It is not hard to tan your skin. The main challenge is to keep the tan throughout the year. However, although it is hard, it is not impossible. In fact, it is even possible to keep a healthy tan throughout winter.
There are many benefits of getting kissed by the sun. There are even more benefits of staying sun kissed for the whole of the year. Even the heads that you will turn in the office are enough to make you feel happy about yourself. However, getting a tan and staying tanned will not just happen. You will have to work hard at it. Thankfully, after reading this, you will never struggle again.
Tanning is a very intricate process. In fact, it happens when the body produces melanin to help it protect itself from the sun’s rays. However, if left unmitigated, too much tanning is not good at all. It can cause serious health problems for you, including cancer. That said, there are meticulous ways in which you can prepare your skin for tanning in the sun.
You do not have to spend many hours in the sun to stay sun kissed. Too much exposure will lead to sunburn. Instead, what you are looking for is a maximum and healthy tan in the sun, for a short time only. That way, you will be able to avoid the risks that come with sun kissing.
Moisturized skins tan better
You ought to keep your skin well moisturized. If you would like your skin to keep soft, you need to apply moisturizers both before and after the tan. It is also important that you drink water because it will help with moisturizing the skin from within. When you come from a tanning session in the sun, be keen not to bathe with hot water because that might wear the tan away. Bathe with cold water and then apply moisturizing lotions on the skin so that you can lock the moisture in.
Exfoliate the skin regularly
One thing that happens when you do not exfoliate is that dead cells may change the tone of your skin. When you have been kissed by the sun, you want to maintain an even tone as much as possible. This can be achieved by exfoliating regularly. In fact, it is recommended that you exfoliate before you can get the tan. That way, your skin tans evenly under the sun.
Guard your skin from the sun
As much as you want the sun kiss, you should be very keen to guard yourself against… well, too much sun. To do this, you need good sun cream. These are made with UV protection such that they only allow the good rays of the sun to come through to your skin. When you have come from tanning yourself on the beach and you find that you have suffered from sunburn, you can sooth the skin in a cold shower and then apply a soothing gel.
Find some shade from time to time
Your skin needs rest in between tanning sessions. This is why you need to find shade. You should not tan continuously for hours on end. Take well earned breaks so that your skin can take in the sun slowly. If you are tanning on the beach, the sun-warmed sand will help continue tanning you even as you rest under your beach umbrella.
Tanning beds for indoor tanning
While the sun’s rays are everything, it is not always possible for you to lie down and sunbathe. Mostly, you can only do that in summer. However, researchers have come up with something better – A tan bed. At last, you can tan your skin indoors and no one will be the wiser.
For your own safety, perhaps it is even best to use the tan bed even in summer. You see, with this bed, you can control how much tan your skin will get. However, you are advised to use the bed in the right way because they have been proved to cause non-melanoma skin cancer. The good thing is that you do not use these beds all the time. As soon as you have your tan, keep the bed away. The tan stays intact for a long time, longer than even what you would get from the sun.