Tanning Tips

Tanning Tips for getting a Perfect Tan

Getting the perfect tan is at the top of many vacationers “to do” list while they are here on vacation. There’s nothing like going back to the “real world” after vacation with a healthy tan. Follow these simple tanning tips to get the perfect tan and avoid looking like a boiled lobster!

Pre Tanning Steps

Tip #1: Exfoliate

Of all the tanning tips presented in this article this one is the most crucial to getting a deep, even tan. A few days before you arrive at the beach you should be preparing your skin for the upcoming exposure to the sun. Before you get in the shower use a soft bristle body brush to buff your skin. Use circular motions to ensure good circulation and smooth skin. This will remove dead skin cells and make your skin healthier.

tanning tipsOnce you are in the shower use an exfoliating soap with micro beads in it. A loofah used gently can help this process as well. The idea is to give your skin a soft even surface for your new tan.

Tip #2: Moisten

When you finish your shower be sure to apply a rich body cream. This will help seal in moisture and keep your skin feeling smooth. A good daily moisturizer will help you minimize the damage UV rays will do to your skin. It’s a good idea to apply a moisturizer after you tan as well. When your done working on your tan for the day shower normally (no exfoliation) and apply some moisturizer.


Time To Get In The Sun!

Now that your skin has been prepped these tanning tips will help you get the most out of your time in sun! Getting a tan isn’t as simple as laying out a towel or chair and sitting there patiently while the sun cooks you. You need to follow these steps closely or you risk getting that “Burnt Tourist” look that we all wish to avoid.

Tip #3: Choose the right lotion

Use a lotion with SPF 6 to 15. This will allow you to tan but still offer you protection. You can also add a dark tanning oil on top of the lotion to accelerate the tanning process.

Tip #4: Pace Yourself

Limit yourself to only a couple hours a day and avoid tanning during the peak hours of about 11 am to 2pm. I know you’re on vacation and you want to enjoy the beach, but if you want to avoid the “crispy” look then those three hours should not be spent tanning. You can still go out on the beach during peak sunny hours, just be sure to put on a heavy sunblock – SPF50 or higher.

Tip #4: Avoid Tan Lines

tanning tips 2The key to a perfect tan is minimizing tan lines. This is easy enough for guys – just wear short trunks that fit low on your waist. For ladies this is a little more difficult. A one-piece is almost certainly out of the question unless it’s a tan-through swimming suit. The fabric in these suits allow the sun rays to pass through but still provide skin coverage. A more practical option is to wear a bikin and periodically adjust the straps. When you are on your back be sure to move the straps every 15 minutes or so. On your stomach you can untie the straps (if you are comfortable with it) and you don’t have to worry about adjusting. If not, just remember to move the straps every 15 minutes. Remember to exfoliate and moisturize every morning before you head out.

A perfect tan is built up over a few days, not all at once. Think of it like a reward you earn over the course of your vacation. By following these simple tanning tips you will leave Myrtle Beach with a healthy glow that will be the envy of all your friends back home!

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