Why I'm Tan Free

WHY I'm tan free

You've heard the stats and figures associated with the dangers of tanning. You know suntanned skin is damaged skin. Also, that tanning today for cosmetic reasons has the opposite effect tomorrow

But don't take our word for it. Take theirs. 

"I was a sun worshipper in my teens and 20s and also a lifeguard. I'm paying for it every day of my life. I have skin cancer. I had basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell cancer. Squamous is a killer if not detected early."

-Dana Fleming, TV host and voiceover artist

"I like being outdoors and enjoying the sun in safe and responsible ways. There isn't enough education on the topic [skin cancer] and people are putting themselves at-risk."

-Tyrell, model, Hoffman International Model & Talent Agency

What's your why? Share how and why you've embraced your natural skin tone. Your story may inspire someone else. 

How to Choose the Best Sunscreen

The first step to healthy skin is the apply SPF 30+ daily, but how do you choose which one is best? Look below for some helpful tips.

*SPF ratings, what does this mean? It is the rating system of SPF, which is a scale of how much protection from UVB rays you will have. For example, SPF 30 has more UVB protection than SPF 15. UVB rays are the ones that cause sun burns and skin cancer. 
*Mineral based: More natural and must have zinc oxide as the active ingredient in order to deflect the sun's rays. Click here for some suggestions.
*Water-resistant: Great for swimming and important if you will be in the water. Only can be used for up to 40-80mins depending on the type, so will have to re-apply. 
*Broad-spectrum: This is sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Remember that UVA rays cause the effects of aging.

Comment below and let us know what your favorite types and brands of sunscreen are.

Why is daily sunscreen so important?

As you can see sunscreen is a common theme throughout our site. This blog post I want to explain exactly why applying it daily is so important and how it works.

*How it works: Ingredients in sunscreen either work to absorb the UV rays from the sun or they reflect and scatter it
*UVA vs UVB: UVA rays penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin causing signs of aging like wrinkles and UVB burns the more superficial layers of your skin which can potentially lead to skin cancer. Basically, you want to avoid both.
*UV index: calculated each day by the government based on the ozone layer to determine the strength of the sun's rays. The higher the number, the stronger the rays are. How to find the UV index? Click here.
*What happens if I don't wear daily sunscreen? You are more susceptible to the aging process (wrinkles and dark spots) and skin cancer.

Comment with questions below and topics you'd like to see on future blog posts!

The Six Steps to Healthy Skin

Skin covers the entire body and literally takes the heat when exposed to the sun. It is important to become well versed with your skin early on to prevent skin cancer.

1. Wear SPF 30+ daily
2. Hat, shade & sunnies
3. Absolutely NO tanning beds - Even for "special events"
4. Know your skin
5. Yearly skin check
6. Take the pledge

Comment below on ways that you take care of your skin and why you decide to be tan-free.

What is the Tan-Free Pledge?

The Tan-Free Pledge is a form that anyone can fill out to pledge that they avoid all forms of tanning. This is so important because skin cancer affects all ages, genders and races. We encourage everyone to wear their skin confidently and embrace their natural color of skin. 

Click Here to fill out the Tan-Free Pledge.

Once you fill out the pledge, we will send you a confirmation email and a link to share the pledge with your friends. 

Comment below on why you choose to be tan-free.