How to get tan fast without getting sunburned
How to Get a Nice Tan
There are a variety of ways to tan. Tanning in the sun can give you the cheapest, most natural, and most even tan, but you must be careful to protect your skin from overexposure to UV rays. Tanning beds simulate the experience of tanning outside by flooding your body with concentrated UV rays. These may give you a nice tan, but they've been shown to increase your risk of developing cancer. Fake-tan products are relatively safe in that they limit your exposure to UV rays, but the shade may not look as natural as a sun-bronzed look. Fake tans will not last as long as UV tans, and you may have to take precautions against the product wearing off in patches.
Tanning in the Sun
Consider simply lying out in direct sunlight.Tanning naturally is safer than tanning beds, and it will give you the most natural results.
Find a way to pass the time.Sleeping is good because it causes the time to pass faster, while reading a book blocks some of the sunlight while on your back. Carefully time a nap, say an hour to an hour and a half, and set an alarm to wake up after that time has passed. Then, turn over to the other side and fall back asleep. You can potentially repeat this process until you have reached the tan you want.
- If you are in a public area while using this method, always make sure to be in a safe environment. Ideally, keep someone near you that you know, who can protect you while you're alone and unconscious. Try not to sleep with music playing in ear-buds or headphones, because if anything happens to your belongings or body while asleep, you want to be able to hear it.
Optimize your tanning time.Lie out between the hours of 10 a.m- 2 p.m, as this is the time of day when the sun is the most intense. Consider lying out when the weather is partly cloudy. This can make for a more powerful tan when the sun reflects off the clouds in the sky, intensifying the amount of sun rays your body receives. Try lying out in or around water. Water is another natural intensifier.
Always tan safely to avoid sunburn and permanent skin damage.You must always use sunscreen when tanning, no matter where you are. Apply your suntan lotion 30 minutes prior to going out into the sun so that it can soak into your skin. Re-apply lotion in the shade every hour, and don't just touch it up. Do it all properly again. Make sure you stay in the shade for 10 minutes for every hour that you spend in the sun.
- If you are using the napping method, use no lower than 20-30 SPF sunscreen for any sleeping time under an hour, and use no lower than 40-50 SPF sunscreen when sleeping for longer than an hour. Re-apply sunscreen between naps. Sun damage is a very real thing, and it happens whether you see it or not.
- Also remember to apply sunscreen every time you exit water. Even though some sunscreens claim they are waterproof, they can easily wear off. Try to apply when dry to make sure that the lotion sticks.
- Drink a lot of water so you don't dehydrate.
Consider using tanning oil.You can find it near the sunscreen section of many drugstores and grocery stores. Be careful when using tanning oil, because it can work quickly. It's better to get a base tan and build from there, than to get burned by the sun. Don't use a heavy cream, as it will clog pores and be sticky.
Get an even tan.Contrary to popular belief, lying still for long periods of time will actually make you burn faster. Being active and moving allows for the sun to not be concentrated on to one area for long periods of time. The easiest way to get an even tan while staying active is to flip from your stomach to your back and vice versa, every 5-10 minutes.
- Try to get an even tan by making sure no part of your body is in the shade so you don't get any funny white marks on you.
- Remember to turn over to get your back as well as your front, as it needs just as much color. You will also need to turn on your sides so you can tan the sides of your legs, hips, waist.
- Wear strapless bikinis or tops to avoid strap marks. Consider tanning topless.
Using a Tanning Bed
Consider tanning indoors if you can't tan in the sun.This is similar to outdoor tanning, but it may be a more preferable option in the colder months. It's best to start out tanning for short periods of times (less than ten minutes) because the UV rays are closer than the sun, and they can burn you much more quickly.
- Like sunbathing, you still need to stay active in a tanning bed. The best way to do this is to frequently lift your rear, legs, and shoulders off of the bed for about thirty seconds each.
Invest in a tanning package and lotion.Make sure to use an indoor tanning lotion, not an outdoor lotion. Many salons carry good options at varying price ranges. It will be pretty expensive, but it's cheaper to buy a bottle of lotion than individual packets each time.
Visit a salon and sign up for a tanning bed.Choose your package based on how much you plan on tanning. Take advantage of any student, new client, or seasonal discounts.
- It is best to tan nude, if you are comfortable doing that. If you're not comfortable tanning nude, wear undergarments that don't leave undesirable tanning lines.
- Stand-up tanning is more sanitary, but tanning beds are also cleaned between each use, so it's fine either way.
Be patient.Start with a short time, 5-7 minutes, just to find out how your skin handles the tanning. Up your time gradually after the first tanning session.
Consider your health.Tanning beds can significantly increase your risk of develop cancer. Carefully weigh the risks and the benefits before you step into the sunbed. Tanning beds are especially hazardous to young people. People who use sunbeds before age 30 increase their lifetime risk of melanoma.
- If you absolutely must use a tanning bed, use it as little as possible, and consider using sunscreen.
- Consider tanning in the sun instead, if you must tan at all. Consider using fake-tan products to limit your exposure to UV rays.
Using Fake-Tan Products
Consider getting an artificial tan.Types of artificial tans include spray tans, self-tanners, and bronzers. These are good options if you only need to be tan for a few days, or if you have very sensitive skin that easily burns. You can receive spray tans at the same tanning salons that you would visit for indoor tanning beds, and you can buy various self-tanners and bronzers at any drugstore.
- Read reviews on the product before you buy. Some products will make you look more orange than tan.
- Gradual tanners typically work better because it gradually darkens your skin slowly and you can stop at whatever shade you're most comfortable with. If you are going for the spray tan, a professional will help you pick the perfect shade to match the look you want to the skin tone you already have.
Prepare your skin.It's always a good idea to prep your skin before tanning, as prepared skin will look healthy and radiant and not dull and dry. Be sure to exfoliate the night before your tan with a loofah in the shower, moving in circular motions to get rid of any dead surface skin as tan will sit on the outer layer of the skin. It's also best to moisturize your whole body once you have exfoliated, as this will keep your skin nourished and silky smooth for the following day.
- Try to avoid exfoliating with grainy and gritty products, as this may cause tiny abrasions on the skin. The tan may seep into these abrasions, leaving you with an unprofessional finish.
- Once you are tanned, it's a good idea to gently exfoliate every day with a loofah to help the tan to fade evenly over the course of the week. The tan will fade away from certain areas of your skin faster than other places, and you don't want to leave your skin looking patchy and uneven when the tan begins to fade. Exfoliating your body daily will also help if you decide you want to maintain your tan. You can reapply over the course of the week and never be without your tan again.
Find the right shade.If you are thinking of applying your own fake tanning products, its best to shop around and find one that is going to be the right shade for you. Tan generally comes in three shades: light, medium and dark. Some have slightly more bronze tones, and some have a shimmery effect which reflects light and gives you a glow.
- If you have fair skin it's probably best for you to use a more natural looking tanning product–one that is made for fair skin, so that the tan looks more subtle–unless you are looking for a noticeably dark result.
- If you have medium skin you can use a tanning product for either fair skin or medium, olive skin.
- If you have dark skin and want the tan to really show up, it's best to use a dark tanning product so that it really makes a difference.
Find a product that's easy to apply.Aside from choosing the right tone, its also important that you find a tanning product that's easy to apply, especially if this is your first time tanning and you don't have the assistance of another. Remember to always wear a tanning mitt when applying fake tan, otherwise the solution will stain your hands orange. It won't be easy to remove without ruining the rest of your gorgeous tan.
Use a fine spray-mist tan.This is the most common type of self-tan product that you will find in drugstore or beauty shops, and it is generally regarded as the easiest to apply solo.
Use tanning lotion.Lotions tend to go on just as any other lotion would. However, reaching your own back and spreading the tan over other areas evenly can be more difficult.
Try using a mousse tan product.Mousse tans can be quite hard to apply, depending on your experience with self-tanning products, as they dry very quickly. This is great if you're a pro and you want to go about your daily business while the tan develops on your skin, but not so great if you need the extra time to spread it onto your skin evenly.
Consider using tan wipes.These are relatively easy to use, however this method is most likely to stain your fingers, as wipes are much harder to hold with a tanning mitt on your hand. You will also probably need quite a few packets of these wipes. They are generally sold in singles and one won't be enough to give your entire body the two coats to really show up your tan.
- Generally, you should apply one coat, allow that to dry, and apply a second coat for a higher intensity and a deeper tan. Allow it to develop for 3-24 hours before taking a shower in lukewarm water.
- Wearing old black or dark-colored clothes is best, as any excess tan may rub off and stain light-colored clothes. Avoid rinsing with any soaps or shower gels, as the ingredients in these products can break down the tan.
- After your shower, try to avoid any moisturizers that contain oil, as they can break down the tan and cause it to fade rapidly.
Consider getting an instant tan.These products are pretty much just body make-up, and they wash off completely after you take a shower. You should always apply these while dry. Instant tan is a great alternative if you only want to look tan for one day or for a specific event before you need to wear any clothing, as they will stain your clothes.
- You can also find tan products with bronzers and shimmer. If you want to appear extra dark immediately after tanning with the help of a cosmetic bronzer, look for a bronzer lotion rather than an intensifier, or "pure" lotion.
Consider using a tan extender after tanning.This is like a moisturizer, except with special ingredients to preserve, protect, and extend the life of your tan. These extenders usually lack certain ingredients that will strip your color, such as sulfate. Use a tan-extending body wash in the shower, as well, for the same reason, and then use the tan extender after your shower.
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