4 tips for safe tanning

By: Haley Roney

Edited By: Carly Richwagen

Summer's almost ending, which means the time to get that last minute summer glow is running out. The sun's ultraviolet rays can be dangerous though, so follow these tips for safe tanning!

1) Wear Sunscreen

First and foremost, the most important thing to do when tanning is to wear sunscreen. It sounds counterintuitive, but sunscreen can actually extend the time you can safely stay out in the sun, and your body will still tan! You should apply the sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going out in the sun, and then reapply 15-30 minutes after being exposed to the sun if you've done anything water related where the sunscreen could have been washed off. 

2) Tan Gradually

Don't try to achieve your desired tan in one day. It will ruin your tan and is more likely to lead to a sunburn. Tan a little bit for an even amount of time each day, and soon you will have a healthier tan than trying to achieve it in one day's time. 

3) Apply Lotion After Tanning

The sun can suck the moisture out of your skin. Applying a good lotion will help give the skin back some of the moisture and will help cool the skin down. Moisturized skin will also help your tan look healthier.

4) Don't Go Out in the Sun at Peak Hours

The sun is at its highest intensity from 10 a.m. until about 3 p.m. During this time, you're more likely to get burned and damage your skin. 

Make sure to always stay safe when exposing yourself to sunlight and note that tanning beds aren't considered a safer alternative to tanning. Enjoy the end of summer and enter fall with a glow!