Safe Rays?

Spring is finally here and we can’t wait to get our pale skin out of hibernation. Most Latinas never have to worry about sporting the perfect bronze because for the majority, nature took care of that problem. But for the few of us that were not as lucky and have light skin, we suffer from, tan envy are constantly looking for ways to get that bronzed look.



This can be the natural way of getting a tan, except you can easily get sunburned and sunspots if you lie out in the sun too long and don’t use sunscreen. According to the American Cancer Society, there are more cases of skin cancer each year, and even though the sun is a great form of vitamin D, they suggest using protection and limiting your sun exposure.

Tanning Bed

The potential for skin cancer must be taken seriously when considering tanning beds. According to, just one indoor tanning session increases your chances of developing melanoma by 20 percent and each additional session during the same year boosts the risk almost another two percent.


Spray Tan

Spray tanning can look pretty and natural, but it can get pretty expensive. Some airbrush sessions can run up to $70 or more for a single session. It’s a safer option but it can get pricey.

Self-tanning Lotion

With tanning lotions, you might have to experiment a couple of times to see what best works for you. Look for tanning lotions that include moisturizers, healing aloe, and ingredients like vitamin A and beta-carotene, which work to enhance and darken your skin.


Self-tanning mousse- Just like tanning lotions, you have to look for ingredients that will soothe your skin. A tanning mousse is usually very lightweight, easy to apply and dries in just a couple of seconds.

Getting a tan for fair skinned Latinas is not an easy task, it takes some research and trying out new things. A healthy glow can make you look younger, healthier, and even slimmer. So, do some experimenting of your own and find the best tanning option that’s the least evasive, within your budget, and most importantly one that makes you feel great.


 NEXT: Sun up!