Sun Tanning 101

Many people prefer getting their tan the natural way, achieving that sun-kissed look outdoors without doing significant damage to the skin. The best way to achieve that golden bronze look is being informed about how to prepare the skin and how different conditions can affect your tan. Before you grab your sun tanning lotion, sunglasses, and blanket to head outside, take advantage of some of these sun tanning tips and you will have an even, deep, dark tan that will really turn some heads.

Learning How to Sun Tan Safely
sun tanningThe most important thing to bring with you when tanning in the sun is the lotion and sunscreen. In order to protect your skin, just be sure the sunscreen you’re using is rated SPF 20+ or more. Before you plan on going out for tanning, try to avoid shaving the day before because the lotion you apply during the day can cause a rash and irritate the skin. Also you make sure to plan your day well so that you are not lying in the sun between 12pm – 4pm. This is when the sun will be at its strongest, and you increase the rate of burnt and tanning more unevenly. Furthermore you should wear some type of hat or covering over the top of your head to avoid the scalp from burning. If you are lying in the sun without any protection on the head, you run the risk of overheating too easily, possibly leading to dizziness, headaches, and even sun stroke.

How to Avoid Streaks and Blotches
Regardless the type of sun tan lotion you use, getting blotchy patches and streaks is a common occurrence after a day of sun tanning. Luckily, there is a way to reduce those uneven areas and create a more natural sun-kissed bronze glow to the skin. Take the time before you go tanning to apply a nice even coat of sun tan lotion. An increased amount of built-up cells along the skin can cause streaks too, so it is important you exfoliate those areas with a body and face scrub the night before. The scrub will glide over the skin and remove and cell debris without causing irritation. It is recommended that the day just before you plan to go tanning, scrub your skin carefully in the shower with a loofah. Once the skin has been exfoliated, mix your sun tan lotion with body moisturizer before applying evenly to the skin. As a result, the skin will retain moisture and tan more evenly.

Difference between Sun and Indoor Tanning
The biggest difference between sun and indoor tanning is control. When you utilize tanning beds, you get to control the type and amount of UV the skin is being exposed to. When sun tanning, you have no control over the UV as well as many other elements. Indoor tanning gives you complete control over many elements that you are at the mercy of when tanning outdoors. With tanning outdoors, you have zero control of the season, your location, sudden weather changes, and are at risk of burning the skin because you are being exposed to a different type of UV light. Some days you may achieve that dark glow, while other days the skin is burnt and peeling. You eliminate this sporadic process when tanning indoors because you can control all the elements. Utilizing the right nourishing and preventative skin care products while tanning indoors will help give you even more control over the tan that you ultimately get.

Many people prefer outdoor tanning because they enjoy being able to kick back and relax in the sun. While you give up some control when you leave your tanning to the elements, you do have the opportunity to make the best of it when you follow just a few of these sun tanning tips we discussed. Staying out of the sun at the hottest time of the day, preparing the skin the night before, and protecting your head from heat exhaustion, all can help you get that natural deep-dark tan that you crave, while protecting your skin and body at the same time. Exfoliating and moisturizing your skin the night before sun tanning can have dramatic positive effects on your tanning efforts. The better you take care of your skin before and during sun tanning, the more even and glowing your tan will look.

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