Outdoor Tanning Tips Everyone Should Know

Tanning outdoors is the more practical means of getting a deep, dark tan. Not only because it’s the original, most popular, way to get that perfect golden-brown glow, but also because the sun is a natural source for ultraviolet radiation.  These ultraviolet rays (UVRs) cause your skin to produce more melanin, which results in that healthy, tan hue. But, my friends, too much of a good thing is still too much, and the same holds true for the sun.  Before you rush outdoors to pursue that golden goddess gleam, keep these tips in mind:

  • Make sure your outdoor tanning products contain a decent measure of SPC protection and a non comedigenic element to keep your pores clear.
  • The best time of day to tan is between sunrise and 10 am, beyond that the angle of the sun will be much too harsh, so keep this mind if you’re heading to the beach to catch those rays.
  • Keep your skin hydrated and moisturized.  By using tanning products before you hit the beach, as well as when you arrive, the active ingredients will have time to absorb into your skin for a more even, deeper tan.
  • Make sure that you are aware of your skin type and what it takes to get a tan. Don’t think you can spend hours in direct sunlight without protection if you know you burn to a crisp when sitting in the shade of an umbrella.
  • Medications for the treatment of acne as well as birth control pills can affect your outdoor tanning results due to body sensitivity, keep this in mind when selecting your tanning products or before spending too long in the sun, some varieties can cause you to burn twice as fast as normal
  • Bring a book.  Falling asleep is a major problem for people tanning outdoors, keep yourself alert and occupied by chatting with a friend or catching up on your vacation reading list.

Did you know the sun is also a source of vitamin D? The reasons for going outdoors and enjoying the sun just keep coming, so what are you waiting for?  Get out there and get that glow!

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