Since posting a lot of tan pictures on Instagram lately, Julia and I have been getting a lot questions about how we get so tan and if we have a tanning secret. Thus, I am going to share my top 5 tips on how to get a nice tan in this blogpost.
1. Go out in the sun
Duuuhhh, this is an obvious one. But to be honest, a lot of people think that by lying in the shade all day they will get a tan. Nope. Go lie in the sunshine, do some watersports, move around- this will help you get your desired tan quickly.
My tip: start tanning at home before your vacation. If the sun happens to shine in Munich (which had become a rare occurrence) I make sure to sit outside on my balcony and read a book to soak up that Vitamin D and slowly get my skin used to the sunshine.
“tanning isn’t rocket science“
2. Choose your protection wisely
Here comes a tricky one: you don’t want to put a sunscreen with a too high SPF or a too low SPF on your skin. If it is too high, you will obviously come home pale as white wall from your holiday. If it is too low on the other hand you are going to risk becoming burnt, which will kick you out of the tanning game for a couple of days and will leave you looking like a lobster: not very sexy.
3. Tan by the water or the beach
Snow, water and sand are all surfaces that reflect the UV radiation from the sun, thus increasing your UV exposure and making you tanned more quickly. If you are looking to get a tan fast, lie on the beach or by the pool whilst tanning.
4. Use coconut oil
A Balinese woman once told me that coconut oil is the secret for a nice, deep tan. Ever since I have been using it on my body from time to time to achieve a darker tan. Furthermore, it is great because it replenishes the moisture that the sun takes from your skin. Be careful though: it can get a little messy and oily and NEVER EVER use it on your face if you have acne prone skin like I do.
“I used to be extremely pale as a child, but thanks to travelling and being out in the sun my skin is now naturally a darker colour.“
5. Don’t scrub your skin
Once you have developed a nice tan you will want it to last and not fade away too quickly. In order for this to happen there are two things you should do: 1) Don’t use any scrubs on your skin, since they will take off the top layer of old, tanned skin cells, bringing new “white” skin cells to the surface. 2) Keep your skin moisturized.
Get that tanned beach bum 😉
To be perfectly honest with you tanning isn’t rocket science and it is actually pretty straight forward: you go out into the sun, the UV light stimulates your melanin production which then makes your skin darker.
For some people it is way easier to get a tan than for others. If you have rather light skin- don’t worry! I used to be extremely pale as a child, but thanks to continually travelling and being out in the sun a lot, my skin has gotten very used to the sunshine and is now naturally a darker colour and very resistant to sunburns.
To end this post I just want to touch on the “fear of sunshine” that is being hammered into our brains by the cosmetics and sunscreen industry. Obviously you don’t want to overdo it and look like tan mom, so make sure to keep your tanning activity within boundaries and your skin healthy. Sunshine is so good for your body and your mind so stop being scared of it and hiding under your umbrella and sunhat. Rather go out and soak up the sunshine and Vitamin D for a short time than not at all.
I hope you all have a great summer and get that nice, healthy tan!