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How to get the best - and fastest - tan this summer

Tanned bodies are always desired, but a tan isn't just about color. A great tan can hide imperfections, unify your skin tone and create a fabulous, healthy glow. But what's the fastest, easiest, healthiest, and most natural way to tan?  Here are some tips: 

Don't forget the Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

If you think you're going to tan better or faster without sunscreen, you're wrong. Tanning without protection - or even with a low SPF - will damage your skin because you're exposing it to harmful UVA and UVB rays. Skin expert Dr. Marko Lens recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30, with a 5-star UVA rating.

Consider the time of day during your tan

If you are enjoying the sun, you should know that it is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. That doesn't mean you can get out without sunscreen before or after those hours. Be aware of how much time you spend in the sun and make sure you are carefully covered with sunscreen, as well as turning around to get the best possible tan.

Reconsider tanning supplements

Although some people rely on supplements, it's important to note that fruits and vegetables-particularly those rich in beta-carotene-can help boost your tan. Include more peppers, melons, carrots, spinach and kale in your diet in the weeks leading up to your vacation to help you tan. "There's increasing evidence to suggest that oral use of beta-carotene can protect skin from UV damage," says Dr. Lens. "Beta-carotene is an excellent antioxidant: it fights free radicals and decreases oxidative stress on the skin, thus limiting damage caused by UV light.

Non-Natural Tan 

Self-tanning, which in the past was a nightmare, has been transformed by leaps and bounds in recent years and has become a much simpler process. Those who don't have the time (or won't be visiting the beach soon) can always turn to self-tanning (whether it's a lotion, mousse, spray or tanning water) to get the perfect tan.

The secret to a uniform shine is in the preparation, according to tanning expert James Harknett. "Try to avoid any heavy body oil or cream in the days prior to tanning as they can leave a barrier on the skin," he says. "An exfoliation should be done the day before, giving the skin time to renew itself and DHA, the tanning ingredient, to activate evenly. Finally, always take a cool shower before applying the tanner, as hot skin can result in mottled results.

Trust the experts for a spray tan

Putting your tan in the hands of the experts is by far the best way to achieve that full glow seen on the catwalk.  Done the right way, the effect is like painting your whole body perfectly with an airbrush. If you're tanning for an event or before a vacation, Harknett recommends a spray tan a day or two earlier, giving the tan at least eight hours to activate. Then rinse off the guide color to feel shiny and golden," she says.

Stay hydrated

If you want your tan to last longer, be sure to keep your skin hydrated. Remember to drink plenty of water, especially when exposed to direct sunlight. This will help to avoid dehydration, which can lead to symptoms such as fatigue or headaches. To keep your skin elastic, use a rich moisturizer to nourish your dermis and prevent peeling.




How to get the best - and fastest - tan this summer

Tanned bodies are always desired, but a tan isn't just about color. A great tan can hide imperfections, unify your skin tone and create a fabulous, healthy glow. But what's the fastest, easiest, healthiest, and most natural way to tan?  Here are some tips: 

Don't forget the Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

If you think you're going to tan better or faster without sunscreen, you're wrong. Tanning without protection - or even with a low SPF - will damage your skin because you're exposing it to harmful UVA and UVB rays. Skin expert Dr. Marko Lens recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30, with a 5-star UVA rating.

Consider the time of day during your tan

If you are enjoying the sun, you should know that it is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. That doesn't mean you can get out without sunscreen before or after those hours. Be aware of how much time you spend in the sun and make sure you are carefully covered with sunscreen, as well as turning around to get the best possible tan.

Reconsider tanning supplements

Although some people rely on supplements, it's important to note that fruits and vegetables-particularly those rich in beta-carotene-can help boost your tan. Include more peppers, melons, carrots, spinach and kale in your diet in the weeks leading up to your vacation to help you tan. "There's increasing evidence to suggest that oral use of beta-carotene can protect skin from UV damage," says Dr. Lens. "Beta-carotene is an excellent antioxidant: it fights free radicals and decreases oxidative stress on the skin, thus limiting damage caused by UV light.

Non-Natural Tan 

Self-tanning, which in the past was a nightmare, has been transformed by leaps and bounds in recent years and has become a much simpler process. Those who don't have the time (or won't be visiting the beach soon) can always turn to self-tanning (whether it's a lotion, mousse, spray or tanning water) to get the perfect tan.

The secret to a uniform shine is in the preparation, according to tanning expert James Harknett. "Try to avoid any heavy body oil or cream in the days prior to tanning as they can leave a barrier on the skin," he says. "An exfoliation should be done the day before, giving the skin time to renew itself and DHA, the tanning ingredient, to activate evenly. Finally, always take a cool shower before applying the tanner, as hot skin can result in mottled results.

Trust the experts for a spray tan

Putting your tan in the hands of the experts is by far the best way to achieve that full glow seen on the catwalk.  Done the right way, the effect is like painting your whole body perfectly with an airbrush. If you're tanning for an event or before a vacation, Harknett recommends a spray tan a day or two earlier, giving the tan at least eight hours to activate. Then rinse off the guide color to feel shiny and golden," she says.

Stay hydrated

If you want your tan to last longer, be sure to keep your skin hydrated. Remember to drink plenty of water, especially when exposed to direct sunlight. This will help to avoid dehydration, which can lead to symptoms such as fatigue or headaches. To keep your skin elastic, use a rich moisturizer to nourish your dermis and prevent peeling.