After 6 months of being super white (I didn’t make it to the beach this winter) I finally have a tan. After just a few sessions at the pool/beach I’m already pretty bronzed. It’s surprising to me that my skin tans so easily because (to my knowledge) my heritage is Irish, Czechoslovakian, and German. Anyway, I’m happy for this and over the years I’ve perfected how to get a tan and how to keep it all summer without peeling.
This may not work for people who burn easily or have really fair skin, but I think it will help most regardless — you just have to know what level to do it at.
I know most dermatologists will tell you not to go in the sun more than 20 minutes a day and always wear sunscreen and hats etc. And they are doctors, not me. But I know a lot of you will do whatever you want anyway so here’s how I think I (fairly safely) get a good deep tan and keep it all summer.
HOW TO GET & KEEP A TAN THIS SUMMER
1 // Try to see the sun during the winter.
I think it’s best when your skin doesn’t forget about the sun. I live in DC so it’s basically impossible to have most of your skin “see the sun” in the winter so if you live somewhere that has winter, then if you can I’d try to book a few warm weather vacations throughout the winter. In DC winter is typically December through March, so 2 or 3 long weekends to Miami, Mexico, or really anywhere warm will do the trick.
Beach trips in the winter not only give me something to look forward to, but it helps my winter blues. I get real grouchy and negative come January, February, and March if I haven’t been to the beach. Continue reading…