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Exploring the darker side of the sun

By Bold Commerce Collaborator

How many times have you been told stay out of the sun?

Many times I’m sure and most for good reasons.

The advancing results of direct exposure to the sun put us at threat of cellular damage, very early wrinkling, age spots, scaly lesions, and skin cancer—including the scariest and deadliest form—melanoma.

So you see, when you hear someone asking you not to expose yourself to the sun maybe you should listen to their advice.

But isn’t the sun good for you too? Sure, if you have the right protection. If you don’t, this is what you could be subjecting yourself to:

    • Suntan

      Tanned skin is generally considered to be beautiful and desirable in most Western countries. Unfortunately, with that golden shade of brown often comes injury to the top layer of the skin. A direct exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays accelerates the effects of aging and increases your chances of developing skin cancer.

      A simple way to prevent damage to your skin and delight in the outdoors is to use a sunscreen. The only problem is, most sunscreens are packed with chemicals that may be even more dangerous than the sun they claim to protect you from. Find a natural, chemical free sunscreen if possible. My Skin’s Friend is 100% organic, is effective as soon as you put it on and provides SPF 20 protection. It’s even safe enough for babies.

      If you want to get a tan without exposing yourself to either the sun or chemicals, take a look at our organic sunless tanner.

        • Sunburn

          Mild sunburn usually appears within hours after direct exposure to the sun’s intense UV rays and could take days and even weeks to fade and heal.

          Longer exposure may result in a second degree burn. That is destructive to the underlying layers of the skin too and could result in damage to nerve endings. It is typically more painful and it takes longer to heal.

          Don’t hesitate to see a medical professional if you experience raw sunburn. That’s when the skin actually comes off, exposing the underlying layers and can be not only very painful but result in infections if not treated properly.

            • Wrinkles

              Intense exposure to the sun's rays will result in a skin that appears wrinkled and old years just before it should.

              Did you k now that over 80% of indications of skin aging in adults are due to over exposure from the sun before the age of 18? Shocking I know but true. With time, the sun's ultraviolet light harms the fibers in the skin called elastin, causing the skin to begin to droop, stretch, and shed its ability to recover after stretching.

                • Melasma or Chloasma

                  Excessive amounts of sunlight trigger irregular coloring of the skin with some parts appearing darker than others. It shows mainly on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. The sun can likewise cause long-term modifications in small capillaries, giving your skin a reddish appearance.

                  Use a chemical-Free Sun block SPF 20 at all times if you have melasma, as sunshine intensifies the problem. My Skin’s Friend Sweet Potato Lotion with its effective carotenoids has also been tried for these health conditions and has efficiently removed the unwanted stains with continued use. Don’t expect it to disappear quickly though. You should see results after about 3 months of daily application.

                    • Freckles.

                      Flat colored spots on the skin, known as freckles, are usually found on sun-exposed locations of the body. See a medical professional if the size, form, or color of an area changes or ends up being painfully. Protect yourself with a chemical-Free Sunscreen 20 SPF.

                      •   Age Spots

                          The result of sun exposure (not age, as it name indicates), have the tendency to show up on locations that are heavily exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, and upper body. Though not really created by aging, age spots multiply with time.

                          As opposed to whitening serums, acid peels, and light-based treatments, use chemical free Sweet Potato Lotion to help fade the spots. You might also try our organic, chemical free peel.

                          Small pigmented spots on the skin with a plainly specified side are harmless, but to eliminate severe skin issue such as most cancers, see a skin specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

                          So, how do we deal with the darker side of the sun?

                          How do we prevent sunburn, premature creases, skin cancer cells, and other damaging effects from sunlight?

                          Simply by staying away from it, especially between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sunlight's rays are strongest.

                          Also, by generously applying a chemical-free Sunblock with an SPF of 20 (don't forget your lips and ears!).

                          If you have no choice but to stay exposed to the sun, put on a hat and sunglasses and cover yourself with protective clothing. If you discover changes to your skin such as a mole altering the way it looks or a sore that will not heal, see a doctor.

                          Remember: we are our best guardians.

                          So, let’s start by protecting ourselves from that in nature that causes us harm and by making the smart decision not to use products that are loaded with chemicals and are affecting our health.


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                          Stopping here first was a good call.

                          We used to enclose a printed version of this booklet with our tanner but we continually get suggestions and recommendations from the hundreds of customers who love this tanner so we decided to convert it to a more dynamic forum so you always have the latest information for getting the perfect tan.

                          One you learn these simple secrets, you can keep that sexy, natural looking tan all year long while you're also pampering your skin.

                          You'll get more than just a tan.

                          My Skin's Friend Sunless Tanner is on of the very few liposomal tanners on the market. It actually helps moisturize your skin as well as tanning it so it's like getting two products for the price of one.

                          These simple secrets will guarantee an even, natural looking tan
                          Getting an even, natural looking tan shouldn't be difficult yet we hear from customers who have tried so many sunless tanners on the market only to be disappointed in the look of their tan. 
                          We set out to make the best organic tanner on the market and from the emails and customer reviews we get, looks like we've accomplished it.
                          If you don't get the perfect tan, let us help
                          Sure, we occasionally get a customer feedback that says they got streaks or some uneven spots but even then, we work with them to help correct those issues and start over. Without exception, the outcome is positive so I urge you to write to us if you experience anything but a perfect tan and let us help.
                          Getting an even, natural looking tan is definitely possible without covering your body with chemicals, baking in a tanning bed or enduring the funky smell most tanners leave you with.
                          If you follow these simple steps, you too will be sporting a tan so natural looking that your friends will ask you where you just vacationed!
                          First things first. 
                          My Skin's Friend SUnless Tanner

                           

                          Don't rush the process o.k.?

                          You want a natural looking tan, not a cheap paint job right? Just like getting a real sun tan, it takes a little time and patience but the outcome will be well worth it.
                          My Skin's Friend doesn't tan you, it causes your body to tan itself. In fact, when you spray it on, you won't see any color because there isn't any in it. That's why it doesn't look fake like a lot of others but there are "secrets" to getting the best, most natural looking tan with it.

                          Before you spray, make sure your skin is clean and exfoliated.

                          Use a regular wash cloth, loofah or anything else you might already like to exfoliate with. I discovered this helps speed up the process because it starts with new, fresh skin cells, not the old dead ones. Don't scrub so hard that you cause an abrasion. Just a nice firm scrub.

                          Exfoliate before using My Skin's Friend sunless tanner
                          There are two reasons for this.
                          1. One, the organic tanner interacts with your skin to create the tanning process so the more fresh, clean skin it can contact (without oils or creams between) the faster, deeper and more even your tan will be.
                          2. Secondly, dead skin cells tend to get darker than fresh cells and may cause some spotting so your outcome will be much more even once you properly clean and exfoliate your skin.
                           
                          My Skin's Friend sunless tanner prep

                          When your done, dry off and go to the next step.

                          I put plastic grocery store bags on my feet from the ankle down to keep the tops of my feet from getting tan from the falling mist.
                            Some customers have told me that they apply a thin layer of cocoa butter or other natural lotion like MSF Sweet Potato, Melon Fresh or Honey & Aloe to theirs.
                            My Skin's Friend sunless tanner prep
                            They also apply to elbows and knees because those areas tend to get darker faster and the lotion acts to help avoid that.


                              O.k. with those bases covered, it's time to apply the spray.

                              It is much easier if you have a friend who can spray you but almost all of our customers report they spray it on themselves with little problem. It might take a little practice to perfect it but it's done every day.

                              My Skin's Friend organic sunless tanner application

                              I apply it to myself most of the time but when I can get my husband to do it, it is easier to maintain a more even coverage.

                              VERY IMPORTANT. The main cause of streaks or runs is OVER SPRAYING.

                              Because My Skin's Friend sunless tanner is clear (no colorants or staining chemicals), it is hard to tell where you've sprayed.

                              For this reason, it is important to plan to cover in a methodical way to make sure you don't over spray and get runs or streaks.

                               

                               

                              1. Do right leg, left leg to thigh front.
                              2. Right arm, left arm front and sides.
                              3. Abdomen front (pubic bone to under neck unless you want au natural all over tan).
                              4. Then back from hairline to butt. Then back of left leg, back of right leg.  

                              If you have someone applying the spray to you, have them hold the bottle about a foot from your body and spray evenly from side to side, making sure to get an even coat. Applying too much each time will cause runs and you don't want that or you'll have streaks. Just a very light coat works like magic.

                              RUN REPAIR TIP!

                              If you see a run or large droplets during or after spraying, don't panic. It can be fixed before the streak shows up.

                              Once you've finished your third and final application for that day, simply let the last coat dry a few minutes and then apply an organic lotion to the entire area to blend the overspray into the rest of the area. In almost all cases, this will completely eliminate any spots or streaks and you'll wake up with a very nice, even, natural looking tan.

                              Over spray also happens because you will swear you're not getting enough on you but I assure you that you are. We chose the very fine mister pump to make sure you get a very light application each time to prevent runs or streaks.

                              When one coat dries (which is very quick and can be accelerated with a blow dryer set to cool), apply the next one until you've sprayed three consecutive coats in one treatment.  I know you won't feel like anything is happening but trust me, it is.

                              Once the third coat is dry, you're ready to get dressed. My Skin's Friend tanner won't color hair or clothes so don't worry about having to cover your hair or having it rub off on your clothes or bed linens.

                              Cover your whole body or the areas you want tan with that first coat and wait 3 minutes or so for it to dry. One of the things people love about it is that it dries very fast.

                              Repeat this process no more than three days straight.

                              Once you've done if for three days, STOP and wait for 48 hours for your tan to “mature” and show you the final shade. If you want to be darker, simply continue to apply it as above until you reach your ideal shade. Once that happens, you can usually maintain your tan with a once or twice a week application. Remember, you won't see the final results for 48 hours
                              after the final coat.

                              That's it! That's all you need to have a cool looking tan. And when people ask where you got your beautiful tan, tell 'em Tahiti!

                              If you have any problems, questions or tips you'd like to share with us and your fellow tanners, please contact us at [email protected] We love hearing from our customers and always appreciate tips you've learned to help get the best looking organic tan under the sun.

                              Want to share what you've learned? Click here to send a link to this page to your friends!

                              Now, go show off that beautiful tan of yours!  

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