So now that we have an idea of what’s going on, here are some tips on how to tan fair skin that will hopefully help others like myself.
Tanning Tip #1: Less Is More
One of the things that really helped me was to limit my exposure time in the sun to shorter intervals. Well duh, that’s kind of obvious right? Yes and no.
Most people (or at least most of the people that I know) will sun bathe until they feel themselves starting to burn or can physically see themselves reddening before they pull the plug. This is a terrible idea and very dangerous no matter what skin tone you have. You are damaging your skin and increasing your chances of melanoma which is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Just don’t do it. On top of that, you will end up rocking the tomato look for days or more (depending on how bad the sun burn is) and that’s just not cute. That tan that you worked for will usually end up peeling off and you’re back to square one. I know we want to achieve that dark tan but allowing yourself to burn is just not worth it. Be patient, be smart about it and it will come!
What I’ve found that personally works for me is starting off very slow.
The first day that I decide to start the sun bathing process, I lay out for no more than 20 minutes,10 minutes per side. Not everyone tans the same and it’s wise to apply a sunscreen (at least SPF 15) around 30 minutes before laying out. Pick a time before noon and after 3 PM as the sun’s rays are often too harsh between those times. I continue this process daily and increase my sun bathing times in 5-10 minute increments, granted that my skin can
handle it and I have not burned. If you remain patient and continue this process, I promise you will see much better results.
I’m not going to lie. You won’t be a tanned goddess but I would much rather have a healthy golden glow than risk damaging my skin and sporting the tomato look. If you stick with it and dedicate time, your skin will be able to handle more sun exposure and you will start to tan faster.
Tanning Tip #2: Hydration, Hydration, Hydratio n
If you be good to your skin, your skin will be good to you. Honestly, I can’t stress this enough. One thing that majorly helped me develop and maintain a tan was keeping my skin constantly hydrated.
After I finish with my daily sun bathing routine (see Tip #1) I jump in the shower to cleanse off the sweat, oils, SPF, etc. There is a debate as to whether you should wait to shower since a tan usually takes 24-48 hours to develop. I personally don’t buy into this as I don’t see how a shower can wash off a tan. Plus I really don’t want to walk around all smelly and grimy for 48 hours. Yuck! I’ve never noticed a difference and my tan has always remained after showering. Once I am done showering I immediately apply soothing lotion to my entire body. I not only do this once I am showered but at least one more time during the day and once before I go to bed. This has helped my skin tremendously.
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Okay. So now that we’ve covered some tips that will help us on our tanning journey, that leaves us with one question.
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