(Out in the beautiful sunshine at Halifax's "Tall Ships" festival this weekend!)
Now when I see a bronze and tanned body all that I can think of is 'skin cancer!' and future wrinkly skin. Of course, getting *some* sun is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. That said, the general consensus is that once you tan, you've gone too far.
Interestingly, as awareness of the dangers of over exposure to the sun's rays have spread and people have decreased their amount of direct sun exposure, the self tanning lotion industry has sky rocketed. Although culturally we're moving towards accepting that laying out in the sun to get a tan isn't socially acceptable, having tanned skin during summer months remains a desirable trait.
It's like the tanned skin ideal hasn't gotten the memo from the tanning gives skin cancer department.
Unfortunately, self tanning and bronzing lotions (and sprays) can also be problematic for similar (re: cancer causing ingredients) reasons.
Many generic self tanning and bronzing lotions are filled with sketchy ingredients such as estrogenic sunblocks and parabens. They're also formulated to be absorbed into your skin in order to dye your skin colour and stay there for days on end. I can't even imagine what a spray tan would do- there's no way you wouldn't be inhaling all those air borne particles. Ick.
There are environmentally friendly self tanning lotions on the market if you look hard enough, but what I find interesting is that as a society we'll have to start accepting that during summer months we stay sans-tan.
So while you practice yoga in the park, don't forget your eco-friendly sunscreen (check out Adria Vasil's latest review on natural sunscreens for options)!
Being pale is cool- being tanned and crinkly (and skin cancered) is not :)
article and photographs by EcoYogini at ecoyogini.blogspot.com