Looking for the perfect tan? Maybe you've heard that using good old fashioned baby oil is the best way to get a tan. If it worked for your mother or grandmother, could it be the best answer for your quest for tan skin?
Why Not? First and foremost, simply choosing to lie out in the sun for a tan is asking for trouble. I'm not even going to go into the risk of skin cancer, because most people who lie out in the sun know that it could cause skin cancer, but they are more concerned about the notion that tanning makes one look younger and healthier.
It might pain you to know that each time you're choosing to lie in the sun to tan, you're making your skin look older (and older and older). It's a fact: sun is the number one cause of skin's premature aging. The quest to stay young by tanning is indeed making you age faster. And though you might feel good at age 26, by the time you're 36 you might look more like you're 46.
What is baby oil good for? Baby oil is a body moisturizer. It is known as one of the best moisturizers for your skin. It provides a bit of a barrier to your skin to keep the moisture from leaving your skin. (Here's some more info on baby oil and your skin.) What it does not do is protect against any of the sun's rays.
What Should I Put On My Skin Before Tanning, Then? Sunscreen. The idea that you won't get tan when you wear sunscreen is false. Your skin will get color, but you will protect your skin against the rays that cause premature aging and skin cancer. (sun safety tips)
Get out and enjoy the sun, but play it safe. Use sunscreen each time you're in the sun and reapply every 2 hours. SPF 20 or greater is best. (Psst! Those tanning oils that have SPF 2 are not protecting your skin at all.) Self-tanning products are the only way to get a safe tan. Here are some tips to make sure you get the best results from them.