Quantcast

8 Tips for a Perfect Summer Tan

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

Summertime is in full swing and many beach-goers and pool-side loungers are looking to trade the pale pallor of winter for a natural, dewy glow. With all the information we now have about the dangers of skin cancer, achieving that summer tan is no longer as simple as baking out in the hot sun for hours at a time, but no one wants to be the victim of a self-tanner disaster, either. So, how do you get that summer glow without damaging your skin (or your reputation)? Keep reading to learn the eight tips for a perfect summer tan!

8. Stay Away from Sunbathing and Tanning Beds

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

As tempting as a natural tan might be, you’ll be doing potentially irreparable harm to your skin by laying out in the sun or even spending time in a tanning bed. While you might get that coveted summer glow, you’ll also be adding years to your skin and raising your risk of skin cancer in the meantime. Save your precious skin by opting for a spray tan or DIY self-tanner, instead. While spray tans can be a bit more costly than applying self-tanner at home, you’re more likely to get even coverage with minimal effort. For the budget-minded, however, there are some really awesome sunless or self-tanners out on the market that look great and are relatively simple to apply.

7. Choose the Correct Shade

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

Nothing looks worse than a fake tan in a bad shade. Avoid this mistake by sticking within one or two shades of your natural skin tone and gradually going darker from there, if needed. Choosing the right shade will minimize the chance of your fake tan looking, well, fake, so you don’t head to the beach looking like an Oompa Loompa. While you may be tempted to reach for the “deep bronze” shade for your fair complexion, we guarantee you won’t be pleased with the results. Remember, you can always go darker later, but getting rid of a bad fake tan is no easy task.

6. Exfoliate Before Applying Self-Tanner or Spray Tan

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

One of the biggest mistakes people make with self-tanners is rushing home from the store, stripping down and immediately applying the sunless tanner everywhere. To get flawless, even coverage, exfoliation before application is key. You want to get rid of any dry patches and dead skin cells that self-tanner might stick to, at least an hour or two before you apply. There are plenty of great scrubs and exfoliators on the market, so choose one you like and spend a little time cleaning up your skin before you go for the self-tanner.

Laura uses her extensive background in the beauty industry to pass on invaluable tips and advice to her readers! Find Laura on LinkedIn!

More Posts - Website

Comments

comments

You must be logged in to post a comment Login