Perfect tan

10 tips to get a perfect tan

Let’s admit it’s what we’re all craving for – enjoying our vacation but mostly coming back with a tan our friends will be jealous of. Read on to learn the best tips to get a perfect tan!

Get your skin ready!

1. Exfoliate
Exfoliate - Perfect tan

Exfoliation is the first step to building a long-lasting, deep tan. Exfoliating your skin will remove all the dead cells which can prevent a uniform tan. Best is to start exfoliating a few days before being exposed to the sun as it leaves the skin a little sensitive and more prone to sunburns. You can use exfoliating clothes, brushes, body scrubs… Anything non-chemical! Don’t forget to hydrate your skin after showering.

2. Your diet counts

The food you eat also plays a role in tanning. Eating specific vegetables have been proven to help get your skin ready from the inside! Beta-carotene and lycopene found in certain vegetables could increase your skin’s protection to UV (turning on the process of producing melanin!) and make your tint a bit more orangey, so make sure your diet is rich in carrots and tomatoes 🥕🍅! If you are not that much into veggies, Imedeen supplements can also help you prepare your skin from within.

3. Start with a fake tan

If you are worried about looking too pale on your first days at the beach, don’t be afraid to cheat a little! I personally like to start a weak ahead by gradually applying tanning lotion every two or three days. I use the Moisturizing Self-Tanning Silky Gel from Avène, natural effect guaranteed 🙂 Please be aware that tanning lotions don’t offer any protection against the sun as natural tanning does. Highly protect yourself with sunscreen as normal when heading to the beach!

Get the glow!

4. Sunscreen is your best friend
Apply sunscreen - Perfect tan

Most of us always “forget” about sunscreen. “I am not going to get tanned!” is the number one excuse when it comes to applying sunscreen! I speak from experience… But sunscreen actually lets you get a tan, more slowly yes but more safely. When buying a sunscreen, we are often left with many options and not knowing which one to choose. Which SPF is right for my skin? What does “broad spectrum” mean? Here is a quick guide I wish I had when choosing my first sunscreen.

First of all, make sure that the sun lotion you choose protects against both UVA and UVB. UVA are rays that penetrate deep into your skin – causing mainly ageing and sometimes skin allergies and cancers. They represent 95% of the rays coming on earth and they also go through the clouds. UVB rays penetrate the top layer of the skin and cause burnings – aka the lovely sunburns! Broad spectrum protects you against UVA, while SPF protects you against UVB. Both rays create a lot of damages to your skin so check twice if your sunscreen contains both SPF AND broad spectrum.

Secondly, choose the right SPF. The number associated to the “SPF” mention means how long you can stay in the sun: for example, with an SPF30 you can stay 30 times longer in the sun than if you weren’t wearing any protection. Best is to go for SPF30 as SPF50 usually gives a false sense of security and makes you forget to reapply it every two hours! If you have very fair or sensitive skin, always go for SPF50. Dark skins are protected with SPF15.

Thank Me Later sunscreen - Perfect tan

Finally, I like to use sun lotions that are not harmful to the environment and health. Most sunscreens contain toxic chemical products which are not so good and while they help fight sun-relative skin problems, they cause other ones. I recently discovered the brand Thank Me Later which is environment-friendly. Totally love the packaging!! And I can say that the product inside is just as good! I finished mine within a couple of weeks (the smell was just so good I had to re-apply it all the time), I can’t wait for the new order I placed to arrive. You can find a more detailed review here!

5. Expose yourself progressively

This is one of the major rules for a deeeep, long lasting tan. And to protect your skin. If you first expose yourself for hours long, you will most likely get sunburnt and your skin will peel! Not very sexy. And you could eventually get skin cancer. Not sexy either. So, try to expose yourself progressively by making numerous short tanning sessions!

6. Take a break

Seek for shadow and take some breaks! Let your skin cool down for a while will reduce burning risks. Use this break to reapply sunscreen, drink water, eat a fruit… 

7. The daily tanning limit

After a certain number of exposure hours, your body reaches a point where it cannot produce any more melanin. On average, your body can tan for two to three hours per day, so no need to stay exposed longer!

8. Use natural oils

Olive oil - Perfect tan

Some natural oils can help achieve a deeper tan while protecting your skin! The best oils for this purpose are coconut oil, olive oil, hazelnut oil, sunflower oil and sesame oil. These oils will help you get a golden glow while improving your skin’s elasticity and keeping it moisturized. You can even mix them together for greater results! Buy them separately or try a natural oil such as BaliBody which I love! Best way to use natural oils: apply 30 minutes before heading to the beach to let the oil penetrate into your skin. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on top!

9. Keep the salted water on

It is said that sea salt can help you get tanned quicker as it attracts the sunlight onto your skin. So, don’t dry your skin when you get out of the sea and don’t go straight to the showers!

10. Change position often

Change position often so the sun reaches every centimetre of your skin. Nothing better for a uniform tan!

And last but not least

Drink water

Always hydrate your skin during daytime and at night for skin regeneration! Drink lots of water to keep hydrated from inside and apply cream to keep your skin moisturized. It will only make your skin glow more ✨

Be careful!

Avoid sunbeds! They are really dangerous and don’t provide any vitamin D as the sun does. Finally, do not expose yourself for long hours, especially around lunchtime (12 to 4 pm) when the sun is the brightest and most dangerous!


Do you have any extra tips to achieve the perfect glow? Let me know in the comments section!

Thank you for reading!


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