How to Get a Tan Without Burning?

Updated at: Nov 26, 2019
How to Get a Tan Without Burning?

Let’s take a look at how to tan safely to get a healthy glow without burning. 

Arushi Bidhuri
Skin CareWritten by: Arushi BidhuriPublished at: Jul 12, 2012

Is tan a bad idea for you? What harm could a little bit of tan probably do? While we all love a bit of a tan, the consequences of too much sun exposure can’t be denied. There is a risk of burning the skin, which increases your risk of developing skin cancer. You should know that the body gets a perfect tan after the harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays pierce your skin and damage your DNA. However, a moderate amount of sunbathing may not be dangerous if you properly take care of your skin. To safeguard your skin and protect it from skin cancer, premature ageing and burning, you need to be careful. 

Let’s take a look at how to tan safely to get a healthy glow without burning. 

Avoid Sunbeds

Don’t trust the salons that tell you that they will give you a safe tan with a sunbed. Sunbeds give out harmful UV rays, which can mess with your DNA and lead to skin cancer. Using a sunbed to get a tan is no better than tanning in the sun. 

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Apply Sunscreen 

Sunscreen protects you from some harmful UVA and UVB rays while allowing some of the sun’s rays to penetrate that give you some tan. Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 fifteen minutes before going outside. A sunscreen with SPF 30 blocks up to 97 per cent of the dangerous UV rays. Reapply sunscreen every two hours to avoid sunburns. Especially if you are doing an activity that makes you sweat a lot. 

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Limit your Tanning Time 

Your body can produce melanin (the tanning pigment) to a certain point. Everyone has their melanin limit – recognise it and go inside when you do. If you stay beyond this point, you subjecting your body to the risk of burning and other problems. 

Take Shade 

Lounging by the pool all day is pointless if you end up burning your body instead of getting the perfect tan. So, take a break to decrease the impact of the UV rays and make your tan healthier and safer. Especially if you notice that your skin is getting red, cover the area up and go inside. 

How to get tan without burning

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Fake the Tan 

It's better to fake the tan than being sunburned. Self-tanners will give you a natural tanned look without damaging your skin and putting you at risk of so many diseases. Go for a spray tan before your next brunch to look your best without putting yourself at risk of getting burnt or you can use one at home.

A word…

There is no safe tanning as such. Tanning exposes you to some risks, some of which are irrecoverable. Even if you are willing to risk it, you should take the necessary precautions to reduce the damage as much as possible. You can go for a spray tan for a risk-free tanned look or you can do it at home by trying out some home remedies.

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