Top Tips For Tanning Safely This Summer

Although the British weather can be notoriously fickle at the best of times, we do, however, have beautiful weather at the moment. 

Getting a healthy glow when the sun is out is an added bonus, and it can help you to feel a little bit more confident during the summer months. Not only this but spending ten to twenty minutes per day in the sunshine can help our bodies make the vitamin D we need to stay healthy.

Enjoying the sun is one of the best parts of summer, but it’s important to do so safely to minimise the risk of skin damage. The tanning vitamin experts over at Perfectil Plus Protan from Vitabiotics have put together a handy infographic to help you stay safe before, during and after spending time in the sun. Take a look below!

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Keep reading to discover how to make the most of the sunshine!

Getting enough vitamin D

It is recommended that you spend ten to twenty minutes outdoors each day, without sun protection and with bare arms and legs. This is to ensure that your body is able to synthesise enough vitamin D for you to stay healthy.

It’s really important to note that you shouldn’t spend any more time than this in the sun without sun protection. Sunscreen doesn’t stop you tanning and it will protect your skin from sun damage.

Fake tan

If you’re not a fan of sunbathing, or you just want to top up your post-holiday glow, skip the sunbeds and opt for fake tan instead. If you want to avoid an orange disaster, you can opt for a gradual self-tanner, and make sure your skin is in good condition by regularly exfoliating and moisturising too.

How to tan if you’re pale

If you’re fair skinned, it can seem impossible to tan without jumping straight to being red and burnt instead. For paler skin tones, it’s incredibly important to use a high SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen. Luckily this won’t stop you from tanning, but it will prevent you from getting burnt. Build up your sun exposure, starting with 20 to 30 minutes per day and working your way up from there. By doing this and keeping your skin nourished and hydrated, you’ll be able to build up your best tan yet.

These simple tips will help you to get a bronzed glow, whilst keeping your skin and your health protected.

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  1. Great tips and we’re fair skinned here so tend to dodge sunbathing and stick to shade. High factors are so important x

  2. Regularly applying is so important as even once a day applications aren't always once a day x

  3. This is the first year I've contemplated faking it! I never tan so it seems like the best option for me.

  4. Re-applying is definitely the tip I always follow and i always make sure I moisturise :)