How to Stop Dark Skin From Tanning

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Keep your skin safe from damaging sun rays.
Keep your skin safe from damaging sun rays. (Image: sun image by Bube from Fotolia.com)

It's well known that continuous exposure to the sun can result in wrinkles, skin damage or even skin cancer. Those with light or fair skin are most prone to burning while out in the sun. Although those with darker skin can handle the sun's rays a littler better, you can still get tanned or burned by being out in the sun for too long. If you want to prevent your skin from tanning, there are a few things that you can do to keep your skin from the sun.

Things You'll Need

  • Sunblock with SPF
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Clothing
  • Skin-lightening creams

Stay out of the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. This is when the sun's rays are the hottest, strongest and can burn your the easiest.

Wear SPF lotion. Many face and body creams/lotions now contain SPF in them. Use these lotions on a daily basis to help protect from everyday occurrences like walking your dog or simply running errands.

Wear SPF sunblock if you know you're going to be in the sun. Purchase sunblock in the highest SPF you can find. Always remember to reapply the lotion after a couple of hours, after sweating or after swimming.

Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your head, face and neck from the sun's rays.

Wear longer clothing. Although you do not want to be uncomfortable if it's hot outside, longer pants and a short-sleeved shirt will keep you better protected than shorts and a tank top.

Apply a skin lightening cream to your skin every night before bed. This will help to prevent your skin from become discolored, freckled or tanned. However, these creams can be irritating on sensitive skin, so check with your doctor before using a skin lightener.

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