For many people with fair skin, achieving a beautiful bronze is quite challenging and risky. However, there are ways to minimise the latter in the equation.
The key to having a great-looking tan with reduced risks is to abide by the golden rule of golden tanning — not letting yourself burn. To do this, Bali Body and other experts say that you need to have a better grasp of the factors that allow for a smart and safe tanning session, which include the following:
Knowing what your skin-type-specific tanning time is
How long you need to expose yourself to UV rays to get that sun-kissed tone depends primarily on type and colour of skin you have. One thing remains true for everyone: The skin has its own cut-off point wherein it stops tanning, which means that it stops producing melanin — the pigment responsible for the tan.
In other words, even if you sunbathe longer than you should — which you definitely should not do — your skin will not bronze any further. After this ‘cut-off’ point, subjecting your skin to UV rays will just expose it to damage.
Knowing what to look for and what to do with a tanning product
When choosing a tanning product, whether oil or lotion, make sure your choice comes labelled with the term ‘broad spectrum’ and/or the UVA logo with the word ‘high’. In addition, the tanner should also have a good amount of SPF, ideally SPF30. This filters much of the risks that come from the UVB component of UV light.
Also, remember to apply the product on your skin liberally before, during, and right after your tanning sessions, as doing so helps darken your skin properly and evenly, while also lengthening the life of your tan.
Last, but not the least, is to take breaks from the sun in between your sessions. Not only will this reduce your risk of sunburns, it will also help protect your eyes from the intense light.