner gets a bad reputation because I bet more half of you reading this can attest to the fact that you had a terrible experience with Jergen’s self tanning lotion in middle school (no? just me? eek). While self tanner sometimes can get streaky around your knees, ankles and elbows, there are definitely steps to can take to prevent it and get a gorgeous sun kissed look.
Mixing it with your regular lotion will give you a slight glow that with gradually deepen over times without the streaks and patchy elbows. Leaving it on overnight before showering will also allow the color to develop and give you a longer lasting tan.
MY FAVORITE SELF TANNERS:
WAY #2: A GOOD BRONZER
Bronzer can be applied all over your body, truthfully. If you just need to look sun kissed for a night out, lightly bronzing your face, neck and shoulders can give you the appearance of having spent the day in the sun without the harsh UV rays.
Choose a bronzer that matches your skin, just a few shades darker. That will give you a natural, seamless finish and a beautiful tanned glow!
MY FAVORITE BRONZERS:
WAY #3: TANNING TOWELS
Never head of this?? I hadn’t either until recently. They are little towels with a tanning agent added to them. You simply rub them all over yourself to add a small summer glow. It is long lasting, and if you don’t shower for 24 hours after using it, it won’t fade nearly as quickly.
MY FAVORITE TANNING TOWELS:
WAY #4: CANNED TANS
If you’re scratching your head….yes this really exists. It looks like a hairspray can, but it sprays out light color. It is PERFECT for your legs when you don’t want to look stark white in a dress. Shades range from light to dark. For a natural airbrushed finish, I always go just one or two shades darker than my skin.
MY FAVORITE CANNED TANS:
WAY #5: USE SPF 15 OR ABOVE
Fun fact: you actually CAN TAN when you don’t use sunscreen. If you are responsible, if you make sure to use SPF 15 or above, spending an afternoon at the pool is not a bad way to get a slight tan. I recommend always using at least 30 to avoid a sunburn.
Each sunburn that you get increases your risk of cancer so make sure you continue to slather the sunscreen on. Use lotion instead of spray sunscreen to ensure even coverage.
MY FAVORITE SUNSCREENS:
WAY #6: WEAR NEON OR WHITE
Ok, so this one doesn’t actually make you tanner but it can make you appear tanner. It’s all about optical illusions. The brighter the clothing, the more you look like you have a summer time glow. Bright pink, orange and yellow all make you look more tan.
It is a cheap and easy way to fake it ’til you bake it. (ok that was a bad joke).
MY FAVORITE NEON DRESSES:
WAY #7: INVEST IN A PROFESSIONAL SPRAY TAN
This is a no brainer. Spray tans are fast and easy ways to make sure you look beach ready before your next vacation! They last for at least 10 days and look fabulous when done right.
My FAVORITE tanning salon is SOL Sunless Tanning. They have an amazing staff and my tan came out looking totally natural. I was TERRIFIED of turning orange, but even a week later, I still look like I have a bronze-y glow. There was no patchiness, no stripes, no streaks.
If you are in the St. Louis area, I HIGHLY recommend getting your spray tan done here. You will look amazing and have the best time while you’re here. They make you feel instantly comfortable and you’ll walk away with the perfect glow once you’re done. CLICK HERE to visit their website and book your first appointment.
PIN THIS FOR LATER:
So..in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness month, it’s time to stop using tanning beds. Keep yourself safe and protected by using one of these seven ways instead of a UV bed.
Do you have a favorite way to “fake” a good tan? Let me know in the comments below!