Have you ever watched the TV show Gypsy Sisters? If you haven’t, you must. If you have, then you know what a hot mess of awesome entertainment it is.
It was during one of these outrageous episodes that the aforementioned gypsy sisters were tanning outside beside their RV. My fave sister Kayla was rubbing herself down with some “high-tech, synthetic oil.”
Oh yes ladies, we’re talking motor oil. The same stuff you pour in your engine to keep it from corroding, was being used for tanning. It was this blatant stupidity that inspired me to write a little article on sun tanning tips and all the Do’s and Don’ts of Tanning.
Starting with a ‘Don’t’ seems like a pretty obvious place to kick things off.
Don’t Apply Motor Oil to Your Body!
Kayla may have looked more tanned than her sisters, but that is because the oil was likely staining her skin; not enhancing melanin production.
What you put on your skin is absorbed and motor oil has potential carcinogens. Tanning is already dangerous enough, let’s not exacerbate it!
Do Apply a Tanning Lotion That Will Benefit Your Skin
The key to a healthy looking tan is maintaining your skin’s moisture. There are several products on the market that are great. One of my faves is Mexitan Tropical Sands Dark Tanning Oil.
It is 100% natural, chemical and paraben free, made with green tea and made from seriously hydrating ingredients.
If you’re looking for the DIY way, then of course I’ve got a recipe for you! All you’ll need is Coconut Oil, Lanolin and a few Black Tea bags. Just click here to my follow my simple steps to Homemade Tanning Lotion!
Don’t Tan Your Face Too Long
Sure you want a golden glow on your face, but spending too much time in the sun without protection won’t do that for you.
What it will do is prematurely age you, likely cause dark spots, deepen fine lines in to wrinkles, give you that horrid leather face look and may lead to melanoma.
Not too sexy of a future, eh? (Yes, I just wrote “eh.” I am Canadian after all and proud aboot it!)
Do Follow My Tips on How To Tan Your Face Properly
Luckily my sun tanning tips for your face are hella-easy, so listen up!
Start with a quick exfoliation to slough away and dead skin cells and bacteria that could be clogging your pores and preventing melanin production.
Now that your face is clear, don’t cover it back up with makeup. Avoid applying any sort of makeup before grabbing some UV rays. Most importantly, limit your exposure to 5-10 minutes MAX.
The skin on your face is the most sensitive and thin so you truly do not need more time than that.
If you want a sunless option, then this post is for you!
Don’t Over-Bake Your Bod
This includes too much UV time, sprayless tans and testing home remedies. Ever watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? Did you catch a good look at one of the Oompa Loompas? That’s what you’ll look like if you don’t PUT DOWN THE TANNING LOTION!
Do Get a Healthy Bronzed Bod
This can be done by moderate self-tanning and even eating your way to a faux-glow. We’ve got the 411 on the best Foods That Tan Your Skin Naturally so be sure to take a look at it and add some of these items to your next grocery list.
Maintaining that sexy summer hue (real or faux) doesn’t have to be complicated. Just be sure to avoid some of the lesser sexy options out there.
And for heavens sake, if you take one thing away from my sun tanning tips, it’s DO NOT take advice from those crazy Gypsy Sisters! *shakes head* Oil your engine ladies, not your skin!
Do you have any sun tanning tips of your own? Share ’em in the comment section below!
But before you leave me to go get your tan on, listen up! V wrote a book allllll about natural at-home tanning called – Getting Baked: Home Remedies for Tanning.
From lotions to oils, self tanners to scrubs she covered it all and the best news is, it’s only four freakin’ dollars! So what are you waiting for? Download your copy and get yo’ tan on gurrrl!