How to tan: 13 steps (with pictures)

How to tan: 13 steps (with pictures)
How to tan: 13 steps (with pictures)

In general, tanned people look very good, as tanning makes the skin look healthy, hides blemishes and highlights colorful clothes. It can be difficult to get a nice, even tan, you need to protect yourself from sunburn and avoid marks. Fortunately, with a few tips, you can have a wonderful tan quickly.


Method 1 of 2: Have fun in the sun

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Step 1. Choose your UV source

When it comes to ultraviolet tanning, nothing beats the good old rays of the sun. If your skies or your weather don't allow it, however, there are UV cabins, which are an effective alternative for keeping skin slightly brown all year round.

Moderate your exposure, as your gorgeous skin can end up looking like leather if you stay in the cabin for too long

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Step 2. Moisturize your skin

Well hydrated skin will tan better than dry, dusty skin. To prepare your skin for a good tan, do the following.

  • In the shower, expel dry, dead skin by brushing gently with a washcloth, loofa, or exfoliating soap.
  • Moisturize your skin with a cream that contains PCA sodium. It is a natural component of human skin that helps maintain a healthy epidermis and works by absorbing moisture from the air.
  • Use the right level of sun protection for your skin. If you have fair skin, use a cream with a higher protection factor than if you have darker skin. Whatever the type of your skin and regardless of the tan already done, always use sun protection with a sun protection factor of at least 15.
  • If you are going to go into the water, make sure your sunscreen is water resistant, or reapply it when you get out of the water. Otherwise, reapply sunscreen according to package directions, generally this should be done every two hours.
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Step 3. Use sun protection when you tan

If you're just going to be sunbathing on the beach for an hour, apply sun protection with a factor ranging from 4 to 15, depending on the clarity of your skin and the intensity of your tan already done.

  • If you don't use sunscreen while tanning, UVA and UVB rays will damage your skin, even if you don't burn yourself!
  • Also use lip balm with sun protection. Ideally, you should apply the protection when you are in the shade and let it penetrate the skin for 20 to 25 minutes before getting in the sun. Reapply as needed if you go swimming and the sunscreen is not water resistant, or every two hours as directed on the package.
  • If you notice any redness on your skin, leave the light, you are already burnt and staying in the sun cooking will only deepen the burn and increase the chances of serious complications.
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Step 4. (Un) dress for success

Unless you want to end up with a patchwork comforter made of tan lines on your body, wear the swimsuit you wear when going for a swim! By wearing the same swimsuit, you will have a smooth, buttery complexion that will subtly go from skin to swimsuit.

Don't wear a swimsuit at all if you can. The only thing better than minimal tan lines is the complete absence of tan lines

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Step 5. Find your place in the sun

You can sunbathe in your backyard, at the beach, or anywhere the sun shines. All you need is your tan sunscreen, water, and a lounge chair or towel.

Place your lounge chair or towel in your yard where you will be right in the sun

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Step 6. Get moving while you tan

Think of the chickens in the rotisseries. To get that good all-over, even tan, you have to move around. The front, the back, the sides, but also the places that the sun does not normally reach, such as the armpits.

If you don't want to lie down all day, but still want that tan, another option is to go for a run or take a walk. In addition to sunbathing and tanning, it will also give you a lean and harmonious body. Yum-yum

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Step 7. Protect your eyes

UV rays can damage them. For sunbathing, however, it's best to either wear a hat or keep your eyes closed, rather than wearing sunglasses. If your optic nerve receives strong light, it will stimulate the hypothalamus gland, which produces melanin, resulting in a deeper tan.

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Step 8. Hydrate

Make sure you drink plenty of water. Also jump in the pool to cool off from time to time. Don't worry, it won't negatively affect your tan in the end. Remember to reapply your sunscreen afterwards.

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Step 9. After tanning, hydrate yourself

Use an aloe vera based skin cream to soften and hydrate your skin. This will help keep your skin healthy and work against the dryness and flaking caused by the sun.

Method 2 of 2: Work on the tan

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Step 1. Forget the sun

If you have very fair skin, tend to burn easily in the sun, or want to minimize health risks, tanning in the sun or in a cabin can be the worst solution. You will know you are burning only after you have burned and the damage is already done.

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Step 2. Do it yourself

There are a variety of products from brands like Neutrogena, L'Oreal, Victoria's Secret and many more, which will give you a subtle and even tan.

  • Depending on the directions, apply the cream or spray evenly, being careful to cover all of the skin. The best creams are the ones that are non-comedogenic, which means they won't close the pores in the skin.
  • Unless you have unusually long arms or are excessively flexible, you'll need a friend to cover your back.
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Step 3. Forget your inhibitions

Go to a tanning salon and let them do a full tan. In a matter of minutes, they will professionally apply a bronzing mist to you all over your body.

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Step 4. Read the instructions

Before spending your money, read the various consumer reviews that exist for products and services, avoid spray tans at all costs which will give you an orange complexion.


  • Consider putting more sun protection on shoulders, face, ears, feet, and areas that haven't been exposed to the sun.
  • Start with short durations in the sun, say 10 minutes for sensitive skin. If you don't see any complications, you can gradually increase your time in the sun. In case you have red spots or itching, take a break for a few days without tanning.
  • If you get sunburned, use olive oil and iodine or pure cocoa butter. Do not expose yourself to the sun for a few days. Thus, your tan will be better.
  • If you get sunburned with severe fatigue, you may have sunstroke.
  • Don't share your sunscreens or compare yourself to others. If your skin is fair, and you're on the beach with a friend with darker skin than yours, you'll need to use a cream with a higher protection factor than theirs. Probably, you won't be able to stay in the sun as long as your friend.
  • Wear clothes that go with your tan. If you don't have a tan, wear dark greens, blues, and purples. If you have an average tan, wear black or white to accentuate it. If you have the tan you want and you are really tanned, wear what you want. You are tanned and beautiful and nothing will hide it, so show it off!
  • Aloe vera gels relieve UV burns and help flush them away.
  • When tanning, make sure your glasses won't leave light areas around your eyes.
  • Remember that sunburn increases your risk of getting skin cancer.
  • If this is your first time in a tanning booth, don't go for very long, ask the cashier to tell you the recommended time.
  • If you go for an artificial tanner, which is safer and can give you a tan that looks real, be sure to pick one that won't give you an orange complexion.


  • Remember to drink plenty of fluids while you are tanning and afterwards when inside. If your skin feels warm to the touch, apply an after-sun cream, as a shower can sting if you've been burned.
  • Be careful with tanning pills, many cases of crystalline residue in the eyes have been seen in people who have used them. It has been proven that these residues can ultimately cause blindness.
  • Sunbathing everyday is not good for you!
  • Know your moles and watch out for any changes in color or shape.
  • Sunburns can be mild or moderate. If you have more severe sunburn, see a doctor.
  • If you stay in the sun for too long, you can get sunstroke.
  • People are more and more aware of the health risks associated with tanning, so they may realize that fair skin can be as beautiful as dark skin. Be yourself and people will accept you for who you are, not because of your skin color.
  • Tanning or exposure to intensive UV rays can cause skin cancer, which in its most severe form is called melanoma. Using a spray tan is safer. If you must be tanned and don't care about a slightly orange color, you could save your life.
  • People with naturally fair skin don't tan well! Instead, try tanning creams. It can make it look natural and solar, without being orange or bronze in color.
  • Cabins, like any UV exposure, can be dangerous, especially if they are used for long periods of time.

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