7 Ways To Get A Tan This Summer WITHOUT Damaging Your Skin

7 Ways To Get A Tan This Summer WITHOUT Damaging Your Skin

If you have sunburn, stay in the shade.
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Summer is finally here! Now that the weather is nice, you're sure to find yourself enjoying time outdoors laying by the pool and soaking up the sun at the beach. In the process of achieving your picture perfect tan, check out these tips to make it healthy! Your skin will thank you later.

1. Always use SPF

No matter what skin type you have or how late in the season in maybe, your skin ALWAYS needs a layer of protection if you intend on being outdoors. Something is better than nothing.

2. Reapply, reapply, reapply!

Don't be shocked at 3:00 when you have a sunburn after not applying since 10 a.m. Sunscreens only protect for so long. If you tend to forget, set an alarm on your phone.

3. Refrain from using baby oil

When combined with the sun, baby oil does nothing more than burn you to a crisp. It provides absolutely no skin protection. Years from now, you'll be glad you saved it for shaving only.

4. Care for your skin outside of the sun

After a day in the sun, aloe and coconut oil are your best friends regardless of whether you've burned or not. It's important to use these along with other lotions to keep your skin moisturized and to prevent peeling!

5. If you have sunburn, stay in the shade

Nothing makes a sunburn worse than, well, the sun. If you must go outside still, be sure to stay under the shade or wear clothes and hats that cover your burned skin at the least.

6. Stay hydrated!

Don't let your skin dry out in the hot summer sun! Drink plenty of water when you're in and out of the sun to keep your skin healthy. If you're sweating or engaging in physical activity, be sure to drink a little extra water.

7. Avoid tanning beds

This is especially true if you're already spending time in the sun. For one, tanning bed usage has been linked to skin cancers. Trust me, your skin does not need the extra UV rays. Not only will your skin be thankful for this tip, but your wallet will be too.

8. Know your skin and don't get caught up in other's behaviors

You can read tons of articles such as this for skincare tips, but at the end of the day, no one knows how your skin handles the sun quite like you do. Know when it's time for your skin to be covered up. If you burn easily, don't be fooled by your friend who uses a low SPF tanning oil and reapplies less often than you do.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Why I Make Time To Work Out

Something about working out just always makes me feel good.

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When I first started college, I worked out about three times a week and I felt awesome. When I transferred, I kind of stopped working out in the summer because I had too much to do or because I simply just didn't want too. Looking back on this, I wish I would have told myself to work out even when I didn't feel like it because it just gives me a happy feeling of accomplishment.

The first semester of my sophomore year, I actually signed up for fitness classes at my school gym and attended HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) on Tuesday's and Thursday's. I eventually got to busy with school work, and school is my number one priority. I did not sign up for these classes during the second semester, although I should have. Signing up for those classes made me want to attend and work out. It gives you a little push, which we all need once and then. I now try to balance school and working out. After a workout, I just feel good. You get that sweat session in and bam, it's like you're a whole new person. At least, that's how I feel. Even if I have to force myself to go, I will. I do this because I know how good I will feel afterward and the pay off I will feel for getting to the gym. I have also noticed that when I do workout, my mental health just feels better, I feel happier and joyful, especially when I start making it a routine.

Once you get a routine down, it just becomes like second nature to you. Usually, when I don't go to the gym, I feel out of my normal routine. I hate messing up a routine when I have one. Working out just helps me feel happier, motivated, and just all around better.

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