Best Time To Tan: Tanning Schedule Ideas For Summer!

By Patricia Rios

Protecting your skin from the sun is essential for a healthy tan. Here’s what you need to know about sunscreen and safe tanning:

Choosing the Right Sunscreen

How often to apply sunscreen?

  • Apply every two hours: Reapply sunscreen regularly, especially if you’re swimming or sweating.
    • Carry a travel-sized bottle of sunscreen with you for easy reapplication throughout the day.
    • Set a timer on your phone to remind yourself to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours.

What are the types of sunscreen?

  • Inorganic sunblockers: These contain minerals like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which physically block UV rays.
    • Look for sunscreens with these ingredients for effective protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Organic sunscreens: These contain chemicals like avobenzone or oxybenzone, which absorb UV rays.
    • Choose organic sunscreens if you prefer a lighter texture that absorbs easily into the skin.

What does FPS mean?

  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF): Indicates how well sunscreen protects against UVB radiation.
    • Choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher for adequate protection.
    • Remember, SPF only measures protection against UVB rays, so make sure your sunscreen offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Can not using sunscreen cause cancer?

  • Yes: Sunscreen helps prevent skin damage and reduces the risk of skin cancer.
    • Protect yourself from UVA rays by using broad-spectrum sunscreen regularly.
    • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to often overlooked areas like your ears, neck, and tops of your feet.

When is the best time to tan?

  • Morning and late afternoon: Aim to tan before 10 am or after 4 pm for less intense sun exposure.
    • Hydrate your skin with moisturizer before tanning to keep it healthy and supple.
    • Eat foods rich in beta-carotene, like carrots and sweet potatoes, to enhance your skin’s natural protection against UV damage.

What to do if you’ve spent too much time in the sun?

  • After-sun care: Soothe sunburned skin with after-sun gels or aloe vera.
    • Apply aloe vera gel directly to sunburned areas for instant relief and hydration.
    • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and aid in the healing process.

By following these simple tips, you can enjoy a beautiful tan while keeping your skin healthy and protected. Remember to prioritize sun safety whenever you’re out in the sun, and don’t forget to reapply sunscreen regularly for optimal protection.


Patricia Rios

I have been writing makeup and beauty content for more than ten years. My passion is to uplift you, my reader, to feel better about yourself.

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