It’s summertime and we hope you have only one worry on your mind: how to get the right tan! It’s surely an issue for those of you who want to look stunning the whole season and make it last at least through the first few weeks of autumn.
A golden -brown tan not only makes your skin look amazing, but also helps you look slimmer. In addition, lying in the sun boosts your serotonin levels and makes you happier, so there’s nothing like having a little fun at the beach and getting a fill of that famous vitamin D.
Before you slip into the bathing suit and put on those flip-flops, there are some things you should keep in mind, that will help turn tanning into an art. Here are our 8 tips and tricks to get your skin smooth and bronze and make you stand out from the crowd at the pool parties.
1. Always use protection
Before we talk about tanning, we have to get one thing straight: sunscreen is always mandatory. If you’re afraid it will prevent you from getting darker, think again. Your skin renews itself every ten days so the slower you tan, the longer it will last. Apply the lotion every 2 hours and after getting out of the water. You wouldn’t want to burn your skin, would you?
2. Exfoliate gently and regularly
Tanning is your skin reacting to the sun. Make sure you exfoliate regularly to avoid build up or to prevent the dead skin from blocking the rays. Forgetting to exfoliate will result in an uneven tan, which you certainly do not want. Scrub lightly so you don’t get all the color out, if you are already darker. If you’re looking for a natural scrub you can make your own and there are plenty of options to choose from: granulated sugar mixed with honey, coffee and olive oil or ground oatmeal chimed with a little bit of salt.
3. Moisturize before and after
A softer skin looks better tanned. Get your body moisturized the night before you plan to sunbathe and make it as silky as possible. Concentrate on the more problematic areas, the ones that dry the quickest, for they can cause an uneven tan. You can get a moisturizing sun lotion to kill two birds with one stone. Also, make sure you drink plenty of liquids to keep your body and skin hydrated all the while you’re tanning.
4. Move around
The last thing you want is to have different colors on you, so make sure you turn around to give all of your body access to the sun’s caresses. When tanning your front have your arms up and when you turn on your stomach keep your arms out as well. This way you expose even those parts that are harder to show off. Flip every 15 or 30 minutes. When you’re feeling drowsy curl up under an umbrella so you don’t fall asleep on one side.
5. Protect your eyes
Bright light on the optic nerve stimulates the hypothalamus gland, which produces melanin thus achieving a better tan. But your eyes can easily get burned as well, so the best thing to do is to wear a hat or keep them closed, instead of using sun glasses, while lying in the sun.
6. Go for the outdoors
Tanning beds being safer is only a myth. In fact it’s much healthier to get exposure from the sun. And that’s because with a tanning bed you get a higher concentration of UVA, as much as 12 times more. The UVA rays can penetrate your skin more deeply and cause more free radical damange n in the long run. So the sun remains the best and healthies choice for the perfect brown skin you’re aiming for.
7. Watch the time
Doctors recommend to avoid sun bathing between the hours 10 a.m and 4 p.m, even when it’s cloudy outside. The last thing you want is to get burned and damage your skin permanently. Keep in mind that once you burn it will not miraculously turn into a beautiful bronze. Red is definitely not your color and pain is not your game!
8. Shower after
Taking a bath or a shower, either hot or cold, is always a good idea after sitting in the sun, in order to remove all the lotion, oils or salt and sand from your skin to get it looking silky. Make sure you moisturize after or the bronze will become patchy and irregular. You may also use a cooling cream, so you can overcome any chance of burning. Any aloe vera based lotion is soothing and will calm your skin.
Now that you have the dos and don’ts, you’re ready to go out there and be kissed by the sun. Find yourself the perfect bathing suit, a good book or magazine, remember these tips and tricks and make sure to enjoy every minute of it!