As you know many people like to have a nice golden tan. Having a tan gives you a glow that makes you look healthy rather than pasty and pale. It can also make you look slimmer.

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Many people enjoy tanning outside in the sun. Some go to the beach and feel relaxed listening to the ocean waves crashing, while others enjoy sitting out by the pool in their yard. Some people enjoy tanning outside because they do not want to pay for sessions in a tanning booth or tanning bed. You just feel better getting a little sun it seems.

And don’t forget, human skin can make large amounts of vitamin D when lots of skin is exposed and the sun is high in the sky. Your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight. The part of the sun’s rays that is important is ultraviolet B (UVB).

As you probably know, when going to the beach on a sunny day, it is very easy to get fried, which you do not want to do, and is not to great for your skin either.

When you are trying to get the perfect tan, there are steps that you can follow to avoid getting a sunburn and to achieve the perfect tan. Exfoliate: It is very important to exfoliate your skin before you go outside to tan.

When you tan, the top layer of your skin is what tans. If the top layer of your skin is dead skin cells, the skin will eventually flake off, leaving you with a blotchy tan if you can tan at all. When you are exfoliating, it is important not to go overboard. If you scrub too hard, your skin will be more sensitive, and you could end up getting a burn rather than a tan.

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When you are trying to achieve the perfect tan, it is important to use a suntan lotion. The best type to use is a lotion with SPF. This may sound odd and not very productive, however, if you use a suntan lotion with SPF, your tan will last longer.

If you use a tan with an SPF of 8 or 10, you will tan gradually. A gradual tan lasts much longer than if you tan all at once. Another benefit of using a suntan lotion with SPF can prevent skin cancer. The SPF will filter some of the dangerous rays from the sun.

SPF 30 is the most common level for most people and skin types. No sunscreen can block all UV rays, but what we do know is: SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays. So, the difference between 30 and 50 is about 1 percent.

Are there any drawbacks to using a higher SPF?

There is often a false sense of security with higher numbers. You think since you’re wearing a higher level, you are invincible to the sun, and that’s just not the case. Most of us also forget that SPF is only at its most active for about two hours, so you need to reapply it often.

Hawaiian Tropic is a good example of what to use with SPF for gradual tanning.

2. Avoid Sunburns

Many people believe that laying out in the sun for hours on end will produce the best tan. This is not true. When you expose your skin to the sun for too long, it can result in a sunburn. In some cases, the sunburn will turn to a tan after a few days, however, certain parts of the tan will peel after resulting in a very uneven, awkward looking tan.

In other cases, the sunburn will eventually peel off leaving your skin without a tan and putting yourself at risk for skin cancer. When you go out to lay in the sun, stick to just an hour or two at a time.

3. Get an Even Tan

Getting an all over, even tan is very important when tanning outside. The best time to tan to get an all over tan is when the sun is the strongest, between 10am and 2pm. Because the sun is directly overhead during these times, you have the best chance of getting an all over tan.

We really do not recommend laying out on a reflective blanket. At the beach, this would be to much and you could get fried. Best not to use these.

To get an even, all over tan, you should lay on your back for 20 to 30 minutes, then flip and lay on your stomach for another 20 to 30 minutes. After a few days, you can gradually increase the amount of time you lay on each side. This will prevent a sunburn.


Before and after layout at beach, moisturize your skin with some moisturizer before and after. Before because tanning can cause some stress to your skin, after moisturizing helps your skin recover.

Can you get tan if it is cloudy?

Yes, in fact, 87% of the sun’s rays penetrate through clouds, fog and mist. The worst sunburns happen when you least expect them. UV rays (ultraviolet radiation) are emitted by the sun and are responsible for the change in our skin color. This results in creating a tan, a burn, or skin cancer from overexposure. Just because it is cloudy doesn’t mean do not use your lotion.

Can you get tan in the shade?

It is entirely possible. A tan is not only due to direct exposure to sunlight but can also be due to secondary radiations bouncing into the environment. The sand and snow, for example, strongly reflect the sun’s rays. You can therefore tan under an umbrella on the beach. Again, if at beach and in shade, still use your lotion.

Does water make you tan faster?

Sea salt is great as it attracts the sunlight onto your skin. If you’ve been in the sea do start tanning before you dry off. Note: Salt and water put together in a bottle will not be as effective as actual sea water; this is because sea water contains other important minerals which contribute to enhancing your tan. During your time laying out at beach or pool, is very refreshing to just in water to cool off.

Does Coconut Oil help you tan faster?

Use coconut oil for a better tan. It’s not going to provide SPF protection, but if you use tanning oil, try coconut oil instead. Fans claim it will help your skin tan faster while keeping it moisturized, which might mean less burning or peeling.

The main thing when laying out at beach, is do it slowly at one to two hours intervals and not over do it. And keep hydrated, which means drink water plenty of water while at beach.

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