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Get a tan faster: Ingenious tips and tricks for the perfect tan!

Summer is finally here and we can wear our feminine skirts, shorts and sandals again. But at the latest when we put on our favorite dress for the first time, we notice that our skin has become quite sallow over the winter. A golden complexion really makes us glow and even light-colored clothes simply come out much better with tanned skin. Sometimes we lie in the sun all day, only to find out in the evening that it was all for nothing and our skin is still snow-white – does this scenario sound familiar? Yet many underestimate the power of the sun’s rays and get sunburn instead of a nice glow. Although it seems the easiest thing to do is roast yourself for hours in the blazing heat, this is not a good idea and sun protection is an absolute must in the summer! Okay, so how can we even get the healthiest and quickest tan possible? We’ve done some research for you and reveal the best tips and tricks for getting a beautiful tan!

Why don’t I get a tan?

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Women in particular want a golden complexion in the summer. But while some of us only need to see the sun to get a tan, for others nothing happens even after hours of sunbathing. Why is that and could you do something about it? The tan is actually a kind of “self-defense” of our body against the harmful UV rays. When the UV light hits the uppermost horny layer, it thickens and forms the so-called light calluses. And if the UV rays penetrate even deeper into the skin, the pigment melanin is formed – this namely shows up as brownish colorations. How brown we get depends mainly on the number of pigment cells in the skin – the more of them there are and the more finely distributed the cells are, the more intense the tan.

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The number and distribution of pigment cells depend on the type of skin. If you have fair skin, then you most likely have very few melanin cells and you should not stress your skin with excessive sunbathing. In order for you to tan faster, it would be more effective if you lay in the sun for a longer period of time for 10-15 minutes each time. Women with dark skin, on the other hand, almost never or rarely get sunburned and 30-40 minutes of sun exposure without sunscreen is still within the healthy range.

Get a tan faster: Do not forget the sunscreen!

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Many people are under the misconception that not using sunscreen is the best way to get a tan faster. However, this is totally wrong and a sunscreen is an absolute must for everyone! After all, you don’t want to harm your skin, you want to make it glow, right? Even if you don’t burn easily, you still need to use sunscreen. Don’t underestimate the power of UV rays, because they prematurely age the skin and, in the worst case, can even lead to skin cancer. Actually, the sun protection factor only extends the skin’s self-protection time by the factor indicated on the package. For example, if you can lie unprotected in the sun for 10 minutes, an SPF 30 will extend this time to 300 minutes (10 minutes x 30) – provided you have applied sunscreen well.

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In addition, sunscreens stimulate melanin production, which in turn makes for a darker and faster tan. So if you’ve been avoiding sunscreen until now, we can reassure you: Tanning with cream is not only healthier, it lasts longer and simply looks better. Approximately 30 to 40 minutes before sunbathing, it is therefore important to apply the appropriate protection to the body. However, it is important to use the right cream for your skin type. And don’t forget to apply a lip balm with a sun protection factor – our lips also become chapped and dry from the sun. And a little insider tip from us: so that you are admired for your golden complexion weeks after your vacation, move your deck chair rather into the shade. A shadow tan is actually more even and lasts longer. What’s more, the sun doesn’t blind us as much in the shade, so we can relax in peace and enjoy an ice-cold cocktail.

Self-tanner for a beautiful and healthy complexion

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Beach vacation canceled this year or the next summer trip is still a long way off? Don’t worry – you too can get a tan faster and do it from the comfort of your own home! The magic word: self-tanner. These products are an absolute gift for anyone who wants a beautiful complexion without having to set foot in the sun. Moreover, they are a quick and, above all, healthier alternative to the solarium. We owe this effect to the substance dihydroxyacetone (DHA) contained in them. This is a simple carbohydrate that occurs naturally in our body. DHA reacts with the amino acids and proteins of the skin cells of the uppermost skin layer and stimulates the natural melanin production of the skin. This produces the tan, which varies in intensity depending on the product and the concentration of DHA.

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It usually takes between 3 and 12 hours to achieve the final tan. So be patient! The most difficult part of using self-tanners is to distribute the product evenly on the skin, otherwise small spots may appear. To achieve this, we recommend using a special tanning mitt for application and applying moisturizer to more callused areas like elbows and knees beforehand. Focus on hard-to-reach areas or ask for some help if needed. From lotions to creams to sprays, the selection of self-tanners is now vast, so you’re sure to find the perfect product. But beware: self-tanners do not protect the skin from UV rays and sun protection is still a must!

Get a tan faster with the right diet

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Yes, you read that right! The food we eat can also help us tan faster. With the right means, the body is not only better prepared for the sun, but in addition begins to tan the skin from the inside completely without UV rays. Scientific studies have already confirmed that regular consumption of foods rich in beta-carotene and lycopene stimulates melanin production in cells and protects the skin from free radicals. If you consume about 30 mg of beta-carotene daily over a longer period of time, the skin will tan visibly and the pigment will also serve as a natural sunscreen.

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To help you tan faster through diet, include the following foods in your diet 3 to 4 weeks in advance. And if you are not a big fan of vegetables, then you can resort to beta-carotene capsules.

  • Carrots and sweet potatoes bring particularly much beta-carotene, which is well recognizable by the bright orange color. They also have an anti-inflammatory effect and ensure beautiful and radiant skin.
  • Oranges, apricots, strawberries, honeydew melons and mangoes also score high in beta-carotene and contain plenty of vitamin A. And as a smoothie, they are especially refreshing in the summer.
  • Herbs such as watercress, fennel and parsley also help to create a healthy and natural complexion.

Treat yourself to a peeling

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To be able to tan faster, the right preparation is the key. You can only get a beautiful and even complexion if your skin is nice and smooth. A gentle body scrub is best for this to remove all the dead skin cells. However, it will make your skin a bit more sensitive and prone to sunburn. For this reason, we recommend that you exfoliate 3 to 4 days before going out in the sun. Whether you use drugstore products for this or make your own body scrub is up to you. If you have sensitive skin and don’t want to use exfoliants, you can use a gentle exfoliating glove or sponge.

Get into the water for a great tan!

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Have you ever wondered why water people always have such a beautiful complexion? Well, it’s because water reflects the sun’s rays additionally. So in order to get a tan faster, you should jump into the water or lightly moisturize your skin in between. Or how about floating on an air mattress? Sounds pretty tempting, doesn’t it? However, keep in mind that the sun’s rays are especially intense in the water and the risk of sunburn is increased. That’s why it’s important to be careful and use a waterproof sunscreen.

Get a tan faster with exercise

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Okay, we admit – we tend to associate the beach with relaxation and recreation rather than workout. However, it has been scientifically proven that sports and exercise can help us tan faster. By the way, you also do something good for your figure! Sports activities stimulate blood circulation and keep the skin moist, which in turn provides a beautiful golden tan. A long walk, a short workout or playing beach volleyball with friends – the possibilities are almost endless and you can choose anything you enjoy the most.

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