How to get a good tan

4 June 2018

Ainsley Hunter

Summer is finally here! With the beautiful feeling of sunny days, is the constant worry about getting the right tan. For those of you who want to look stunning throughout summer, you must find a foolproof way of retaining your tan. The ideal tan should last up to the first few weeks of autumn. Trying to keep a summer glow in the midst of autumn might be a bit far-fetched even for the best of us!

An ideal tan is a beautiful golden-brown color that makes you look sun-kissed. A great healthy tan will also help you look slimmer and enhance your beach body. Apart from the outward signs of the sun on your skin, tanning helps boost serotonin levels in your body and keeps you happy for long periods of time. Apart from this, the Vitamin D your body soaks up is sure to make summer a joyous break for you.

Without further ado, let us look at a few ways that you can get a good tan this summer season.


Use SPF:

Many people live with the misconception that they can only get a tan if they allow their skin to burn. Sunscreen with SPF (Skin Protecting Factor) of minimum 30 to 45 is essential if you want to remain healthy. SPF does not affect the tan that you will get; instead, the SPF will slow the tan process for you and make it gradual so that your tan lasts longer.

Burning the skin is never a good idea. The harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun can cause severe skin damage like irritation, burning, rashes, sunburn, and acne. Excessive exposure to direct sunlight could also result in skin cancer and other skin issues. Always apply sunscreen lotion 15 to 20 minutes before going out.


Tan by the water:

Water reflects UV light of the sun thereby making you tan faster. Sun, sand, and snow all reflect UV rays. If you want a great and even tan, apply some sunscreen and lie under direct sunlight. Resting in the shade while there is a water body next to you will not help your tan. Sit or lie down in sunshine taking care to rotate from your back to your stomach every 30 minutes.

tan by the water

Use the right tanning products:

There are plenty of outdoor tanning lotions, tanning lotions, oils, creams, mousses, and gels that will help you achieve a great tan. While staying outdoors at the beach or by the pool, apply a tanning lotion for outdoor use. These tan-enhancers usually have some SPF in them, but if they don’t, use some sunscreen before slathering the product on your skin. Use the right tanning products according to the instructions on the bottle or tube. Evenly spread the product over the surface ensuring that you go light at the knuckles, elbows, and knees.

If you want to go natural while using tanning products, you could opt for coconut oil. Coconut oil moisturizes the skin while accelerating the tanning process. Direct sunlight can make your skin stretchy and dry. Use this oil to stay healthy, moisturize your skin, and get a great tan.

Careful, if you striuggle with acne tanning lotions can block your pores and cause serum buildup. Opt for using an acne face wash during your tanning time to ensure your pores are clear, even try warming your face up through steaming methods to clear pores.


Take supplements:

While there are plenty of tan accelerators available in the fake-tan market, opt for naturally maintaining your tan. The skin needs a good supply of melanin to get tanned naturally. Melanin is the protective dark pigment present in the skin. Opt for beta-carotene supplements on a daily basis. Beta-carotene will help boost the melanin in the skin and improve the UV fighting ability of your skin naturally. Doing this will help your skin tan faster, evenly, and healthily.


Eat right:

There are lots of foods available that can help boost your tanning abilities. You should start eating foods that stimulate the lycopene properties of the skin. Lycopene is what naturally repels and protects the skin from the UV rays of the sun. Antioxidants that are naturally occurring in tomatoes, tomato sauces, oranges, and vegetables will help your skin protect itself from the sun. Once your skin can fight the UV rays on its own, your tan will be even and longer lasting than earlier.

You can also switch to green tea which contains antioxidants called polyphenols. Another excellent example of ‘tan-friendly’ foods is fish. Fish is rich in omega 3 and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Skin looks great only when it is well maintained. Exfoliate before you tan in the sun, and drink lots of water to remain hydrated. Water is the skin’s best friend. Moisturize your skin as often as possible and avoid exfoliating after your tan.