How To Prepare Your Skin For Tanning


I saw a post about the benefits and issues of sun tanning, so this gave me the idea to write a post that will help get your skin prepared.

There are a number of things you can do to prepare your skin for tanning. It’s not just all laying down on a sunbed or getting sprayed and hoping for the best. There are things you should do at home to prepare. Here are some of those things.


Exfoliating is a wonderful skin treatment that you should be doing whether you’re preparing for a tan or not. It’s especially helpful with a tan because the drier and more damaged parts of your skin will attract more color and can leave your skin looking blotchy and the tan uneven. The goal is to get rid of the dead and damaged skin with exfoliation. It is also important if you want to get dewy skin.


Shaving is especially vital if you’re getting a spray tan, but can be helpful even with a sunbed or sunbathing. You can’t shave for a short time after getting a tan because it can damage it. So you need to shave off any unwanted hair before you get the tan. It won’t grow much by the time you can shave freely again so you don’t need to worry about your hair attacking you while you recover.

Eating Right

Yes it’s possible to eat right even in preparation for getting a tan. You want to make sure that you eat properly in the month leading up to prolonged sun exposure. This is eating things like fresh fruit and vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes, and other greens. They are filled with lots of essential vitamins that the skin needs. It’s also important to stay hydrated before, during, and after sun exposure.

Protect Your Skin

Using the right sunscreen for your skin and how long you plan to be out in the sun is the difference between a sun tan and a sun burn. Sun burns are dangerous for your health and what you definitely want to avoid. Who wants to look red anyway? What you want to be is the healthy brown associated with a tan. So make sure to apply sunscreen. There’s no need to ruin your skin in the pursuit of beauty.

Pick The Right Clothing

Picking the right clothing is good for both sunbathers, sunbedders, and spray tanners. If you’re going out in the sun you want something that covers you up enough. Too much and you get weird tan lines though. So be careful. With beds and especially with sprays you’re going to be nude a lot of the time. But you can’t go home like that can you? While some people prefer to just stay nude until the tanning solution dries up not everyone has the option to do that. So take some very baggy clothes with you when you get a spray tan.

They aren’t sexy by any means, but they will protect your tan. It doesn’t help that some spray tans stain clothes anyway. The baggier the better as the least contact your clothes have with your tan the better.

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