With summer right around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to give you guys some tips and tricks to get the best tan. If you’d rather tan in a tanning bed than lay in the sun, these tips and tricks will still work for you!
First things first, it’s important for you to choose the UV source which is suitable for your skin. In my opinion nothing can beat laying out in the sun, but we all have our own opinions and preferences. In case the weather or sky doesn't cooperate, or you would just rather tan in a tanning bed, It’s a good alternative to get a tan nonetheless.
One crucial step in prepping your skin for tanning is exfoliating. This is important because no matter what shade or skin kind you have, exfoliating will supply you with healthy looking skin. One of the major mistakes people make while tanning is they do not exfoliate. If you don’t exfoliate you’re just allowing dead skin cells to build up. You should exfoliate daily. When talking exfoliators I will always recommend the Sainte Muse Coconut Coffee Scrub Not only does the scrub exfoliate your skin, getting rid of any dead skin you might have, but it also saturates your skin with antioxidants and minerals while eliminating stretch marks, cellulite, and other skin conditions. It will leave your skin looking healthier and much more radiant. You should be exfoliating your whole body, including your face, the Saint Muse Coconut Coffee Scrub is safe to use on your face as well. Not only will you scrub away dead skin cells, but you will also prevent breakouts. If you skip the exfoliation process your tan could end up looking uneven, you will experience extra dirt, oil, and other problems around the skin.
You should always make sure you either wax or shave at least 24 hours before tanning. If you wax or shave right before you go tanning it could cause irritated skin, which could cause rashes or other issues with the skin. While some people may not react at all and some may have severe reactions, it is still necessary for you to wax or shave 24 hours before hand. Typically, the face and legs are the body parts familiar with sun exposure. Nevertheless, other body parts like the bikini area, are not used to this. Therefore, you should appropriately shave or wax at least one day before hand.
If you want to extend the life of your tan and have hydrated, perfect skin; you need to use proper moisturizers. Your skin tends to dry out faster when exposed to UV rays or extensive sunlight. You should be moisturizing on a regular basis. The most important time to moisturize is right before going to bed. As you go to sleep, the body will repair itself at a faster rate. By making use of the moisturizer before bed, you will be able to repair the damage happening during the day. It is also a good idea to moisturize after taking a shower because the water will dehydrate and dry out your skin. There are some areas around the body you need to be extra cautious you don’t miss like, your elbows, hands, knees and also ankles. Really any area of the body that moves is the area that needs to be focused on the most when applying moisturizer. Another incredibly important part of your body to make sure is properly moisturized, is the face. I do not recommend using a body lotion on your face. If you’re looking for a good face moisturizer I highly recommend the Sainte Muse Doux Moisturizer. It’s lightweight and oil free, which is important because oil could possibly lead to breakouts. It’s incredibly hydrating but it won’t add any extra oil or greasy-ness to your face. The more your moisturize, the better your skin will be and the longer your tan will last. It also helps prevent dead skin cell buildups.
Tanning oils will also help you build and keep a tan. Tanning oils work by attracting and focusing the UV rays of the sun onto the skin. The properties of tanning oils accelerate the process by intensifying the rays. As the UV rays penetrate the skin, they accelerate the melanocytes’ ability to produce melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives your skin color. The greater the presence of melanin in the skin, the darker your skin will appear. My Ride or Die tanning oil is Dark Tanning Oil by Sainte Muse. each bottle is filled with organic, vegan friendly ingredients that will have your skin dark and glowing. It has an SPF of 4, which will keep you safe from 75% of the sun’s harmful rays. I've never had a tanning oil get my skin so dark, and I've also noticed that my tan seems to last longer.
Keep in mind that you always need to be hydrated to get the best tanning results. Drink plenty of water, it will keep the skin hydrated. Water with the help of moisturizer will help in prolonging the life of your tan and allow you to keep the golden glow for a long time. Staying hydrated is one of the most crucial tips you need to follow.
Undress for success, wear the bathing suit you are most likely to wear when you’re swimming or going to beach and that is going to leave the least amount of tan lines. That way you have a smooth tan that flows from skin to bathing suit. However, if you’re tanning in a tanning bed, you have the option to skip the bathing suit and instead of trying to minimize the tan lines, you have no tan lines at all.