How to Get an Even Tan


Many people enjoy the relaxing experience of getting a good tan. You feel rejuvenated and more attractive when your skin is bronze, but do not stress if your tan is not perfect. You can improve your tanning experience by combining both indoor and outdoor tanning and by using good moisturizers and oils. It is important to tan indoors first to get a good base. Above all, protect yourself from the sun, and then have fun soaking up the rays.

Things You'll Need

  • Moisturizer
  • Tanning oil
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuit

Maximize your tan by adding a special tanning moisturizer before each session. Use the moisturizer all over your body, including areas like elbows, knees, feet, and especially hard to reach places like your back. You do not want your skin to appear uneven or splotchy.

Stay alert and move around in your tanning bed, no matter how much you just want to relax. Remove the neck pillow they provide so that your neck gets a good solid base too. If you are in a traditional lay down bed, try bending your knees so that your feet will become evenly tanned as well. Move your arms and legs away from your body so that both the outer and inside parts of them will be evenly bronze. Remember to flip over around half way through your session so that both sides of your body will be sizzling brown.

Supplement your indoor tanning experience with some outdoor tanning time. The natural UV rays and the ability to position yourself any way you need to will help tan the difficult areas like shoulders and feet. The direct sunlight will help even your tan out, and it is important to vary exposure to both types of tanning.

Start off slowly by using a sunscreen with SPF 15 and only laying out for 1 to 2 hours for your first session of the summer, working yourself up to about 4 hours.

Protect yourself from the sun. If you are used to the sun, you might try switching to a tanning oil with SPF in it, such as Hawaiian Tropics SPF 6 spray-on tanning oil, which not only moisturizes your skin while enhancing your tan, but it protects you from the sun. You should wear a stronger SPF on your face and sunglasses with UV protection to shield your eyes.

Wear a swimsuit that will help minimize tan lines. If you tanned indoors with only your underwear on, you have more flexibility whether you want to wear a bikini or a one piece. What you wear also depends on whether you are tanning on your private deck or at a public beach. You should remove the straps of your suit to help even out the tan on your shoulders and wear sunscreen on your entire body, except under your suit, to help even out existing tan lines.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always tan indoors first to get a good base to prevent burning.

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