How To Get a Tan

It used to be that the only way to get a tan is to bake in the sun, but today there are more than one way to get that sexy bronzed glow.  In fact, you don’t even have to wait until summer to get a tan!  Read on to find out how.

  • Tan outdoors. Lying under the sun is still the most popular way to get a tan, but if you don’t take the proper precautions before tanning under the sun, you could get painful sunburns, premature aging, and cancer. Follow these tips on tanning safely.

    Wearing sunscreen is an absolute must.  It’s like the mask to a scuba diver. Do not get sun block because this is a strong shield that will block you from most of the sun’s rays, which means you’ll barely tan at all.  Sunscreen is not a complete barrier, but it has SPF factor, which indicates the number of times you are being protected from the sun’s UV rays. This means that sunscreen will allow you to tan while protecting you from sunburn. The higher the SPF, the better the sunscreen. Never choose sunscreen that has anything lower than 30 SPF.

    Apply sunscreen all over your body at least 20 minutes before heading outside.  If you want to go into water, apply another coat even if the sunscreen is waterproof.  Always wear shades when tanning, as human eyes are very sensitive to UV rays.

    The best attitude when tanning naturally is to think gradual.  You won’t get a great tan in just one afternoon; it comes after several days of being under the sun. When tanning, do not expose yourself to the sun for over an hour.  If the sun is particularly intense, such as the noontime sun, limit your exposure to only half an hour.   

  • Tanning beds. When you cannot get access to the sun, tanning beds are your next best option.  Tanning beds make use of UV rays, which means you have to take the same precautions about sunscreen as tanning outdoors.  The only difference is that you can control the power of radiation and the amount of time you’d like to tan.  You will also need to wear protective goggles instead of shades; these provide better protection for your eyes.

    Tanning beds are a great way to get a base tan before allowing yourself to tan naturally during your vacation. And once you come home from the beach, you can lie on a tanning bed once more to maintain your tan.

  • Spray on tans and self-tanning lotions. Spray on tans and lotions are self-tanning products, which give you that sexy bronzed glow without having to go under the sun!  However, using a spray-on tan is very tricky because if you put too much, you’ll end up with orange skin. If you apply it the wrong way, you’ll end up with streaks instead of an even tan.

    Take a shower and moisturize very well before applying the tanning product.  Once you’re properly moisturized, apply the product evenly and slowly, beginning with your legs then moving on to other parts of your body.  Don’t rush and pay special attention to the area you’re working on.  On the areas prone to dark sports, like ankles, knees and elbows, mix half of the self-tanning lotion with half moisturizer to achieve a natural look.


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