Supplements for Tanning

When skin is exposed to the sun's rays, it produces the pigment melanin as a natural defence. Vitamins and herbs can't really accelerate this process.

While moderate amounts of sun exposure (20-30 minutes per day) is not a bad thing - in fact, it helps the body manufacture vitamin D - overexposure can lead to skin damage, aging, sun burn and even cancer. Rather than striving to get that deep bronze glow, it is more prudent to try and prevent the skin from tanning by using sunscreen (minimum SPF 15), covering up and avoiding exposure from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

However, if you do catch some rays, you can help reduce skin damage by taking antioxidants like vitamin E, beta carotene (vitamin A) and vitamin C. If you happen to burn, aloe vera gel and chamomile oil can be soothing, healing and reduce inflammation.

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