Out of all of my friends, I am the only one who doesn’t “fake bake” (aka frying inside a tanning bed). While opting out of the extremely unhealthy habit has gotten me the nickname of “mom” from my friends, I still stand by it faithfully. I am the first one to put on sunscreen, because as I like to remind my friends: skin cancer is real. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, those who have been exposed to radiation from indoor tanning are 59 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors. However, there are healthy tanning alternatives that won’t sacrifice your skin. Angela Cortright, founder of Orange County’s premier day spa, Spa Gregorie’s, offers a UV-free alternative with 2016 sunless tanning trends with safe (and smart) ways to achieve that summer glow.
- Spray is the Way: Save time and avoid the stickiness of sunscreen with a simple spray-on SPF, you’ll be more inclined to apply and re-apply when it’s a hassle-free. Try Coola's SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray with green tea and aloe to prep for a day in the rays.
- Always, always, always wear sunscreen. Did we mention to always wear sunscreen? Just in case we forgot, be sure to always wear sunscreen. The fewer ingredients in your sunscreen the better. Look for natural ingredients like zinc and titanium dioxide.
- Stylish & Sun Savvy: Keep it cool during sunny months by investing in some ultra-trendy sun wear. Next time you’re looking to buy a new swimsuit, grab in a few colorful cover-ups in loose, gauzy fabrics - these help to prevent sun damage to exposed arms and legs. Pair that with a wide brimmed hat and a good pair of sunglasses - you’ll save your skin and look cool doing it.
- There’s an App for That: Sunscreen comes in all kinds of applications to make staying protected an effortless part of your skincare regimen. Coola’s line of organic sun care products are a beach bag must-have; with everything from the zinc and titanium dioxide-infused Liplux, moisturizing BB Cream with rose stem cells, and Mineral Primer made of plant stem cells, all with an SPF of 30.
With these alternatives, there is no reason left for any clients to still visit the tanning beds!