There’s plenty of reasons to love the sun! It helps us top up those all-important vitamin D levels, it boosts the serotonin in our bodies making us feel better and of course, it can leave our skin with a beautiful glow. If you’re all about that tanning life and want to know how to tan faster (but also safely) this summer, read on for top tips on how to enhance your tan without damaging your skin.
Sunscreen is a Must
If you think that forgoing applying sunscreen is the fastest way to get a tan, think again! Never put a golden glow before sun protection even if you don’t burn easily as the suns UV rays can still cause your skin to age prematurely and put you at risk of skin cancer.
Instead, opt for a broad-spectrum SPF30 sunscreen with a 5*UVA rating to ensure you are protected from all angles!
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Know Your Tanning Times
Choosing the time you tan could be the difference between achieving a gorgeous glow or a sore sunburn! The sun is usually at its strongest between 10am and 3pm, so if you are exposed at this time ensure your skin is fully protected and you take regular breaks in the shade. Shade may seem counter productive in the quest for a tan but reducing the UV intensity you’re sitting in from time to time means you’ll be healthier, and your tan will be longer lasting.
Faux That Glow
If you’re a premier member of the pale skin club and find it difficult to develop a tan, don’t worry - there’s nothing wrong with giving your skin a helping hand by applying fake tan. But remember, fake tan offers no sun protection whatsoever so always apply your SPF when you’re out in the sunshine.
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Eat Sun Friendly Foods
There are lots of fresh foods out there that can help you enjoy a tan for longer. The most commonly talked about one is carrots, as they are said to assist the production of melanin in your skin, while tomatoes and strawberries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants to help protect your skin and fight against dehydration. We’re also fond of polyphenols, a group of antioxidants that can help protect against damage caused by the sun, which can be found in dark chocolate and a broad range of berries. Fruit salad, anyone?
Go for Gummies
Do you want a luminous look with zero tan lines and no fake tan faff? Well, welcome the utan Tan Gummies into your beauty routine! These cute little bear shaped chewable-skin capsules are packed with the vitamins your skin needs to look fabulous in the sun, including beta-carotene, vitamin C and zinc. When you pop a gummy in your mouth, it is quickly absorbed through the membrane in the inside walls of your cheeks, working to protect the skin, helping with the formation of collagen and the maintenance of normal skin pigmentation. Plus, they also act as a tan accelerator by stimulating and enhancing the skin’s melanin production. We know what’s going on our summer wish-list!
Do you want to spend less time in the sun but still achieve a deep, dark, golden tan? Sounds fab, right? Well that's exactly what Aussie brand The Fox Tan allows you to do! Their range of tan accelerating products have been formulated with active and exclusive ingredients to increase the melanin levels in your skin. The results? The realest tan ever! Their products help to get your skin prepped for time in the sun, so it's best to start using the range in the run up to your sun sesh and remember, they're not to be used in place of an SPF (they contain no protection at all) so always apply sun cream when you're settling into tan!
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Post-Sun Skin Protection
Lastly, before we let you glow-getters get your tan on, remember that maintaining a gorgeous glow doesn’t just happen when you’re poolside. At the end of your tanning sesh, hop in the shower to increase the longevity of your golden glow and then slather your skin with a nourishing after sun to prevent peeling and to keep you skin looking and feeling healthy, smooth and vibrant.