Ok... we all know that there is technically no such thing as "Safe Tanning", but there are ways to tan that are safer than others. Here are some tips that will help you get an amazing (and slightly more safe) tan this summer.
The key for an amazing tan is to exfoliate your skin! If you don't exfoliate, your tan will end up patchy, you will peel, and will altogether be a very unattractive situation... Try to exfoliate every other day or at least once a week while you are on vacation, and use a hardcore intense exfoliator before you leave and after you get home. And don't forget your lips and face! But remember, to exfoliate your lips and face you will need to find a exfoliator made specifically for each of those areas.2. Put sun protection
Put sunscreen on at least 30 minutes before you head to sun tanning. Some people say at least a minimum af 30 SPF, but personally I use 15. As silly as this sounds, pay attention and read your sunscreen bottle! Some are made to apply all over, some only to the body, and some only to your face, so watch out! The last thing you want on your vacation is a major breakout from your sunscreen!Don't forget that your lips need protection too! Make sure to wear (and reapply!) a lip balm with SPF.
3. Protective Clothing and Accessories
Big floppy hats are still totally in! Wear one when you are out in the sun to protect your face, head, and hair. I really am not a big fan of the big floppy hat trend, so i will be the chick on the beach in the baseball cap. Sunglasses are the next big must to protect your eyes from the sun, just make sure not to fall asleep with them on. No one wants the white raccoon eyes! The last thing I want to mention is a cover-up to throw on over your bathing suit when you are sitting out on the beach. Extra protection for your chest and shoulders, and a great option for a chilly windy day!
An essential step for a great tan is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Apply a moisturizer before you put on sunscreen, after tanning, and once again after you get out of the shower or before bed. And remember, a self tanner is a totally acceptable moisturizer that will also deepen your color. whatever you use just don't forget to use it! The last thing you want is to be peeling like a snake... Besides your skin, hair get damage as well. If you think about it, you are putting it through a lot on your trip with all of the salt, sun, sand, and chlorine. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and try a hair mask when you gat back home. Don't forget to give your lips a little love with a moisturizing lip balm as well.
5. Drink water