The Ultimate Sun Tanning Guide for Beginners

Every lady likes the look of a bronzed complexion.

Most of us love to soak in the sun rays, while others seek their golden glow via a fake tan or tanning beds.

The Ultimate Sun Tanning Guide

However, if you are on the lookout for the right way to tan, this article will provide you with all the instructions, and will let you enjoy your sun-kissed glow, risk-free!

Say goodbye to artificial ways of creating some color, and enjoy a vitamin D melanin complexion the natural way.

Top 10 Rules To Achieve A Healthy Tan

Follow these 10 rules and you’re golden (sorry!)…

1. Exfoliate Your Skin

Your tan will stick to your skin the best as long as it is cleansed, hydrated, and exfoliated.

By exfoliating your skin you are actually removing any dead skin cells from the upper layer of your skin.

Once you do this your pores will open and push out any dirt, oils, and debris that can get stuck in your outer and inner layers.

The right way to exfoliate can be with an inexpensive body & face scrub, or even sugar and salt paste.

These exfoliants can be found at any mall, or drugstore, or you can even DIY them at home.

Make sure you prep your skin the right way and remember- the less the build-up the clearer your skin will appear, and the faster it will tan.

2. Use The Right Sunscreen

Although you’ve probably been advised once or twice in your lifetime to skip on a sunscreen in order to get some color you should know that this advice is false.

You can still tan underneath the SPF.

However, the higher the SPF number, the better protection you’ll receive.

Some scientists believe that the ideal SPF should be 30 and that you need to apply 2 milligrams per square centimeter all over your body.

Although it is a lot of math to think about, it is really important to layer and layer sunscreen over your entire body if you want to avoid sunburns.

3. Get Your Timing Right

Apply your SPF 15-30 minutes before going into the water or before going in for your tanning session.

Reapply the sunscreen every here and there but only if you’ve been sweating a lot, or if you’ve been swimming.

Enjoy the sun gradually and don’t overexpose to a lot of UV rays.

Divide your tanning time into sections and spend up to 20 minutes per one session max, then enjoy some shade.

Spending a whole day in the sun is not a good idea since you will be left with red marks all over your body.

Also, make sure you are not overexposed from 10 am to 4 pm since this period can be harmful to your skin.

4. Further Protection

Although you’ve protected your skin you also need to think about your eyelids and the top of your head.

This is why it is really important to wear a pair of sunglasses, along with a hat.  Straw hats are good in the sun as they’re light and airy.

You should have sunglasses that feature a UV absorption up to 400 nm.

Some experts believe that the right pair of sunglasses will block 99% of UV rays.

Make sure your glasses have a larger frame and that they feature a sturdier glass since this way they won’t move a lot or fall off at any moment.

However, don’t keep them on for too long since you don’t want to create that ugly and uneven sunglass tan.

Hat-wise, you can go for a large straw hat or a three-inch-long baseball cap that will protect your forehead.

5. Lips & Hair

Don’t forget to keep your lips & hair protected, as well as moisturized at all costs.

High heat just as much as the low temperature can make your lips chapped, cracked, and burnt.

Keep them smooth and shiny with a lip balm that features an SPF.

Hair-wise, protect your scalp along with your hair strains with the right products.

You can purchase any keratin-based hair styling cream or a hair-protecting mask that can restore moisture and keep your hair protected from the UV rays.

Make sure that your mask features an SPF, and that is sulfate and paraben-free.

6. Don’t Stay Out For Too Long

Your skin will reach its full tanning potential at one point.

This will happen once it can’t produce any more melanin (which is a tanning pigment), which is why you should never stay outside for too long.

Everyone’s melanin production is different, but for most women, the melanin production will stop or slow down after spending up to 2-3 hours per day at the beach.

Women with fair or sensitive skin should spend a lot less time at the beach since they can’t be exposed to a lot of UV rays.

7. For A Natural Tan Avoid Tan Creams And Reach For Supplements

The well-known tan boosting or accelerating creams are a big no-no if you want a natural tan.

No product that you apply topically on your skin will boost your melanin production because it is your body’s own natural dark and protective pigment.

Stay away from these creams or sprays and only purchase the one with an SPF.

However, what you can do is reach for supplements, such as beta-carotene, or you can go for any other solution which has been recommended to you by a doctor, food nutritionist, or pharmacist.

8. Food And Water

Researchers have shown that some foods can increase lycopene, which can help your skin with its own protection level and melanin production.

You should try to eat as many tomatoes, grapes, and any red or orange fruits & vegetables since these contain the right antioxidant for your body.

Try juicing some leafy greens.

Besides these foods, you can also reach for fish, tea, sushi, dark chocolate, and caffeine. You can take an espresso shot moments before you hit the beach.

However, once you get to the beach, make sure you drink a lot of water.

Water will boost your hydration level and will keep your skin looking glowy and healthy, which is exactly what you need while tanning.

9. Moisturize

Now, once you seal the deal with your tan and you are happy with the complexion you should moisturize your body.

When you get back to your room reach for shea butter or any oil-based cream or body lotion.

These products smell great, and they will never leave your body feeling dry.

You can reapply the cream every 2-3 hours, or even more or less often than this, it is entirely based on your preference.

Just make sure you avoid peeling off the skin since this way your tan will fade.

10. Hot Showers Are A No

An over-excessive amount of steam, high heat, or long baths & showers will kill off your tan.

These are not a good idea since they can dehydrate your skin, leaving it dry, easier to peel, and prone to any mild irritations.

Instead, turn on cool or lukewarm water and enjoy quick showers.

You should also use only shower oils and any natural products when taking a bath since these are the safest kind for your body.

Wrapping It Up

So there you go: the TCW Sun Tan Guide.  For a natural, healthy tan, follow these ten steps and you’ll have a safe, healthy glow in no time.

Although we’ve cautioned against tan creams and accelerators for natural tanning, we do appreciate that not everyone who wants a tan can get to the beach.  So for those of you into indoor tanning, check out our guide to the best indoor tanning lotions here.  Just be sure to use sufficient sunscreen to protect yourself, and be sure to follow the advice above!

Have you been in the sun too long?  If so, follow our sun burn aftercare guide here for a quick recovery.  You should also follow this advice if you’ve had a bad experience with tingle tanning lotions.

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