6 tips for getting the best sun tan

With a little knowledge and forethought, you can overcome any obstacles, and get that tan you're looking for

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.

#Always use protection

Sunscreen is mandatory to anyone thinking about tanning. To those thinking that a sunscreen prevents getting darker, it is important to consider that your skin renews itself in about ten tens and therefore the slower the tan, the higher the probability of a long last. It is advisable to apply your lotion after every two hours during tanning or immediately after getting out of the water. These precautions avoid the burning of your skin.

#Get the Right Tanning Time

Take note that your skin has a tanning cut-off point. That’s when your skin stops producing melanin, which is the tanning pigment. For an even overall tan, ideally, you should lay on your back for only about 20-30 minutes. After, go ahead and lay on your stomach for an additional 20-30 minutes. Make sure you don’t go beyond these times. This will ensure that you don’t get a nasty sunburn, or worse, the risk of UV damage.

#Protect your eyes

They can be burned, too. For tanning, though, it's better to either wear a hat or just keep your eyes closed rather than wear sunglasses. Bright light on your optic nerve stimulates the hypothalamus gland, which in turn causes the production of melanin, thus achieving a deeper tan

#Seek the Shade

In order to get that tan, you don’t have to stay under the sun for the entire day. According to Dr. Frank Schwanke, the head of suncare R&D for Beiersdorf, “Taking breaks from the sun will reduce UV intensity and your sunburn risk and means your tan will be healthier and longer lasting.” Remember, it’s very important that you pay close attention to the tips mentioned above. Because sunbathing done the wrong way will definitely cause damage. For example, when staying out under the song for too long, you might get dehydrated. If you don’t watch out, your blood pressure might drop significantly, enough to make you collapse. This is called a heat stroke.


Make sure you drink plenty of water. Jump in the pool to cool yourself down now and then, too. Don't worry, this will not harm your tanning in the least. Don't forget to re-apply your sun screen afterwards.

#After you tan, moisturize

Use an aloe-based skin lotion to sooth and moisturize your skin. It will help keep your skin healthy and will prevent it from becoming flaky and dry from the sun.


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6 tips for getting the best sun tan
With a little knowledge and forethought, you can overcome any obstacles, and get that tan you're looking for
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