To Tan or Not To Tan

Who doesn’t want that golden tan or that perfect sun kissed look? Tanning under the hot sun has long been a normal part of our culture, despite warnings from dermatologists regarding the dangers. Each year these warnings increase with evidence of the dangers the sun poses. 
Let’s break down these warnings. Why do you need to protect your skin from the sun? Tanning causes harmful UV rays from the sun or tanning beds that penetrate our skin leading to early aging, sun spots, and sometimes even melanoma cancer. Second, many people think they only need a base burn and then their skin will be fine. However, this is a long-term danger as even a base burn is damaging to skin. That “base tan” will only provide 2 to 3 SPF for your skin, but our skin needs SPF 15 at least to stay safe.  Do not get a base burn: it’s better to tan slowly, protecting our skin from all sunburns. Now we face the dilemma: do you tan to get that beautiful glow while ignoring your dermatologist or do you remain white all season protecting your skin? Well, the good new is you actually don’t have to pick one or the other! Rather, let’s look at some of the best ways to get that glow while keeping your skin safe. The easiest, quickest, way to get that tan you want is with self- tanning products.
Let’s look some of our personal favorites…
The number one favorite among bloggers and our friends…
    This is an Allure winner for best self tanner multiple years in a row, as well as top rated on sites like Sephora and Ulta (ratings of actual customers). It is easy to use in conjunction with their tanning mitt. St. Tropez will leave your skin with a healthy looking glow with no skin damage. You can use as often as you’d like to get a great tan, not only all summer long, but all year long. St. Tropez offers choices, including a darker mousse for the naturally bronzed beauties.
    Price: from $32 for 4 oz or $42 for 8 oz. The application mitt runs at $6.50
    2. Dennis Gross Skincare: Alpha Beta Glow Pads
      Some people are intimidated by foams or lotions, so Dr. Dennis Gross offers an excellent  alternative. The Alpha Beta Glow pads are similar to a makeup removal wipe. Instead of removing your makeup, the pad will leave you with a great natural looking glow. To make achieve a darker tan, simply use more wipes to achieve that perfect glow.
      Price: $38 for 20 wipes.
      3. Clinque for Men: Non Streak Bronzer
        Men, we are not excluding you because we know you want to enjoy a great summer tan too.  Gotta get those muscle poppin’! Clinique offers a lotion formula specifically made for men to enjoy. Reviews suggest using a small amount because it goes a long way to achieving your tan.
        Price: from $19 for 2 oz.
          If you like towelettes, but don’t want to pay the price for the high-end brands, L’Oreal offers the perfect product for you. Easy application, odorless, and quick drying time. L’Oreal is available at your local drugstore or Target.
          Price:  $8 for a 6 count.
          5. Jergens Natural Glow
            The most popular drugstore, self-tanning products is Jergens. Jergens has a lotion for your body and face; a mousse, as well as a wet skin lotion that you apply as soon as you get out of the shower. Each of these products provides a gradual tan so you can use for a week if you have a special event or all summer long for that natural looking tan.
            Prices: start at $9.99 up to $12.99.
              If you don’t have time for a gradual tan and you need a tan quick for a summer wedding or party, then Neutrogena offers the perfect product for you. Spray it on, let it dry, and by morning you’ll have a beautiful tan that doesn’t hurt your skin.
              Prices: starting at $11.99 for a 5 oz canister.
              We hope these products will help you achieve that amazing summer glow while protecting your skin from those harmful UV rays! However, we love the sun too, so we wanted to show you great options to protect your skin with some of our favorite sunscreens below:
               By Elizabeth McHan

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