There are a variety of tanning tips that should be followed for the best results if you're in the market for a bronzed body and are interested in tanning. It is helpful to understand not only the process but the pros and cons to tanning.
A tanned skin has become synonymous with healthy, sexy, wealthy, and slim! 'Healthy', because it equates to time being spent outdoors, which is usually seen as good for ones' health. 'Sexy', in that a tanned body is seen as far sexier than a pale skin. This is not the case in some cultures however, where the aim is to keep as pale skinned as possible. Eg Japanese. 'Wealthy' as it implies you have time for lots of recreation outdoors in the sun. 'Slim', just because people believe fat brown skin looks far better and less unsightly than fat white skin.
The real fact is that any tanning of your skin is great in that it provides an excellent source of Vitamin D and as such is extremely healthy. However, it can be bad for your health if not managed properly. The main tanning tip for me here, is that you need to manage your tanning slowly. A slow tan rather than quick means you build your melanin levels up at a pace that your body can keep up with. If too fast, you will end up with a sunburn that not only blasts your tanning out the window, but creates possibilities for skin cancer.
The second most important tanning tip to make note of in my opinion, is to choose a good sunscreen product. By tanning without the use of sun care products, your skin is at the mercy of the ultraviolet rays. The more exposure you give your skin, the higher your chances are of developing premature wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. UV rays break down the collagen in the skin and also remove the hydration and nutrients needed to keep your complexion youthful, firm, and supple - or sexy and slim looking! In order to prevent premature aging and skin damage from the sun, you'll need to pick a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. If you know you burn easily or are fair skinned, you'll want to boost the SPF and go with a product that is labeled SPF 30 or higher to start with. For those that either don't burn easily or hardly burn at all, SPF 15 should be more than enough protection, especially if you take it slowly.
The next important tanning tip is to make sure your sunscreen product protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Protection from UVA is almost more important than UVB in that they penetrate deeper and are believed to have the capability of creating free radicals that can lead to melanomas. UVB is also the one that helps us to create Vitamin D.
Another helpful tanning tip is to remember to reapply your sunscreen throughout the day. Try to make it a point to reapply your sunscreen every two hours when exposed to the sunlight. Each time you sweat, wipe your face, or go swimming and then towel off, your sunscreen is removed or at least compromised, leaving your skin vulnerable. In these cases, reapply far more frequently.
One last tanning tip to adopt is to keep yourself hydrated. Lying out in the sun can increase your body temperature and can lead to dehydration. To prevent this, keep a bottle of cold water next to you at all times. This will keep your body hydrated from the inside.