How to Tan While Keeping Your Skin Safe

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As much as we all crave that gorgeous tan, the thought of sun damage can be a real buzzkill. Thankfully, there are safe ways to get that glow without harming your skin. Let’s dive into some foolproof tips for just that.

The Best Times to Tan

To minimize your risk of UV damage, avoid sun exposure when the sun’s rays are the strongest, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. During early mornings and late afternoons, UV exposure is less intense but still sufficient for tanning.

Use Sunscreen Religiously

Many people believe that sunscreen will prevent tanning, but this is a misconception. Sunscreen protects against harmful UV rays that can cause burning and long-term damage while still allowing your skin to tan. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Reapply every two hours, and you’re good to go.

Opt for Gradual Tanning

Gradual tanning is safer than trying to achieve a deep tan in a short period. Start by spending short periods—about 10 to 20 minutes—sunbathing each day. Gradually increase your exposure time by a few minutes, allowing your skin to adapt slowly and reducing the risk of sunburn. This method can help your skin develop a more natural and healthier tan over time.