Tanning Ages the Skin: How To Keep Your Skin Looking Young & Vibrant For As Long As Possible

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We all want that golden tan, it is flattering and many people believe that it just looks better than pale skin. While you might look good as a tanned twenty years old, tanning majorly ages your skin and nobody wants to look forty when they have barely hit thirty!

That’s not even taking into account the more serious health repercussions that are related to . This article is going to be looking at tanning and your skin in more detail so let’s dive right in.

How does the Sun Damage Skin?

We all know that . When you see somebody who has spent a lot of time either in the natural sunlight or on sunbeds throughout their life, you can really notice the difference in how they have aged quicker than people who don’t.

But what is the technical reasoning behind sun damage? It’s basically as follows:- 

  • If your skin is exposed to UV rays (sun or sunbeds) on a regular basis, this breaks down collagen in the skin and also stunts the . This, unfortunately, is what leads to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
  • UVA and UVB rays in the sun will trigger an excessive amount of melatonin production as a defense mechanism. Age spots are then formed and these will increase each and every time you are subjected to the rays.
  • Skin dehydration can also be caused by exposure to frequent amounts of sun and this only intensifies fine lines and wrinkles.

Protecting Yourself from UV Rays

Instead of slipping into your swimwear and soaking up the rays or booking yourself a sunbed session often, you SHOULD be protecting yourself from the sun in whatever way you can.

While the heat on your body might feel good when it’s under the sun and tan is appealing for a while, it simply isn’t worth the long-lasting results in terms of the appearance of your skin.

So ditch the sunbeds completely and protect yourself from UV rays by doing the following.

  • Wear sunscreen at even the slightest hint of sun. The higher the SPF the better and don’t forget a hat and sunglasses for your eyes.
  • Wear moisturizer that has an SPF in it every day if you want to make sure that your skin is getting maximum protection from the rays. Moisturiser is good for your skin anyway so the fact it is protecting you from the sun is a bonus.

Safer Alternatives to the Sun

You can get the look you are going for without subjecting yourself to the sun damage. Some ways that you can do that are as follows.

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Spray Tans

Every single beauty salon out there will offer spray tans, they are really quick and will give you results in an instant. You can choose the shade you want and this is actually the perfect process to go through before a wedding or event where you want to look your best.

Tanning Tablets

You can now get tanning tablets but some are obviously more effective than others. Look for tanning tablets with good reviews that contain natural ingredients like to ensure you are getting an effective product. This will get you a sun-kissed look without any of the detrimental side effects.

Tanning Moisturisers

There are many high-quality tanning moisturizers/fake tan products on the market that work really well. Tanning moisturizers are particularly popular because they offer a gradual tan for a much more natural look. For hydrated skin and a fierce tan in one, you really can’t go wrong with these kinds of products.


Now that you know more about the sun and the skin damage that goes along with it, you should have a better understanding of what you are doing to yourself with something that seems quite innocent at the time.

You might not want to hear this but there is no such thing as a safe tan. Even though it can look good, a tan from natural UV rays is a sign of skin damage even if you do not look burnt.

You can get a golden tan without harming your skin and that should come out of a bottle. Make the right choices with your skin today and you’ll be thankful you did in the future!

This post was last modified on April 20, 2022 2:10 pm

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