If you want to look bronzed before you hit the beach, let’s get started. It’s time to work on your tan.
Yes, we know that too much sun exposure leads to skin cancer. UV radiation also causes cell damage and premature aging. That’s why it’s smart to approach tanning like art. If you want a masterpiece, you need to work at it a little at a time.
The first step is to choose a tanning lotion that moisturizes your skin and maximizes your tan. We reviewed the best indoor and outdoor tanning lotions to help you make a wise decision. Choose one based on the effects you want.
For example, if you use a bronzer, you’ll look sun-kissed right from the start. Most bronzers will take up to 6 hours to darken completely, but they last for several days.
If you sunbathe outdoors, you can protect yourself with a sunscreen while enjoying the benefits of a tanning lotion. This allows you to remain outdoors for longer without burning. Once you’ve burned, you’ve damaged your skin, and that’s just not necessary for a tan.
Besides, your skin stops producing melanin after a certain point. Most people with fair skin reach that condition after three hours or less in the sun.
When you tan indoors, the intense light of a booth or bed shortens the time you need. Just a few minutes can make all the difference. In fact, it’s best to begin with short sessions spaced at least two days apart.
Finally, if you want to boost your tanning ability naturally, try these tips. Take a beta-carotene supplement to speed up melanin production. Also, eat more tomatoes since they contain lycopene that protects against UV damage. And drink green tea or have an expresso so that the caffeine fights free radicals from sun exposure.