What is the best way to build a base tan? There are a few steps that will quickly speed up your first tan. Here are a few things to consider:
The first lotion you want to look for is a beginning tanning lotion or base tan builder. These typically have high levels of moisturizer and the right levels of accelerators for your skin type. There are many lotion brands on the market, most are found at professional salons. Some popular brands with long established names are Tan Incorporated Brown Sugar, Most Products, Supre, Hempz and Hoss Sauce Ultra Dark, Hemperor, Ultimate Carbon and others which are on our top 10 list. Look for a lotion that specifies base tan or accelerator when browsing.
The next consideration is your tanning bed. It’s very important not to overdo your tanning sessions. Don’t stay in more than the recommendations and don’t tan every day. In fact we find that the best range is no more than every other day and no more than 3 times per week. Always give your skin time in between tans to build your tan. Always avoid burning or overexposure but if you happen to burn then stop tanning until fully healed. Some people believe they have to burn to tan but this is very counterproductive and not a healthy choice for your skin. You can actually build up a resistance by burning and make tanning harder.
A great way to give your tan a boost is through a moisturizer for tanners. This will do two things, first of all you will be moisturizing your skin and keeping it healthy. Healthy skin tans faster and holds a tan longer. Secondly a moisturizer for tanners will contain accelerators such as L-Tyrosine that will help keep your skin prepared to maximize your tanning session. It’s best to use this moisturizer in place of your daily moisturizer first thing in the morning after bathing and at night before bed.
Another secret weapon in building a base tan quickly is Tan Enhancer Pills which are made of the Amino Acid L-Tyrosine. Some see as much as a 40% boost by taking Tan Enhancers daily. Sun West Tan Enhancer Pills Extra Strength is a well known brand.
It’s also a good idea to use a mild body wash rather than a harsh soap to preserve your tan longer. Sun Sauce makes one specifically designed for this purpose. Your tan goes away as the skin exfoliates. Drying soaps speed up the process.
Don’t forget your eye-wear and have a great time tanning! Please comment below to add questions or even more information for readers!