By Mike Jones
Summer is here and many of us want to just go to the beach and spend some time on a beach towel while listening to the waves. However, before spending hours in the sun on a beach, you need to get a bit tanned in advance. Although it may sound confusing, it is better to get your skin used to the sun at home first.
In this article, we are going to give you some tips and tricks for tanning and self-tanning at home. Your balcony, your front porch, or your backyard can be turned into perfect tanning venues. Let’s learn more about tanning at home.
What you need to know about tanning
Your home is one of the best places to get a natural glow without other people staring at you especially if are still working on your summer body. One of the best things about tanning at home is that you don’t have to move to a different location; you have all you need right next to you.
Before you take your beach towel outdoors, you should make some preparations. Take a protection cream or oil with you. You could make your own tanning oil if you don’t want those pesky parabens on your skin.
Beside the tanning oil, you should always have a hat or something to cover your head close by. A hat or scarf will protect your hair from harmful solar radiation that can damage your hair. Also, always have a bottle of water with you. Water is the best because juices, coffee, or alcohol will dehydrate you.
Only tan in the morning and in the afternoon. Midday sun is too powerful, and you increase your risk of sunburn and insolation. To keep your tan intact, use an after-sun cream, which can protect you from irritation and cool the skin.
What you need to know about self-tanning
Sometimes we are too busy to spend 3 hours per day in the sun to get that perfect tan. Fortunately, there are some alternatives that will help you get the best-tanned look in no time. For an instant, self-tan try skin tanning creams. But not all these products work well, and they could leave you with awful spots.
A tanning spray is better because it has a lighter texture and is easier to apply to the skin. The skin absorbs it faster than tanning creams. However, you should always choose organic, all-natural products because they are less toxic. Choose a product that also contains natural oils for a glowing look.
Use the spray all over your body because you don’t want to have parts of your body that are tanned and others that are not. Don’t sit on any piece of furniture if you don’t want to stain it. It is best to complete this process in the bathtub to be able to clean the spray without making a mess in the whole house.
Let the spray do its job and don’t wash it away too fast unless you want some nasty spots on your skin. It is better to combine tanning with self-tanning. Start off with regular tanning to get a natural glow and apply a tanning spray afterward for a flawless look.
You can also use after-sun cream since it contains beta-carotene which keeps the tan intact for a long time. Hydrate your skin after the tanning spray is absorbed. This way you will also have a smooth skin. Don’t shave before applying the tanning spray because it can cause rashes and irritation.
These are the most important things you should know about tanning at home. You can find many recipes for homemade oils, tanning sprays, and after-sun solutions online. If you don’t have the time or ingredients you can always use store products but make sure to choose those that are organic and natural. Always protect your skin before exposing it to the sun for a long time.
About the Author
Mike Jones is a Boston-based health and beauty writer for Sound Body Life, who encourages everyone to embrace the healing power of nature for common and not life-threatening diseases. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_jones35.