How to Get Really Tanned and Stay Tanned


A great tan makes you look healthy and active, but it can be a lot of work to get tan and stay tanned. Before, all you could do was nix the sunscreen and lay out in the sun all day. However, these days there are some extra options to get tan and stay that way.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby oil
  • Sunscreen
  • Tanning bed
  • Tanning lotion

Find the sun and put on baby oil to tan outside. It's not the safest way to get a tan, as tanning without sunscreen can increase your risk for skin cancer. If you're going to do this, don't plan on staying out for too long.

If you don't have time to sit out in the sun all day, the next best option is to use a tanning bed. Depending on the place, less than an hour in a tanning bed will get you a nice tan (some take only 15 minutes). You'll only have to go tanning using this method once a week, maximum.

Another way to get a tanned look is the spray tan. This is skin coloring that is sprayed on you at a tanning establishment. No UV rays involved means you won't increase your risk of skin cancer and you won't have any tan lines. Basically, you step into a booth and your tan is sprayed on you evenly by machines. More people are starting to use this method to get a natural looking tan that is safe.

Getting to the tanning salon every week might be a bit much, so there's always tanning lotions to stay tanned between trips. You can buy tanning lotions in the lotion sections of stores that sell beauty products. Follow the directions on the bottle for specific application instructions, but generally you'll apply it once a day, or once a week if it's strong.

If you're super busy, buy a tanning bed for your home. Pro Tanner sells individual tanning machines for your own personal use. Basically, it looks like the top of a tanning bed--you can use it while laying on your bed or sitting in a chair. For only $15 per month, this tanning machine can be yours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Repeat any of the options listed here about once a week to stay tanned, or as soon as you see your tan fading.
  • Use at least a low SPF sunscreen when tanning in the sun or in tanning beds. Skin cancer is not something you want.

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