Tips on how to get the perfect tan this summer - Alpha Male Nation
When the cold season vanishes away making room for warm and sunny days, one of the things that come to one’s mind is getting that perfect tan. A tanned skin is attractive and matches all the colorful outfits designed for summer.
Now, even if you spend a lot of time on the beach, you still might not get that perfect tan you see on magazine covers. Well, there are a few tips to keep in mind before and during exposure to sun. Once you follow them, you can be sure to get that irresistible perfect tan safely.
Get your skin ready for tan
The first step to take in achieving a perfect tan is to get it ready for the process. This means exfoliating it before exposing yourself to sun. Use a face and body scrub to remove dead skin cells. The new layer won’t peel so soon and thus your tan will last longer. Keep in mind that sunscreen protection is a must no matter if you exfoliate your skin before tanning or not. If you do exfoliate it and you don’t use sunscreen protection, there are greater chances for you to get sun burnt.
Protect your skin
Choosing the sunscreen protection wisely is the second step in getting a safe and perfect tan. There are two types of protection products: sunscreen and sunblock. Whereas sunscreen prevents the sun-rays from damaging your skin, filters the UVs and allows your skin to get tanned, the sunblock literally blocks the rays from penetrating your skin, which means you won’t get a tan. Go for a quality sunscreen product and you will enjoy the tan you want safely.
Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours
So, you’ve exfoliated your skin, got yourself a quality sunscreen product and you’re about to hit the way to the beach. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure. This way, it will fully absorb into your skin. Reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours and immediately after you took a bath. The same goes for those of you who sweat a lot.
Accessories are out of your tan outfit options if you want a perfect tan. Keep your shorts on and remove other accessories. This way you will avoid getting tan lines.
I know we’d all like to sunbathe for a couple of hours and get dark. Well, it doesn’t work like that. By contrary such an attitude will affect your health and the sunburn you’ll get will make you want tan no more. So, don’t be greedy about your tan. Start with short time exposures of 2 hours or so. It takes a few days for your skin to get tanned. You can then gradually increase your time exposures but moderation is the key to a safe tan.
Besides gradual sun exposure and the use of a quality sunscreen product, you also need to take the following into consideration:
- Don’t expose during peak hours. Do that in the morning and afternoon.
- If you do expose yourself during those hours, try to cover yourself up with light colored clothing. Wear a hat if your hair is very short or you’re bald. If hats are not among your options, use shampoos and conditioners that come with SPF or use sunscreen for your scalp.
- Apply sunscreen to all of your body and don’t forget about those hard to reach spots like the back of your neck. It takes little to get sun burnt you know.
Keep your tan longer
Applying a moisturizer after sun exposure is very important in maintaining your tan. Keeping your skin moisturized means your skin won’t peel soon and thus your tan will last longer. If your skin is not hydrated, it will dry and peel off and the tan will go once with it.
Self tanning lotions
If you don’t have the chance to go out there and get some tan, there are some other options for your skin to get darker. One of them is using self tanning lotions. They come in a high number these days. Make sure you go for quality ones and follow the tips below in order to avoid tan lines or white spots.
Just like in the case of sun exposure, you need to exfoliate your body first. Mix your self tanning lotion with a moisturizer and apply it to your body. Get a friend to help you with your back. Some such products come with precise instructions. Follow them in order to get a perfect tan.
You can also go for tan spray. This one particular method is more and more popular. The thing is you need a spray tan expert to do that for you otherwise it might get a bit messy and uneven.
One other way to get your skin tanned without exposure to sun is the now very popular sun bed. The great thing is you can keep your skin tanned no matter the time of the year if you go for this option. Moderation is the key here as well.
Since sun beds emit strong UV rays, you should limit your time in a sun bed to 5-10 minutes once or twice a week. That should do to get your skin ready for summer or maintain the tan you’ve got during your vacation. Make sure you get goggles to protect your eyes.
Follow the tips we’ve mentioned above and you will get a perfect tan and no sunburn.