How to Get the Perfect Tan This Summer - Alpha Male Nation
Do you often dream of having that perfect tan which all your favourite celebrities are sporting all year round? Do you want to avoid ending up with flaky and red skin instead of a uniform bronze? Maybe you don’t even like lounging in the sun that much, but still want to add a nice glowing bronze to your look? If you’ve ever found yourself pondering over one of these questions, then read further along these simple advice and find out how you too can get the perfect tan this summer.
We all know that looking beautiful requires a lot of time and effort nowadays, especially during the summertime, when we don’t have the luxury of ‘hiding’ behind clothes or that much make-up anymore. Consequently, one major aspect of this flawless appearance is connected to our skin, particularly whether or not it has that attractive, tanned glow that makes both men and women look simply stunning.
Luckily, there are numerous methods of achieving that supermodel bronzy glow, from natural sun tanning to products that can be easily applied indoors. Nevertheless, your skin will need some sort of preparation and maintenance no matter the way in which you choose to obtain your tan, so as to both gain and keep your skin’s beautiful pigment for a long time afterwards.
As a result, in order to help you out this summer, we have listed below the most important forms of tanning, as well as how to take care of yourself and your skin during this process:
This method of tanning is the most widespread and easy form of achieving that natural shade of glowing brown, especially if you are living in a warm and sunny environment or are about to go on vacation in one such place. Even so, you should be very careful when exposing yourself directly to the sun, since you can easily end up with a variety of seriously damaging skin problems. Some of these include the inconvenient crisp and ‘scaly’ aspect of your skin, sun spots, premature aging and sagging of the skin, painful sunburns, and even cancer.
Thus, take into consideration the following 10 steps designed to maximize both your summer skin care and tanning goals:
- Exfoliate away – if you want to get that perfect and glowing summer skin, then you most definitely have to get rid of the old one. As a result, exfoliating is a great way of making sure your newly acquired tan will form at a deep level of the skin, thus lasting longer. In addition, you will reduce dryness (by stimulating the skin cells) and avoid the occurrence of peeling after tanning. It just so happens that the current beauty market abounds in exfoliating products; if you want to go more organic, then you can easily search for recipes for homemade exfoliants, such as those made from coffee grounds or brown sugar.
- Shave in advance – in fact, it doesn’t really matter whether you choose to shave, wax or use an epilator – when you eliminate all those unsightly body hairs, you also take off some of the superficial layers existent at the very surface of your skin. This means your skin is going to be more sensitive – think of it as a low-scale type of exfoliation – so it is best you take care of this process 24-48 hours before exposing yourself in the sun, to avoid irritation and other potential forms of skin damage.
- Moisturize thoroughly – in order for your skin to properly get tanned, it needs to be adequately moisturized. By maintaining a normal degree of hydration at the epithelial level, you are ensuring that your skin is not in danger of peeling off prematurely (thus losing all your hardly ‘earned’ summer glow). Moisturizing should be a continuous process (meaning before, while, and after the actual tanning process), using products you already know agree with your skin type and preferences. In addition, pay close attention to areas such as your elbows, wrists, hands, knees, ankles, and feet, which need that bit of extra moisturizing care in order to obtain a healthy and natural bronze.
- Sunscreen is your friend – when planning to soak up the sun this summer, your number one priority should be getting a good quality sunscreen. Don’t try and cheat by ‘cramming’ a few week’s worth of sun in just a few days by skipping regular sunscreen application – not only are you not going to achieve a perfect tan (because you will most likely get a burned aspect rather than a radiating glow), but you are also exposing yourself to serious health problems such as sunstroke and cancer. Additionally, since your skin cells renew each 10 days, it is best to aim for a slow tanning process rather than an accelerated one. Therefore, use a sunscreen with an appropriate Sun Protection Factor (SPF) for your skin type; for example, people who are paler should aim for higher SPF during the first days of sun exposure so as to avoid skin burning. Sunscreens vary in SPF number (usually from 10 to 50), so you shouldn’t have problems finding the one that suits your particular complexion.
- Apply, re-apply, repeat – covering yourself in a decent layer of sunscreen just once is not enough. Bathing in the ocean or sea can seriously reduce the SPF protection already existent on your skin by either washing the sunscreen off or reflecting the sunrays (thus intensifying your skin’s exposure levels). Even if your selected sunscreen has the mention ‘waterproof’ on it, it’s always better to be on the safe side when it comes to skin protection. So don’t shy away from using as much product as you deem necessary, especially if you are planning on spending a few hours in the sun or, more importantly, having some fun in the water.
- Soak up the sun in moderation – even though we all want to get that radiant summer glow as soon as possible, it’s advisable (and considerably safer) to achieve it gradually. As a consequence, you should start by spending about 15 minutes under the sun, then increasing this duration by 5 minutes each day. This will lead to a uniform, clear, and overall healthy tan. More importantly, you should stay in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. because this is the time slot when the sun can cause the most damage to your skin. Don’t be fooled by the clouds either! UV light can pass through them, so wear sunscreen even when the skies aren’t all that clear too.
- Switch positions – admittedly, it’s very easy to lose track of time or even fall asleep when lounging under the warm sunlight. All the same, you should have someone around to remind you to move your body around every 15 or 30 minutes in order to get a uniform tan. Also, try to keep your arms around your body when tanning on both sides (back and front), then lay on your side with your arms slightly raised to cover all the areas where the sun wouldn’t normally reach.
- Protection is key – if your skin is already cared for by using sunscreen, the rest of you probably is not, which can quickly become an issue. Cover your eyes with sunglasses to avoid eye damage, since direct sunlight can severely affect the health of your eyesight (especially when reflected by bodies of water). In addition, cover with a good hat or scarf to avoid headaches, migraines or even sunstroke. If these options do not appeal to you, try taking a few sun tanning ‘breaks’ under the shade of an umbrella, for example, so as to reduce the risk of sun damage.
- Hit the shower – taking a shower or bath after an outdoor tanning session can help you clear away any excessive sunscreen, sand, salt or oil that might still exist on your skin. It can be either hot or cold, depending on your preferences and skin tolerance. Since you might feel a slight discomfort after spending some time under the sun, moisturize generously and apply a cooling cream or gel if needed to avoid any skin discoloration or peeling. It is recommended that you look for products that include Aloe Vera in their composition, since this is a naturally soothing ingredient.
- Keep it there – now that you have taken all the necessary steps in obtaining the perfect summer bronze, it’s time to make sure it stays on for as long as possible. Again, make a habit out of moisturizing daily and drinking lots of water in order to keep your skin cells healthy and ‘happy’. Furthermore, try to avoid any form of harsh exfoliation or waxing because you risk both taking off some layers of tanned skin and developing rashes or irritations.
What can you do if you want to get a glowing bronze this summer, but spending endless hours out in direct sunlight isn’t exactly your idea of a good time? Luckily, there are a number of options to become tanner which don’t involve the outdoor experience. Bear in mind that, like with outdoor tanning, these too require proper skin exfoliation beforehand, moisturizing, regular hydration, and avoiding any sort of waxing after the specific product has been applied. Thus, there are a number of options for indoor tanning:
- Salons – though some of the risks regarding skin damage are comparable to direct UV exposure, the advantage of tanning salons is that it is a much more controlled environment. Thus, you can decide how much time you want to spend in a tanning bed, at which tanning ‘power’, and when to repeat this process. Moreover, you can even use one or two tanning salon sessions as a means of preparation for going under direct sunlight (so as to avoid sunburn in the first few days of exposure).
- Spray tanning – is a widespread form of sunless tanning. It works by using a substance called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which acts as a tanner on your skin and which usually lasts up to 3-7 days. The advantage is that you can either visit a salon (where they generally use an airbrush gun) or try it at home, using products specifically designed for this type of tanning.
- Self-tanning – this form of sunless tanning can be done either by using sprays (as mentioned above) or by applying various creams, gels, and lotions. These all work by using an active ingredient that helps pigment the skin on the surface, at the same time highly moisturizing it. What is more, self-tanning allows you to get that glowing bronze from the comfort of your own home and with minimal damage to the skin (since you don’t have to go near UV sunlight).
As you can see, there are a great number of ways to get the perfect summer tan and just as many ways to keep it there for longer periods of time. From soaking up the sun’s natural light to getting your bronzed tone without even hitting the beach, these methods of tanning are guaranteed to make you look amazing and feel equally as attractive.
Just remember to follow all these steps in the order they have been presented, since this is a ‘tested and approved’ method of acquiring that bronzed glow everybody’s been talking about lately. In addition, always remember it takes time in order to achieve something great, so don’t try to skip over any of these steps – in the end, you and your skin (for that matter) will be the only ones to suffer repercussions. Looking envy-worthy is something to strive for, but never at the expense of your personal comfort or, more importantly, your health.
In conclusion, the most important advice that you can follow is to do all things gradually and in moderation, always keeping in mind your skin’s health alongside its bronzed aspect. Take it easy, take it seriously, and take care of yourself adequately. Thus, by pairing your determination with the suggestions detailed above, you too can amaze everyone with the most perfect tan this summer can give you!