For many parts of the country, Spring didn’t so much arise in a burst of sunshine but stutter-stepped into existence. It doesn’t really matter anymore, because it appears spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. Now that old-man winter has gone into hibernation, it is time to start prepping your skin for the sun’s rays. It is a good idea to begin your summer of tanning with a good base tan to prevent painful burns and unsightly tan lines. To get the perfect summer base tan, follow these simple tips.
- Exfoliate before you tan: Whether you are going to lay out in your backyard, hit the beach, or jump into a tanning bed, you should be exfoliating your skin. Exfoliating can efficiently remove any dead skin cells from your body, which ensures your tan is even. By exfoliating before tanning, you may also see a longer lasting tan, as you will be tanning a fresh layer of skin.
- Start with small exposures: It is a bad idea to jump into a tanning bed for 20 minutes on your first go of the year. Your skin is not used to the rays yet and hasn’t had a chance to develop melanin, so tanning for long periods of time is only going to end in painful sunburns. Your tan will also wash away relatively quickly, as the damaged skin sloughs off. Begin with shorter exposures every other day, adding time as your tan begins to develop.
- Switch to sessions when you achieve your base: Weekly sessions in a tanning bed will help you maintain an even glow once you have your summer base tan. Do keep up with these sessions to prevent your tan from fading.
- Moisturize before and after: Make sure you are keeping your skin moisturized, both during and after your tanning sessions. The night before a tanning session put a layer of moisturizer on your skin. Pay especially close attention to your elbows, hands, feet, and ankles. Once you’ve had your tanning session, moisturize your skin, again. This will help your tan take better and will keep your skin feeling smooth and healthy.
- Wear sunscreen when out and about: We know, it might sound counterproductive, but don’t skip the sunscreen just because you already have a base tan. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays can still lead to sunburn, even if you are already tan. To keep your tan looking like a healthy glow, don’t forget to put on sunscreen anytime you plan on being out in the sun for extended periods of time. Place a layer of sunscreen on your face before putting on your makeup, and make sure your legs, arms, neck, and back are also protected with a layer of SPF 30 or higher.
Whether you are looking for a summer base tan to prevent sunburns, or you want to glow before the summer completely sets in, the professionals at Bronze Tan can help you find a tanning solution that will work for you. Contact us now to learn about our tanning products or to book an appointment