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How to Make Your Tan Exactly as You Want for Light & Dark Skin

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We declare ourselves happy! Finally, we can manage the bronze shade, and we can decide its intensity even when returning from vacation. 

If you want your light skin to stay the same after long walks on the seafront, you can do it. 

Likewise, if you just want a light golden hue or an intense caramel bronze, it’s just as simple. And if you have olive skin and you don’t want to darken it too much, you only have to learn to use some key products. 

The secret is to control the production of melanin (skin pigment) and maintain the perfect bronze intensity. 

It may seem not very easy, but it is simpler than you think if you follow some practical tips.

What to do to avoid tanning

Avoiding tanning in the vacancy can be challenging, but with the right products, and tips, you can get what you want.

How to avoid tanning if you have light skin

You have to keep in mind two words: protection and hydration. 

It’s crucial to support the skin’s hydro-lipid barrier to avoid, as the temperature rises, the skin’s capillaries weaken, and it becomes excessively red. 

Two weeks before the holiday, you should start applying moisturizers with antioxidants and bioflavonoids (to increase the elasticity of the capillaries). We recommend this Origins Antioxidant Moisturizer with white tea.

On the beach, always apply very high protection products and, preferably, in the most creamy and emollient textures, like this one from Neutrogena. Don’t forget to reapply the protection every two hours or after contact with water (even if the formula is waterproof). 

Always, for the face, use specialized textures, for instance, Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion is super popular, and dermatologists recommended.

Also, it would be better if you replace the shower In the evening with a bath in the bathtub — it will diminish the melanin effect.

How to avoid tanning if you have dark skin

In this case, the amount of melanin in the tissues is higher.

To avoid tanning, you must control its action. 

Two weeks before the holiday, apply a vitamin C, exfoliating, and depigmenting treatment on the face and body every night. This serum from Evagloss does an excellent job!

Once at the beach, use an SPF 50+ in the first week, then an SPF 30 to give the skin a pleasant glow, without letting it darken too much. 

Ferulic acid is also a secret to reducing tan — ask about it in pharmacies. 

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In the evening, use gentle exfoliating products.

What to do for a moderate tan

To keep a moderate tan is all about being balanced in terms of sun exposure and sun protection.

If you have light skin

The secret is to start with short exposures to the sun at the right time interval (never at noon). 

After that, you can gradually decrease the SPF value. In the first three days (because this is how much time the production of melanin takes to activate), it is good to use SPF 50, then lower the values, but not below 20. 

Clean your skin with oil-based formulas to avoid dehydration and don’t forget about an after-beach product with an illuminating effect.

If you have dark skin

You have to bet on an SPF 30 every time you go out in the sun. 

Then, it would help if you take as many baths in the sea as possible — experts say that sea salt has a mild exfoliating action, which cleans pores and helps oxygenate the skin. 

In the evening, to keep the tan even and to avoid the unsightly accumulation of melanin, alternate the scrub with emollient cleaning products. We suggest you try L’Occitane Softening Shower Cream.

What to do for an intense tan

Not that is healthy for the skin, but an intense tan is sexy — yes, we admit! With proper care, it’s easy to obtain a fantastic tan for all summer long.

If you have light skin

You need to help your skin produce more melanin. You can take supplements or organize your diet to benefit from extra beta-carotene (precursor of vitamin A). 

The higher the concentration of beta-carotene in the body, the easier it is for the skin to tan and become more resistant to the sun’s action. 

Once you reach the beach, it’s good to always start with an SPF 50, no matter how great the temptation and joy of a faster tan. You can then gradually lower the value of the protection, reaching up to a minimum of 15 after a week. 

Are you so white that you still turn red? Then you have to cover yourself with a T-shirt and a hat — if you get sunburnt, all the effort will be in vain. 

A few hours a day are enough to get a tan; it’s essential to be patient and persevering. 

Another tip: always keep a spray of thermal water on hand, which you can spray on your face and body. 

It contains omega-6, which supports the skin’s resistance. But be careful — after each spray, the thermal water should be lightly tapped with a napkin. 

In the evening, to intensify the color, use a product after the beach with a self-tanning effect. Check out this one with organic & natural ingredients.

If you have dark skin

You will not encounter difficulties in obtaining an intense tan, but you must keep in mind that protection, even if it’s lower, is a must. 

If you tan quickly, it does not mean that you are safe from premature aging caused by ultraviolet light, and you must be careful. 

For the same reason, don’t forget to thoroughly moisturize your skin and protect it with a more generous sunscreen.


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The information from this article is not entirely medical-grade level and should not be treated as a substitute for medical advice from your doctor. No one will know you, your medical history, the meds you’ve taken or are taking, your sensitivities and drug interactions, allergic reactions, and your lifestyle, but your doctor does.

Amanda Blake
Amanda Blake
Amanda Blake is a passionate woman sharing experience as a beauty advisor and content writer for over 5 years. Merging all the passion with much work, she established Women's Concept community, a place where women can seek and share everything about beauty and personal care.
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