Best Sunbathing Tips For a Safe Tan

Let’s face it, no one likes to be sunburnt. In addition, no one wants permanent skin damage or even worse, skin cancer. Believe it or not, there are safe ways to lie in the sun all day and work on your tan. I have 5 great tips for safe sunbathing!

I just got back from a week in Seaside, FL where my husband and I had a much-needed getaway. We are lucky that we have a family home in Seaside which we can use when it isn’t occupied with vacationers. Thanks to COVID-19, the beach house had been empty and waiting to be filled with laughter. So we hit the road and drove close to 10 hours to spend a week in paradise. It was fabulous.

I honestly think that this was my first ever beach trip where I didn’t get sunburnt. I did not even peel in the slightest amount! For the most part, my skin tans pretty well and I don’t have to worry about terrible sunburns, but my skin will usually start to appear very dry and end up peeling in certain areas like my shoulders and face. How was this trip so much different from all my other beach trips? Well, it’s easy… I applied sunscreen… and lots of it. But it’s not that simple… there are several types of sunscreen so it’s about purchasing the right one and applying at the right times. Here are my 5 sunbathing tips for achieving a safe & sexy tan:

  1. Use a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.

    Do NOT and I repeat- DO NOT- use a sunscreen that doesn’t have AT LEAST 30 SPF. The sun is so much stronger than we think. UVA & UVB rays penetrate our skin every time we are out in the sun. In turn, our skin defends itself by producing more melanin which results in a tan or worse, a sunburn. When I really want to feel protected from a sunburn, I will use 50 SPF on my body and 70 SPF on my face and neck. Always reapply sunscreen every two hours and also after swimming.
  2. Wear a hat.

    I can’t tell you how many times my scalp would burn which would lead to it being flaky like I had dandruff… I know, gross! I’ve never been a huge hat person in general but while sitting in the sun all afternoon, hats are a must. What’s not to love about a big stylish, floppy hat? The hat I was wearing in this pic is from Treasure & Bond… The suit is from Everything But Water.
  3. Hydrate hydrate hydrate!

    On a normal day we are supposed to drink eight 8oz glasses of water a day, but on a day when you are sunbathing, you should drink more. Drinking water while sunbathing is very important as it re-hydrates the body and helps combat against skin damage. I know it can be easy to drink one too many margaritas or frosé, but just remember to chug water after every alcoholic beverage if you are drinking.
  4. Have protective clothing on hand.

    If you feel a burn coming on, put on a shirt or shorts or whatever you may have on hand! I recommend always having a swim cover-up or t-shirt just in case your skin starts to feel tingly.
  5. Moisturize!

    When in doubt, moisturizing is key. Not only will moisturizing your skin lead to an even, smooth tan but it will also ensure that your skin doesn’t peel after being in the sun all day. I like to use a combo of a skin oil and lotion. Pictured is one of my absolute favorite skin oils, Shiva Rose Nectar Body Oil, from The Detox Market. I like to mix the body oil with Jergen’s Natural Glow lotion to extend my tan.

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