How to get a proper tan

How to get a proper tan

Exfoliation is the first step to building a long-lasting, deep tan. Exfoliating your skin will remove all the dead cells which can prevent a uniform tan. The best is to start exfoliating a few days before being exposed to the sun as it leaves the skin a little sensitive and more prone to sunburns. You can use exfoliating clothes like this plastic-free shower puff (a great option to help the environment!), brushes, body scrubs… Anything non-chemical! And don’t forget to hydrate your skin after showering.

2. Your diet counts

The food you eat also plays a role in tanning. Eating specific vegetables has been proven to help get your skin ready from the inside! Beta-carotene and lycopene found in certain vegetables could increase your skin’s protection to UV (turning on the process of producing melanin!) and make your tint a bit more orangey, so make sure your diet is rich in carrots and tomatoes. If you are not that much into veggies, Imedeen supplements can also help you prepare your skin from within.

3. Start with a fake tan

If you are worried about looking too pale on your first days at the beach, don’t be afraid to cheat a little! I personally like to start a week ahead by gradually applying tanning lotion every two or three days. I use the Moisturizing Self-Tanning Silky Gel from Avène, natural effect guaranteed 🙂 Please be aware that tanning lotions don’t offer any protection against the sun as natural tanning does. Highly protect yourself with sunscreen as normal when heading to the beach!

4. Sunscreen is your best friend

How to get a proper tan

Can you tan with sunscreen?

Most of us always “forget” about sunscreen. “I am not going to get tanned!” is the number one excuse when it comes to applying sunscreen! I speak from experience… But sunscreen actually lets you get a tan, more slowly yes but more safely.

When buying sunscreen, we are often left with many options and not knowing which one to choose. Which SPF is right for my skin? What does “broad spectrum” mean? Here is a quick guide I wish I had when choosing my first sunscreen.

First of all, make sure that the sun lotion you choose protects against both UVA and UVB. UVA are rays that penetrate deep into your skin – causing mainly ageing and sometimes skin allergies and cancers. They represent 95% of the rays coming on earth and they also go through the clouds. UVB rays penetrate the top layer of the skin and cause burnings – aka the lovely sunburns!

Broad-spectrum protects you against UVA, while SPF protects you against UVB. Both rays create a lot of damages to your skin so check twice if your sunscreen contains both SPF AND broad spectrum.

Secondly, choose the right SPF. The number associated with the “SPF” mention means how long you can stay in the sun: for example, with an SPF30 you can stay 30 times longer in the sun than if you weren’t wearing any protection. The best is to go for SPF30 as SPF50 usually gives a false sense of security and makes you forget to reapply it every two hours! If you have very fair or sensitive skin, always go for SPF50. Dark skins are protected with SPF15.

Finally, I like to use sun lotions that are not harmful to the environment and health. Most

How to get a proper tan

sunscreens contain toxic chemical products that are not so good and while they help fight sun-relative skin problems, they cause other ones.

I recently discovered the brand Thank Me Later which is environment-friendly. Totally love the packaging!! And I can say that the product inside is just as good! I finished mine within a couple of weeks (the smell was just so good I had to re-apply it all the time), I can’t wait for the new order I placed to arrive. You can find a more detailed review of the Thank Me Later sunscreen here!

How to get a proper tan

We often get asked if very fair-skinned people can get a real tan. Yes! We know it’s possible. We’ve seen them out there. Scandinavians, Germans, people who are naturally incredibly pale, parading around with stunning golden tans. How do they do it? We got hold of some of these clever tanned goddesses and they revealed their tanning secrets for the fair-skinned… read on!

1. Burning is your biggest enemy- Always use sun protection

Spending too long in the sun and not using protection will only get you burned. And once that happens, it’s all downhill from there.

Some may argue that after they burn they become tanned a few days later. This may be the case if you have olive skin, but if you are fair, then chances are you have damaged your skin and dried it out. All you will get is skin flaking off in a lizard-like fashion, not to mention be in a lot of pain for days. And then you will have to start the process of trying to tan all over again.

You might think ‘But how can I tan if I’m using sun block?’

The answer to that is that protection doesn’t stop you tanning, it stops you BURNING. If you protect yourself from burning, you are giving your skin a good chance of producing melanin*.

The bottom line is: the more comfortable your skin is, the happier it will be, and the better it will tan!

*melanin: the pigment produced by your skin that gives it a tanned colour.

2. Take your time, and build your tan up slowly

Everyone reacts differently to the sun, but here are some guidelines to get you started:

If tanning in the sun, start with only 15-20 minutes in the sun on your first session. In your following tanning sessions only increase your time by 5-10 minute increments, and monitor your skin regularly to make sure you aren’t starting to go red and burn.

If tanning on a sunbed, start with 2-3 minutes. Space your sessions and don’t ever go every day. As your tan develops you can increase the number of minutes you are on. Again, only increase your time on gradually, and only in 1-2 minute increments at a time.

How to get a proper tan

3. Let your skin rest

Remember: Tanning, or the production of melanin in your skin cells, continues for a few hours after you have been in the sun/ on a sunbed. So you don’t need to sit in the sun/ on a sunbed until you see a colour develop for you to know that you have gotten a tan. Your cells have already been stimulated to start the tanning process, and by giving your skin a rest after exposure (i.e. sitting indoors or in the shade after tanning in the sun) it will benefit tremendously in getting you the tan you’re after. By evening, you will be browner than you were during your tanning session.

4. Get a kick-start

Using tan accelerators without a doubt speeds up the whole process of tanning, and kick-starts your skin’s natural tanning process. If you’re short on time or want to see results faster, this is the stuff for you. If tanning in the sun, apply it over you SPF cream. If tanning on a sunbed, apply before going on. We recommend Carrot Sun’s Papaya or Coconut tan or Watermelon accelerators as the best aids we’ve come across for building that base tan surprisingly quickly.

How to get a proper tan

5. Feed your skin whilst tanning

In order to produce melanin, your skin needs the melanin building block l-tyrosine. Carrot Sun tan accelerators contain l-tyrosine, hence applying them to your skin over your SPF cream means that you are feeding your skin directly with exactly the stuff it needs to tan.

6. Create the perfect tanning conditions, right on your skin

High quality tan accelerators contain vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that nourish skin, creating optimal tanning conditions for your skin. All Carrot Sun products contain these quality ingredients.

7. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

Not only is it essential to keep your skin moisturised after tanning, but during tanning as well. Moisturise inside and out: so drink plenty of water and use a highly moisturising product on your skin. Carrot Sun products take care of this for you by moisturising intensely, and by creating a layer on the surface of your skin that locks moisture in for the duration of your tanning session.

8. Tan regularly

This one might seem fairly obvious, but the difficult part for fair-skinned folk is building that initial base tan. Slowly increase the time you are exposed to the sun/ on a sunbed, and do this on a regular basis so that you don’t fall behind and have to start all over again. Once that base tan has been established, your sun/sunbed exposure times can increase, and deepening your tan will occur much more quickly. To deepen your tan and get the darkest tan possible we recommend the Carrot or Tropical Fruit varieties of Carrot Sun.

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9. Cheat a little- only a little!

Using a tan accelerator that contains bronzer will give your skin a tint, an extra little tan-coloured hue that will make you look tanned before you’ve even started tanning. It isn’t like fake tan, it won’t streak, and if it’s Carrot Sun you’re using then you will get a faint golden hue from an all-natural plant-based bronzer called henna, which will also prolong the life of your tan. Carrot Sun products containing henna are Carrot, Papaya, and Tropical Fruit.

The main principle is simple: be good to your skin, and your skin will be good to you!

How to get a proper tan

We often get asked if very fair-skinned people can get a real tan. Yes! We know it’s possible. We’ve seen them out there. Scandinavians, Germans, people who are naturally incredibly pale, parading around with stunning golden tans. How do they do it? We got hold of some of these clever tanned goddesses and they revealed their tanning secrets for the fair-skinned… read on!

1. Burning is your biggest enemy- Always use sun protection

Spending too long in the sun and not using protection will only get you burned. And once that happens, it’s all downhill from there.

Some may argue that after they burn they become tanned a few days later. This may be the case if you have olive skin, but if you are fair, then chances are you have damaged your skin and dried it out. All you will get is skin flaking off in a lizard-like fashion, not to mention be in a lot of pain for days. And then you will have to start the process of trying to tan all over again.

You might think ‘But how can I tan if I’m using sun block?’

The answer to that is that protection doesn’t stop you tanning, it stops you BURNING. If you protect yourself from burning, you are giving your skin a good chance of producing melanin*.

The bottom line is: the more comfortable your skin is, the happier it will be, and the better it will tan!

*melanin: the pigment produced by your skin that gives it a tanned colour.

2. Take your time, and build your tan up slowly

Everyone reacts differently to the sun, but here are some guidelines to get you started:

If tanning in the sun, start with only 15-20 minutes in the sun on your first session. In your following tanning sessions only increase your time by 5-10 minute increments, and monitor your skin regularly to make sure you aren’t starting to go red and burn.

If tanning on a sunbed, start with 2-3 minutes. Space your sessions and don’t ever go every day. As your tan develops you can increase the number of minutes you are on. Again, only increase your time on gradually, and only in 1-2 minute increments at a time.

How to get a proper tan

3. Let your skin rest

Remember: Tanning, or the production of melanin in your skin cells, continues for a few hours after you have been in the sun/ on a sunbed. So you don’t need to sit in the sun/ on a sunbed until you see a colour develop for you to know that you have gotten a tan. Your cells have already been stimulated to start the tanning process, and by giving your skin a rest after exposure (i.e. sitting indoors or in the shade after tanning in the sun) it will benefit tremendously in getting you the tan you’re after. By evening, you will be browner than you were during your tanning session.

4. Get a kick-start

Using tan accelerators without a doubt speeds up the whole process of tanning, and kick-starts your skin’s natural tanning process. If you’re short on time or want to see results faster, this is the stuff for you. If tanning in the sun, apply it over you SPF cream. If tanning on a sunbed, apply before going on. We recommend Carrot Sun’s Papaya or Coconut tan or Watermelon accelerators as the best aids we’ve come across for building that base tan surprisingly quickly.

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5. Feed your skin whilst tanning

In order to produce melanin, your skin needs the melanin building block l-tyrosine. Carrot Sun tan accelerators contain l-tyrosine, hence applying them to your skin over your SPF cream means that you are feeding your skin directly with exactly the stuff it needs to tan.

6. Create the perfect tanning conditions, right on your skin

High quality tan accelerators contain vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that nourish skin, creating optimal tanning conditions for your skin. All Carrot Sun products contain these quality ingredients.

7. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

Not only is it essential to keep your skin moisturised after tanning, but during tanning as well. Moisturise inside and out: so drink plenty of water and use a highly moisturising product on your skin. Carrot Sun products take care of this for you by moisturising intensely, and by creating a layer on the surface of your skin that locks moisture in for the duration of your tanning session.

8. Tan regularly

This one might seem fairly obvious, but the difficult part for fair-skinned folk is building that initial base tan. Slowly increase the time you are exposed to the sun/ on a sunbed, and do this on a regular basis so that you don’t fall behind and have to start all over again. Once that base tan has been established, your sun/sunbed exposure times can increase, and deepening your tan will occur much more quickly. To deepen your tan and get the darkest tan possible we recommend the Carrot or Tropical Fruit varieties of Carrot Sun.

How to get a proper tan

9. Cheat a little- only a little!

Using a tan accelerator that contains bronzer will give your skin a tint, an extra little tan-coloured hue that will make you look tanned before you’ve even started tanning. It isn’t like fake tan, it won’t streak, and if it’s Carrot Sun you’re using then you will get a faint golden hue from an all-natural plant-based bronzer called henna, which will also prolong the life of your tan. Carrot Sun products containing henna are Carrot, Papaya, and Tropical Fruit.

The main principle is simple: be good to your skin, and your skin will be good to you!

How to get a proper tan

Exfoliation is the first step to building a long-lasting, deep tan. Exfoliating your skin will remove all the dead cells which can prevent a uniform tan. The best is to start exfoliating a few days before being exposed to the sun as it leaves the skin a little sensitive and more prone to sunburns. You can use exfoliating clothes like this plastic-free shower puff (a great option to help the environment!), brushes, body scrubs… Anything non-chemical! And don’t forget to hydrate your skin after showering.

2. Your diet counts

The food you eat also plays a role in tanning. Eating specific vegetables has been proven to help get your skin ready from the inside! Beta-carotene and lycopene found in certain vegetables could increase your skin’s protection to UV (turning on the process of producing melanin!) and make your tint a bit more orangey, so make sure your diet is rich in carrots and tomatoes. If you are not that much into veggies, Imedeen supplements can also help you prepare your skin from within.

3. Start with a fake tan

If you are worried about looking too pale on your first days at the beach, don’t be afraid to cheat a little! I personally like to start a week ahead by gradually applying tanning lotion every two or three days. I use the Moisturizing Self-Tanning Silky Gel from Avène, natural effect guaranteed 🙂 Please be aware that tanning lotions don’t offer any protection against the sun as natural tanning does. Highly protect yourself with sunscreen as normal when heading to the beach!

4. Sunscreen is your best friend

How to get a proper tan

Can you tan with sunscreen?

Most of us always “forget” about sunscreen. “I am not going to get tanned!” is the number one excuse when it comes to applying sunscreen! I speak from experience… But sunscreen actually lets you get a tan, more slowly yes but more safely.

When buying sunscreen, we are often left with many options and not knowing which one to choose. Which SPF is right for my skin? What does “broad spectrum” mean? Here is a quick guide I wish I had when choosing my first sunscreen.

First of all, make sure that the sun lotion you choose protects against both UVA and UVB. UVA are rays that penetrate deep into your skin – causing mainly ageing and sometimes skin allergies and cancers. They represent 95% of the rays coming on earth and they also go through the clouds. UVB rays penetrate the top layer of the skin and cause burnings – aka the lovely sunburns!

Broad-spectrum protects you against UVA, while SPF protects you against UVB. Both rays create a lot of damages to your skin so check twice if your sunscreen contains both SPF AND broad spectrum.

Secondly, choose the right SPF. The number associated with the “SPF” mention means how long you can stay in the sun: for example, with an SPF30 you can stay 30 times longer in the sun than if you weren’t wearing any protection. The best is to go for SPF30 as SPF50 usually gives a false sense of security and makes you forget to reapply it every two hours! If you have very fair or sensitive skin, always go for SPF50. Dark skins are protected with SPF15.

Finally, I like to use sun lotions that are not harmful to the environment and health. Most

How to get a proper tan

sunscreens contain toxic chemical products that are not so good and while they help fight sun-relative skin problems, they cause other ones.

I recently discovered the brand Thank Me Later which is environment-friendly. Totally love the packaging!! And I can say that the product inside is just as good! I finished mine within a couple of weeks (the smell was just so good I had to re-apply it all the time), I can’t wait for the new order I placed to arrive. You can find a more detailed review of the Thank Me Later sunscreen here!

How to enhance and prolong your tan without damaging your skin

How to get a proper tan

While we usually like to fake (not bake) our tans, there are plenty of reasons why we love the sun. It boosts levels of serotonin (nature’s own Valium, proven to alleviate anxiety). Not only that, but it produces vitamin D which is good for bones, teeth and skin. But to avoid premature ageing and skin cancer risks, you need to take care for a safe, sun-kissed glow.

1. Always, always avoid sunbeds

Don’t fall for the myth peddled by some salons that they can give you a ‘healthy’ tan with a sunbed. “It’s the wrong UV – tanning beds pump out huge amounts of UVA and virtually no UVB (which stimulates vitamin D), and can increase your risk of skin cancer by 75%” says Dr. Nick Lowe of The Cranley Clinic in London.

2. Apply the right sunscreen

Don’t just rely on SPF; on the bottle you need to look for the term ‘broad spectrum’ or the UVA logo plus the word ‘high’. We recommend La Roche-Posay Anthelios.

Go for SPF30 over SPF50. “It filters 97% of UVB rays, while SPF50 filters 98%. The latter can give a false sense of security and can be so chalky you may not reapply it every two hours like you should. If you have very dark skin (south Indian or black), SPF15 is sufficient.” Explains Dr. Lowe.

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3. Understand your tanning time

Your skin reaches a tanning cut-off point when it physically can’t produce any more melanin, the tanning pigment, so it’s pointless to lounge by the pool all day. “Everyone has their own melanin cut-off, typically two to three hours or much less if you have fair skin” says Dr Lowe. “After this you’re just subjecting your skin to the risk of UV damage.”

“Taking breaks from the sun will reduce UV intensity and your sunburn risk and means your tan will be healthier and longer-lasting” says Dr. Frank Schwanke, Head of Suncare R&D for Beiersdorf.

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How to get a proper tan

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5. Swap ‘tan-accelerating’ creams for supplements

Skin cancer authority, Dr. Marko Lens, says ‘tan-accelerating’ creams are BS. “Nothing you apply to your skin can improve the production of melanin, skin’s protective dark pigment. But taking a daily 25g beta-caretone supplement can. It doesn’t mean you need less sunscreen, but it boosts skin’s natural defence against UV by improving its ability to tan.”

Try Imedeen Tan Optimizer tablets which prepare the skin for the sun and protect cells from UV induced oxidative stress using a duo of antioxidants.

How to get a proper tan

6. Eat sun-friendly foods

Certain foods are known to increase lycopene, the skin’s own SPF. An antioxidant found in tomatoes, and other red and orange fruit and veg, it can boost your sun protection by a whopping 33%. One of the best sources is tomato paste – did someone say spag bol?

Dermatologist Dr. Samantha Bunting says “I’m a big fan of a group of antioxidants called polyphenols. Green tea is a great example. Sip it after a sushi lunch.” (Fish, rich in omega-3 has anti-inflammatory powers too).

Dark chocolate is packed with flavonoids that can help protect against sunburn, while caffeine is thought to help cut your skin cancer risk. “It’s best taken in an espresso shot right before you hit the beach” she says.

Remember that fake tan offers no sun protection, but it can help you stop burning by easing the first day pale panic on holiday. Treat yourself to a spray tan before the big bikini reveal or find the perfect one to use at home with our round up of the best fake tans.

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We can’t believe we actually have to say this, but being regularly exposed to sunlight is an important part of being healthy.

We need get sun on our bare skin to allow our bodies to make Vitamin D, an essential nutrient that helps build strong bones, well-functioning muscles, and a strong immune system. It’s hard to get enough from food, and we can usually only get enough if we are eating some that’s fortified like milk or cereal. Plus, it’s tough to tell how much sunlight is doing you good and not harming your skin, since guidelines about how much we really need to be our healthiest have varied over the years.

A recent study from the Solar Radiation Research Group at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain examined the question and came up with some answers. They studied people with skin type III, which is most common among Spaniards—also prevalent across North America—and is classified as skin that will “tan easily, but still sunburn.” The researchers found that in spring and summer, people only need 10 to 20 minutes of sunshine to get the recommended dose of vitamin D. Too much longer will cause erythema—aka the start of a sunburn.

For the fall, about 30 minutes is sufficient. In the winter months, however, when you’re most likely to be hibernating under your covers for hours on end, you need to be in the sun for 150 minutes. “The problem can appear in winter due to low levels of UV radiation and because people cover most of their bodies,” said lead study author María Antonia Serrano, Ph.D.

She also cautions that “the figures would change for those who are lighter or darker in complexion. It is also essential to bear in mind that we have considered the usual percentage of the body exposed for the season. If more skin is exposed, exposure time can be reduced.”

Solution? Even in winter, make time to get outside—and always lather up with a good sunscreen, since it can slow skin aging by as much as 24% if you use it every day.

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Sunbed Tanning Tips

Whether you’re a tanning newbie or just need a refresher on how to get the most out of your tan, you’re in the right place. We have assembled 11 essential tanning bed tips for you. First (if you haven’t already), talk with our Tanning Experts ® to determine your tanning skin type. Then we can help you with selecting the right sunbed, skin care products, session times and schedules.

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KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE

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TANS LITTLE OR NOT AT ALL

Burns easily and severely, then peels. People most often with fair skin, blue eyes, freckles, white unexposed skin.

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USUALLY BURNS EASILY AND SEVERELY

(Painful burn); tans minimally and lightly; also peels. People with fair skin, blue or hazel eyes, blonde or red hair, white unexposed skin.

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BURNS MODERATELY

Gains average tan. Average Caucasian, white unexposed skin.

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BURNS MINIMALLY

Tans easily and above average with each exposure. People with light brown skin, dark brown hair, dark eyes, white or light brown unexposed skin. (Asians, Hispanics and Mediterraneans)

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RARELY BURNS

Tans easily and substantially. Brown-skinned people, brown unexposed skin. (East Indians, Hispanics, etc.)

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TANS PROFUSELY AND NEVER BURNS

People with black skin. (Africans and African Americans, Australians and South Indian Aborigines)

*Fitzpatrick Classification Scale – Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD

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Before

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Prep Your Skin

1. It’s best to shower, shave and exfoliate a day or two before your tanning session. Exfoliating helps prepare your skin before you tan. If you don’t have time for a deep exfoliation, using a loofah, brush or bath puff during shower time works just fine.

2. Apply a non-oil-based light moisturizer right after you shower or bathe.

Check Your Prescriptions

3. Check the side effects of prescription medications. Some medications can increase skin sensitivity when exposed to UV rays.

What To Wear

4. Apply a lip balm with SPF protection. Many PBT locations carry lip balm with SPF. Check your salon for availability.

5. Remove your makeup, jewelry and avoid wearing heavy perfumes or essential oils.

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During

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The Naked Truth

6. Once you’re set up with a private and secure tanning room, disrobe to your level of comfort. If you choose to be nude, be sure to cover areas not typically exposed to the sun.

Use These Tanning Lotion Tips

7. Apply indoor tanning lotion evenly in a circular motion and over all areas of the body. Using the right skin care products is the best way to extend the life of your tan. PBT has bronzers and intensifiers specially formulated for indoor tanning. Note that lotions not made for indoor tanning can cause damage to tanning beds and don’t help develop your tan.

Protect Those Peepers

8. We want you to fully enjoy how good you look after tanning. That’s why we (politely) insist that you sport protective eyewear. After all, it’s required by law since UV rays can be harmful to eyes. We’re happy to provide protective goggles for all our clients.

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How to get a proper tan

After

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Wait for It…

9. All PBT locations have a 24-hour tanning policy. Because the tanning process doesn’t stop when you leave the sunbed, your skin needs downtime to properly develop color. As recommended by the FDA, a 24-hour resting period between sessions will allow you to maximize your color and skin care.

Keep Your Glow Longer

10. Using a tanning extender is the best way to ensure long-lasting results. PBT has an array of sunbed tanning products that hydrate skin and help keep you golden longer.

11. Maintain your perfect shade by tanning 1-3 times a week. Consult with the Tanning Experts ® for a personalized tan retention plan.

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Most people prize bronze skin, but not everyone wants to use tanning products that can leave marks or cause other undesired effects. It can be very difficult for someone with fair or light skin to get a nice-looking natural tan, but it can be done. The key is to limit your exposure to solar rays to reduce the risk of sun damage.

Put on sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before you go in the sun. Use sunscreen with SPF (sun protection factor) of around 15. This is to keep your skin from being overexposed while tanning.

Avoid tanning in the bright midday sun. If you do this, you’ll be more susceptible to burns.

Set an alarm of some sort for about 15 minutes and put a towel or blanket out in a sunny part of your yard. Lie down face up at first to tan the front of your body. You actually don’t need to do this in the yard. If you’re going to the beach, you can tan there.

Reset the timer for another 15 minutes after it sounds. It’s now time to flip over and get your back tanned as well. This will give you an even, natural tan.

Get out of the sun when the alarm sounds for the second time. Go inside and shower. If you have to continue to be outside, wear a higher-SPF sunblock. This is to not only protect your pale skin but the tan as well. An amazing tan can easily be ruined by overexposure to the sun because it will turn into a sunburn.

Repeat this process daily for a couple weeks. Even the lightest of skins should show a good natural tan after this time. After you’ve attained the desired results, repeat the steps only for maintenance a couple days a week. This isn’t the quickest or fastest way to get a tan, but when you have pale skin, you must take things gradually.

Keep bottled water with you to stay hydrated.

Getting a natural sun tan will also provide you with vitamin D.

Warning

Be careful while tanning. Staying in the sun for extended periods of time without sunblock can lead to sunburns and may make you susceptible to skin cancer.

While tanning, protect your eyes by keeping them closed or wearing some sort of protection.