The Ultimate Guide To A Perfect Tan
- Hydrate – Sun and heat can quickly lead to dehydration. Make sure you drink water while you tan. Drink at least 8 to 16 ounces of water for every hour you’re outdoors.
- Listen to your body – Dizziness, headaches, lethargy, and skin that feels tingly, itchy, or painful mean that you’ve overdone it. If you have any of these symptoms, get out of the sun immediately, and reduce the amount of time you sunbathe.
- If you burn, apply aloe vera gel immediately – If you do end up with a sunburn, apply aloe vera gel immediately, and keep applying it several times a day until the burn is totally gone. This will help your burn heal more quickly and soothe pain and itching.
5.Care and Maintenance of Your Perfect Tan
- After sunbathing, shower and apply moisturizer – It’s important to shower, or at the very least rinse, after sunbathing. Sweat, sun tan lotion, and dirt that collect on the skin can cause clogged pores and blemishes. Sunbathing also dries out the skin and a lukewarm or cool shower, followed by patting the skin dry and applying lotion, will seal in moisture.
- Moisturize at least twice a day – Moist skin is healthy skin. Dry skin actually deflects the sun’s rays, making it harder to tan, so slather on the lotion!
- Exfoliate at least three times a week – Exfoliation sloughs away dead skin cells, improving the texture of your skin and ensuring that your tan will look smooth and shiny, rather than rough and dirty.
- Once you’ve reached the depth of tan you prefer, decrease your sunbathing to two or three times a week to maintain the color – Too much of a good thing is simply too much. If you continue to sunbathe as often and for as long as you did to build up your color, you’ll end up looking like a leather purse.
- If you want your tan to extend beyond the sunbathing season in your area, maintain it by using a tanning bed a couple of times a week – In most areas of the world, year ‘round sun tanning outdoors is not an option. Unless you are lucky enough to live in a tropical climate, your tan will begin to fade away as the seasons change and weather cools off. The good news is that if you’ve established a great tan during the summer, a couple of weekly trips to a tanning bed will maintain your natural tan all year long.
By utilizing these tips and tricks you can get the tan you’ve been dreaming of, and you’ll be able to maintain it all year ‘round if you choose to do so.
Remember that the keys to having a great looking tan include starting slowly, not overdoing it, never letting yourself burn, and caring for your skin with regular exfoliation and moisturizing.
This will keep your skin healthy and will help to ensure that your beautifully bronzed skin looks its best.