One of the biggest reasons women go for a bandeau bikini is so they can avoid tan lines on their neck and shoulders, but there are good ways and bad ways to go about tanning.  If you practice proper tanning techniques, you can enjoy a lovely shade of tan all year round without sacrificing your skin.


Sunless Tanning Methods

There are a few different alternatives when it comes to sunless tanning.  These products should always be applied after you exfoliate in the shower and rub down with a light layer of moisturizer first in order to help the product absorb equally on your skin.

Self-tanners and bronzers are one of the least expensive ways to go, but you have to be sure to use a reliable, natural looking product.  There are gels, creams, and sprays on the market that all have good results, with the most highly regarded being those that offer gradual tanning for a more natural look.  Some varieties are specifically marketed for the face or the body while others are for both areas.  Be sure you take note as to which you’re applying otherwise you could end up with less than favorable results.

Spray tanning or airbrushing is another popular alternative with at-home products and salons that offer the service.  Whether you tan easily or you are the palest of pale, you can enjoy an all-over tan look year round by frequently applying a spray-on tanning product.  These products generally last between 5 days and two weeks depending on the shade of tan used and your particular skin.  It is a great way to get a tan right before you head off on a mid-winter vacation, and it is totally safe for your skin.  Take heed, though, frequent exposure to pool water can affect how long a spray tan lasts.

For the sake of your skin, please try to avoid hitting the tanning bed!


Natural Tanning

For some people, there is no substitute for tanning through natural sun exposure.  The warmth is captivating for some, and the good news is that it is possible to safely tan outside basking in the warm glow of the sun.  The most important thing is to always remember to wear sunscreen, and yes, it is possible to tan while wearing sunscreen.  Here is a guideline for which SPF to use for your skin type.

  • Fair Skin (Burns quickly with very little to no tanning afterwards): Use SPF 20 to 30 or higher..
  • Light Skin (May burn moderately but eventually tans with gradual exposure): Use SPF 8 to 12 or higher.
  • Medium Skin (Only burns minimally and tanning happens most often): Use SPF 4 to 8 or higher.
  • Dark (Rarely burns, almost always turning a dark brown shade): Use SPF 2 to 4 or higher.

While sunscreen is the most important aspect to safely tanning outdoors, liberal use of after-sun moisturizer is critical to maintaining young, healthy skin, as is proper hydration from the inside.  So be sure to take your water bottle with you whether you are tanning at the beach, in your backyard, or poolside at your neighborhood clubhouse.

Taking good care of your skin now, in your tanning years, will ensure that you look good and stay healthy in your later years.  You can safely maintain an attractive glow if you just use proper tanning techniques.