You know the dangers of tanning. Even so, you like being tan. It makes you feel better and more attractive. You believe, as many people do, that a tan gives you a healthy glow and makes you look younger. But, years of tanning cause damage to your skin and make your skin prematurely age. It causes wrinkles and is a risk factor for skin cancer.
It is possible to look and feel attractive without a tan. The following are tips for looking and feeling beautiful without a tan:
Drink a glass of water each morning. Skip the early morning coffee and opt instead for a cup of hot water with lemon. This rehydrates your body and keeps your skin supple. Before you reach for the coffee, make sure you have your water.
Exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating helps give your skin a healthy glow by removing the dead skin cells and leaving the fresh skin cells. Exfoliating twice a week should be plenty; if your skin starts to dry out, cut back to once a week. There are many exfoliating products on the market but if you prefer you can use a baking soda and water mixture (equal parts).
Use makeup that matches your skin tone. Many women try using makeup that is one shade darker to give the healthy tan look. Makeup looks much better when it matches your actual skin tone so don’t buy makeup the shade you want to be, buy it based on the shade you are.
Consider skipping the foundation, especially on hot days when it can appear to be melting off you, and opt for minimal makeup: blush, a flattering lip color and mascara. You can add a bronzer or shimmer if you want some sparkle on your face.
Use contrast. If you have pale skin, don’t wear khaki clothing that melds together with your skin tone. Instead, choose clothing that creates a contrast. Wear vibrant, summery shades that work with your skin tone. If you have always had a tan, you might not know which summer colors are best with your natural skin color. Go shopping and experiment with different colors to find which ones look best on your skin tone. Bring a friend to help you find your best color. Don’t forget to experiment with different patterns and combinations of colors.
Use accessories to add flare to your outfit. A great way to add some color, is to focus on accessories and brighten up your outfit. Choose colorful accents like a bright tank top under your shirt or a colorful purse.
Take time to choose your outfits. Clothes that fit you well and make you feel good will improve your confidence. It is the confidence other people will notice, not whether you have a tan.
Go with a new look. Change your hairstyle or your hair color. Giving yourself a whole new look can change your outlook and improve your confidence.
Lastly, stop worrying about it. Focus on who you are and what you have to offer the world. Remember that your skin tone, whether light or dark, doesn’t change who you are. Focus on what is important this summer. Chances are, once you get used to the idea of not being tan, you will feel as comfortable with this look as you did with the tanned look.
Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.