How to Get the Perfect Suntan


A suntan always makes a girl look sexier and chicer. Starting from the previous century, the tendency of having tanned skin has pushed its way into fashion and firmly keeps its honorable place today. It is sexy to have a natural suntan. Your look changes, your makeup sits another way on you, and you seem to be a different person. This change is fun to experience every year.

How to Get the Perfect Suntan

However, there are negative impacts to having a natural suntan. Staying in the sun for too long can cause skin cancer to develop. Too much sun can also lead to early aging and wrinkles.  So, you must be careful. If you want to benefit from the suntan, use the correct techniques and time to minimize the negative impact of the sun.

If you want to have a natural suntan, never go to the beach during peak hours. Either spend several hours in the morning or choose a time when the sun is more hidden, preferably in the evening around 5 o’clock.

Always consider the unique qualities of your skin. If you easily get suntanned, then do not spend much time lying in the sun. You should also limit the time you spend lying in the same position. Always make sure to change your position every 7-15 minutes, depending on the weather.

Always take preparatory actions before sunbathing. Exfoliate your skin using a skin cleanser and a sponge to remove dead skin cells. In order to get the perfect tan, moisturize your skin well before going for any type of tanning product.

It’s important to pick the right tanning product for flawless results. Never use baby oil. Oil, in general, should never be applied prior to suntanning, since it speeds up the process of being burned. With the oil on your skin, the ultraviolet rays will be focused and magnified on your skin, which is by all means not healthy for anyone.

Choose between a tanning lotion or a cream. Both will help you get a natural, beautiful tan without any harmful exposure to the sun. Never use too much of the product, however.

How to Get the Perfect Suntan in 3 Easy Steps

There’s no better way to get a deeply gorgeous glow than with a suntan. It’s also a great way to change up your look every year and experiment with dewy peaches and tangerines, and what could be more glam than gold or silver on bronzed skin?

But too much time spent in the sun when you don’t know of to protect your skin with SPF sunscreen can be detrimental to your health. We take a look at what you need to know to get the perfect suntan while making sure that you stay safe.


Step 1: Pick an SPF that’s right for you

You need sunscreen to protect you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays: UVA and UVB. Spending time in the sun without a sunscreen will result in wrinkles and premature aging. Even worse, ultraviolet rays can cause skin cancer.

Sunblock forms a barrier over your skin to stop UVA and UVB rays from reaching the skin by absorbing, and scattering or reflecting the light. The skin on your face is especially sensitive to sunlight and needs a lot of extra TLC to achieve the perfect suntan.

So how to choose a Sun Protection Factor (SPF)? Ratings usually start at 2 and go up to 70. The SPF factor is an indication of how much protection your sunscreen gives you against UVB rays as well as the amount of time you can be in the sun before your skin begins to burn. So an SPF of 15 means you can stay in the sun for up to 150 minutes without burning.


Step 2: Using sunscreen properly for the perfect tan

Begin with cleansing and moisturizing before applying a generous amount of sunscreen to your face and body. Wait at least 15 minutes for your sunscreen to properly absorb into your skin before applying makeup.

Make sure that you apply a thick layer to you skin. You might think that by using less sunscreen you’ll get that tan much quicker. Although you will take less time to tan, you’ll also burn in no time at all and that means you’ll probably wind up with peeling skin! Experts advise that you apply about one ounce of sunscreen to get the full benefit of your sunscreen protection factor.

Remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours, or every hour in intense sunlight. Also, every time you come out of the water or sweat, and whenever you change your clothes, reapply.

If you’re terrified of premature aging or don’t have time to spend at the beach, you can still get a gorgeous summer tan – from a bottle! Self-tanning products have improved in leaps and bounds so you won’t be left with orange palms and streaky legs. Shop around for beauty brands that have a history of bringing the best quality self-tanning products to market. That way, you’re sure to find a tan in a bottle that will have you beach-ready before you’ve set a toe in the sand!


Step 3: After-sun care

What you do after a day in the sun is as important to getting a perfect suntan as choosing the right SPF and using it properly.

Start your after-sun skincare routine by cooling off in the shower to bring down the temperature of your skin and prepare it for an after-sun soothing gel or moisturizer. It’s worth investing in an after-sun care product because your favorite moisturizer might not do the trick. After-sun products have ingredients that pack a punch as after-sun moisturizers. They’re also designed to minimize inflammation and boost your skin with healing antioxidants.


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Written by Armine Karapetyan
Armine is the founder of and an avid fashion lover. When she's not busy examining the latest fashion trends and news, she's exploring a new style for herself or is pursuing new adventures and dreams. Find her on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.