pexels-photo-300x200-2146936With the days getting hotter and hotter, it’s time to get out and bask as much of sun as possible. Sunbathing is one way to get you that much desired tan. Unless you’ve got a very high fence in your backyard, tanning nude is a big no-no.

The usual swimwear is not the most ideal choice and finding the perfect swimsuit to accompany you while getting the much needed sun can be quite a complicated task. Not to worry, here are some suggestions to thoroughly enjoy your sunbathing without having to worry about how your swimsuit could minimize the overall look of your tan.

Choose a swimsuit that can tan through. Through the advancement of modern technology, certain swimwear let UV rays pass through the fabric so any skin below it is also tanned. It actually works in a more complex manner but that’s basically the gist of it. You’ll want to lather your entire body with sunscreen for this case since you would want to avoid getting sunburned through your swimwear.

A big downside on this type of swimwear, not a lot of shops offer it so it can be a hit or miss when you’re hoping to get a new set of clothes to wear for the beach or just for sunbathing in particular. If you’re lucky to find a store that caters to this type of swimwear, good on you; on most cases these shops provide a wide selection for both genders.

One way around the lack of tan through swimsuits is to make use of swimsuits that provide enough coverage. A good example would be string bikinis since they offer less coverage on your skin thus you can enjoy a lot of bronzed toned skin from sunbathing. It can be a little risqué to wear string bikinis which is why not everyone gets their share of this type of swimsuit. While it can’t be the same for guys, wearing shorts that provide enough coverage would do the trick.

A big downside of this type of swimwear would be the appearance of tan lines or light skin that was hidden during sunbathing. A countermeasure to tan lines or lighter skin would be to make use of self tanners so that you can have an overall tan without having to worry about tan lines that ruin your overall tan.

Choosing the ideal swimsuit can be tough but hopefully these tips will ease out on the difficulty when purchasing your next beach wear.


pexels-photo-218939-300x200-3257109Getting a tan through sunbathing has become hazardous these days. The old fear of getting a sunburn pales in comparison to the dangers that you might get while sunbathing. The usual practice of merely lathering yourself with some sunscreen won’t be enough to make the cut on protecting your skin under the sun. To get a better approach to sunbathing or any indoor tanning, here are some tips you might want to consider:

– Make use of a sunscreen that has a wide spectrum especially fending off the UVA and UVB rays. This makes sure that your skin is well protected from a wide range of radiation while you soak under the sun’s rays. Avoid using a sunscreen with the SPF lower than 30.

– Be sure to apply a good amount of sunscreen on your skin before starting your tan. Additionally, you’ll need to wait at least 30 minutes for your sunscreen to work. Contrary to what we’ve been doing, immersing in sea water or quickly lying under the sun after lathering yourself in copious amounts of suntan doesn’t protect you. You’ll need to wait it out before getting things started.

– Time your time under the sun. Overexposure not only promotes the chance of getting sunburn but it also puts you at higher risk of getting melanoma, a very aggressive kind of skin cancer. You’ll want to avoid tanning from 10 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon as the sun is deadliest during these hours.

– You can incorporate some natural tanning oils such as coconut oil or refined olive oil during your sunbathing. Tanning oils help speed up the process of tanning thus you won’t be staying too long under the sun when you’ve got the shade you wanted.

If you want a much healthier approach to getting a tan, self tanners is an ideal alternative to sunbathing or indoor tanning.


pexels-photo-167921-300x200-7201508Skin color has been quite a concern through the years. At times, certain individuals can have a different treatment merely for their skin color. It’s also been quite the hot topic since merely changing the color of your skin can summon a lot of flak. But in the end, there’s a wide spectrum of skin colors provided to each ethnicity in the world.

However, why do we have different skin colors? There are a lot of factors to consider when finding the right response to this question.

Skin color boils down to the amount of melanin on your skin. The darker your skin, the more melanin you have. In fact, more melanin in your skin is usually a good defense against skin cancer. In the end, melanin is your natural defense against skin cancer or other ailments that can be acquired from too much exposure under the sun.

Another factor to consider is your genetics; much of your skin color is derived from your genes. It can be tricky if your parents have a varied spectrum of color when it comes to genes. Nonetheless, much of your skin tone can be traced down to your origins by blood.

Geography also has a say on why your skin is darker than another individual. If you live near the earth’s ring of fire or in certain tropical areas, chances are you are soaking up more of the sun’s rays compared to those situated above or below the ring. Since you’re taking up much of the UV rays, your skin is naturally darker thus building the natural defense to fend off the chances of skin cancer. Not only that, since tropical countries have a longer hot or dry season, this also adds more fuel to their darker skin tone. For those who live in the northern hemisphere of the earth,  there’s a low production of melanin which is why their skin tone is light.


We’ve been told countless times that exfoliation is a great treat to our skin. Some have actually been deterred to try out exfoliations or cleansing since they have a bad image of it. Basically, exfoliation is a process of cleansing the outermost layer of your skin. This particular layer is a layer of dead skin cells as well as dirt and other impurities that have clung to your skin from the environment.

If you’re someone who’s not into exfoliation, you might want to start now. Contrary to what you think, exfoliation is an important step to keeping your skin youthful and well-nourished. To get a better image of it, here are some of the effects when you exfoliate your skin: