safe tanning - how?

writer: Ona Rihu
Picture: Catarina Böckerman, Ona rihu

The summer is here and it's time to get a tan! The dangers of sun are now very well known through things such as skin cancer and premature aging, but is there a way to tan safely? 
Here's some of our favorite tips for safe tanning! 

1.sunscreen

Traditional sunscreen can often be filled with harmful chemicals, but having no protection is not a smart choice either. Opt for a more natural option, they are safer for the environment as well. I've recently discovered the Finnish brand Atopik that makes natural sun-products for sensitive skin. They have a SPF 30 spray for the face and body that contains oil from oats, a highly nurturing oil that soothes the skin. 

2. Limit your time in direct sunlight

We've all been there, spending hours at the beach on your first day of vacation and looking like a tomato the next day. If your skin is not used to strong sun exposure start slow, tan for shorter periods of time and see how your skin reacts, and work from there. Caution is worth it, since sunburns increase your chance of getting skin-related issues later on.

3.self-tan

Self-tanning is an easy way to avoid any sun damage and still look fab. Atopik also has a gradually tanning lotion that's all natural and due to the gradual effect you can get exactly the right tone that you're looking for. The lotion is very moisturizing and feels amazing on the skin! I also love that it doesn't have that strong smell that usually comes with traditional self-tanners. 

4.beta-carotene

Beta-carotene can help you achieve a more healthy, warm-toned hue to your skin. You can get it from carrots, sweet potatoes and some other vegetables but if you're looking to see results fast you can add a supplement to your diet for an extra kick!