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Safety first with face tanning

Safety first with face tanning

You can admire your golden arms and legs after a day's sunbathing, but it can be hard to tan your face without burning. To help we've rounded up some expert advice on how to achieve a glow without damaging your skin.

Dr Kerryn Greive of SunSense UK starts us off, explaining why we tan in the first place.

"Our skin goes brown because it has had enough UV to trigger the melanin to develop," she told Cover Media. "It triggers the melanin as a defence mechanism and so any change in the colour of the skin is a sign that your body is trying to repair damage caused by UV rays."

She also warns that tanning is a sign that you have had enough UV to cause premature ageing and worst, skin cancer. How can tanning your face be done properly and safely then?

Dr Preema Vig, medical Director of Beyond Medispa in department store Harvey Nichols and owner of a private practice in Harley Street, shares how to prep.

"Ensure you exfoliate your skin on a regular basis and especially before you plan to expose yourself to the sun. By removing the dead, dull cells from the top layer of your skin, this prepares the surface of your skin to enable your tan to appear and fade more evenly," she explained. "As with any regular exfoliation, ensure you hydrate and moisturise your skin adequately."

Wearing sun cream goes without saying, and a high factor is extremely important. It doesn't stop you from tanning, it simply helps protect you and ensures a longer lasting colour builds over time.

With the face you should be sure to get to all corners with cream, especially your hair line and nose as these are the places often forgotten or which stick out and catch more sun.

As a recommendation, don't have your face in the sun for more than around five minutes at a time, and avoid this period during the hottest time of the day.

Dr Vig also reveals how to be extra safe.

"Wear your shades and hat as the skin around your eyes is delicate to UV rays and this reduces the risk of you burning/inflammation and also give your skin time to repair itself after a day of sun exposure, so stagger the time you expose your face to the sun rays," she added.

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