Each year, there are quite a few complaints about winter weather. However, one of the most common complaints I hear is about having pale skin! What most people don’t realize is that the sun-kissed look just isn’t worth pursuing. UV radiation (which you can get from sunlight or the tanning bed) is a proven carcinogen. With summer just around the corner, what better way to prepare than to talk about loving and protecting the skin you were born with? Here are my 4 steps to embracing your skin just the way it is:
- Accept that tanning is actually the result of harmful UV damage to your skin. It took a long time for me to make the decision to never set foot in a tanning salon again. When I did, it was because I realized what I was doing to my body. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, individuals who have used tanning beds 10 or more times in their lives have a 34 percent increased risk of developing melanoma compared to those who have never used tanning beds. In case you don’t think melanoma is big of a deal, think again… one person dies of melanoma every hour (57 minutes).
- Love yourself (Check out Krystal’s post on that very topic)! That sounds pretty simple, but it’s actually a tall order. We live in a society that focuses on one-size-fits-all beauty standards and it’s time that we all stop striving to look the same. Whether you were born red, yellow, black, white, striped, polka dotted, round, thin, straight, curvy, tall, or short… you are beautiful!
- Take care of your skin! You don’t need a tan, spray tan, lightening products, or a bag to put over your head if you just give your skin the TLC that it needs. Every single person on this planet needs to cleanse, moisturize, and cover up in SPF 30+ every day of the year! If
you’re not sure about what products are best for your skin, check with your dermatologist. He or she can recommend a quality skincare regimen that will keep your healthy and natural glow on display.
- Guys, you can ignore this one… Ladies, listen up! Learn how to do your makeup well. I am a makeup junkie and have way too many products to even keep track of. However, just a few products (jane iredale is my favorite line) and pro tips will help to enhance your uniquely beautiful, god-given features… not hide them! Book a consultation with a makeup artist or aesthetician. The lessons you learn in 1-2 hours will be worth it and can stick with you for a lifetime.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, it has a big job. You only get one skin, so love the one you’re in!