So, the last time I got a proper tan I was probably... um, eleven or twelve years old? Back then, it was completely unintentional. I just ran around outside until I got tired and freckled. Then, after a particularly bad burn and a bout of skin cancer in the family, I started staying out of the sun. I've been various shades of ivory and lily white ever since.
My question for y'all is this:
How do I tan!?
And by that I mean: safely, gradually, and without major sunburn. How long per day? What time? Etc.
Alright, ladies and gents, go forth and hack my skin.
I lay out midway on the weekends and late afternoon on the weekdays. 10-12 min each side.
Of course, everyone is very different depending on all kinds of factors, including melanin in your skin and VitD etc etc. Some people tan VERY easily and very quickly. Others are "hard tanners", like muscle building. (hard gainers).
Don't burn. So find what timeframe works for you. I recommend a gradual increase upwards, meaning be conservative at first until you know what your skin can handle. Small incremental exposures is much better than longer one shot attempts to get darker. The more you skin gets used to the sun without burning, the more resistant to burning you'll become, and you'll see a nice tan come about slowly.
Start out with maybe 5 minutes of full sun exposure - no sun screen.
If you burn, that was too long. Decrease the time and try again.
If you see no (or a little difference), increase the time.
The more you do it, the longer you'll be able to stay out.
ETA: I also opt to lay out in the middle of the day, around 12:00 or so. This coincides nicely with my kids' nap time on the weekends.
work outside. Either by doing your workout or gardening. I didn't have beautiful tan this summer (I work in Ag so read "farmers tan") but it's how our paleolithic partners in crime got their sun. I realize that you probably work an office job, so what if you took your workout outside? Whatever you do indoors take it outdoors, half an hour of sun right there. Typically, I assume that whatever you do with your kids or other responsibilities(mr. Blackberry if you're that type) will manage as well by you being outside as inside.
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