How to Tan Without Getting a Sunburn

It is a lot of fun to have a nice, dark tan. Your skin looks healthier and your body looks slimmer. Tans bring out your muscles while reducing your blemishes. Overall, they are simply a great way to make yourself look better.

But getting a tan is not the easiest process. Yes, all you need to do is go outside in the sun for a while and you are bound to get a tan eventually, but at the same time you also risk getting a severe sun burn, and a sunburn can make getting the tan essentially pointless – red, peeling skin is never sexy.

So your goal should be to get a tan without burning, because if you burn you are going to miss out on some of the aesthetic benefits of getting a tan in the first place.

Note About Tans and Burning

It is important to note that there is no surefire way to tan without burning. UV levels, skin color, time in the sun, exposure to water – all of these and more can affect whether or not you burn when you are trying to tan. Any time in the sun at all can produce burning no matter how much you try to avoid it. But there are ways to at least reduce your risk of burning while still getting the tan that you want.

Methods for Not Burning

  • Limit Sun Exposure

Unless you get a terrible burn, tans do not simply pop up overnight. There is no way to go from fair skinned to dark tan overnight without a severe sunburn in between. You need to tan gradually. Your best bet is to give yourself some brief sun exposure and then either getting out of the sun or lathering yourself in sunscreen for the rest of the day. Then, 48 hours later, go out in the sun again and add a little bit of extra time. Continue this over the entire summer and your tan will start to show and darken in no time.

  • Use Tanning Oils

Tanning oils help improve the effectiveness of your time in the sun. Use good tanning oils while still limiting your sun exposure time and your skin should be able to darken more easily.

  • Cover Up When Not Tanning

Sun tanning is not the only time that you are getting sun exposure. After you sun tan, you are still going to get sun on your face, legs and arms. Make sure you wear a lot of sun screen when not tanning. These parts of your body are going to be heated up already from your time tanning, and the extra sun exposure can cause burning.

  • Consider Sunless Tanning

If you can commit to it, you should also consider sunless tanning. These sprays and lotions are designed to give you the appearance of a tan without the sun. Because you are not receiving sun, there is no sun damage, and you will not burn while still getting a great tan.

There is no way to completely avoid your risk of burning, but if you are careful out in the sun and gradually increase your sun exposure as tans start to arise, you should be able to reduce your risk of experiencing a bad sunburn.

Dealing With Sunburn After Tanning

Everyone loves a good tan. The tanning industry receives billions of dollars annually simply from people trying to acquire dark, tan skin throughout the summer – and that does not include those that seek their tans outdoors using the free rays of the sun.

But trying to get a tan is tricky. Too little UV exposure and you are unlikely to tan much at all. Too much and you are very likely to receive a painful burn. It is the latter that happens to most people across the country, as tanners tend to push their limits and stay in the sun or tanning booth far longer than their skin allows.

Sunburns can be painful, itchy, and irritating. Sunburns can even take all of the benefits out of receiving a tan, as your skin punishes you for allowing yourself to get so sun damaged. Below are some helpful ways to soothe your skin after a serious burn and provide yourself with less overall physical discomfort.

Ways to Soothe Your Skin

  1. Take Ibuprofen

Never underestimate the power of good medicine. One of the problems with your skin after a sunburn is that you receive a great deal of skin inflammation. This causes much of the pain and itching. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory medicine, so it will help reduce much of the pain and discomfort you are experiencing from the inflammation.

  1. Moisturize Regularly

When your skin is burning, it is losing a lot of moisture. That moisture loss is going to lead to some of the skin peeling and itching. Keep your skin moisturized as best you can with a gentle moisturizer. This should reduce much of the pain and discomfort you experience from your dry skin.

  1. Be Gentle to Your Skin

It is tempting to exfoliate, scrub hard, or peel off the dry skin. All of these should be avoided. Your skin is far too fragile at this point for removing skin layers to be beneficial. The best thing you can do for your skin is leave it alone and continue to moisturize, hoping that the skin will receive enough moisture to not peel too much.

  1. Eat Skin-Healthy

It is also a good idea to eat foods and drink liquids that are beneficial to your skin. Foods and teas high in antioxidants are a good example of things that will help stimulate skin health, which will ultimately improve the life of your skin and reduce the effects of burning.

  1. Protect Your Skin

It is always a good idea to protect your skin every day after you have burned. No good can come from receiving extra sun until the sunburn has completely melted away. Protect your skin every day in order to ensure that you do not receive any further damage. Only after every aspect of the sunburn has gone, including your peeling skin, should you consider receiving any sun again.

Be Gentle

You cannot rush your skin back into good health. Allow your sunburn to subside completely, and you should experience less discomfort quickly. Only then should you go out in the sun once again.