How do I care for a suntan

Tan properly: 10 tricks to stay tan longer

Why do we actually find a natural tan attractive? Evolutionary biologist Bernhard Fink explains in a current Nivea study that tanning makes our complexions appear more even and makes us look younger. Not only do we look healthier and fresher, but also small 'blemishes' such as age spots are concealed.

But be careful: if the tan deviates very much from the natural skin tone, it quickly looks artificial. To get a healthy, long-lasting tan, you need to tan properly. Here are the best tips and tricks to stay tan for as long as possible.

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1. Tip: Pre-tanning is the be-all and end-all

If you want to get a real tan, you should first get your skin used to the sun. Starts with short stays in the sun and applies a high sun protection factor. Many women have their skin 'pre-tanned' in the solarium, but that does not protect the skin from the dangerous rays of the sun.

The rays in the solarium are mostly UVA rays, which hardly create the necessary protective cornea. The so-called 'light calluses', which protect our skin from sunburn and skin damage, only develop through 'real' sun rays.

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Tip 2: Sunscreen is a must to stay tan longer

The most important rule when tanning is: Only expose yourself to the sun with a sun protection factor! How high the sun protection factor of your cream needs to be depends on how long you want to stay in the sun. This can be calculated very easily:

Self-protection time of the skin x sun protection factor = the maximum time you can stay in the sun

To find out what skin type you are, you should take a look at ours Phototype table throw:

It is a widespread misconception that a high sun protection factor prevents tanning. It's also a myth that you don't have to put on lotion in the shade! You can find even more sun protection myths here.

Our tip: Better to tan carefully, healthily and properly, rather than risking sunburn or something worse.

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3rd tip: sun protection factor: more is more

When it comes to the sun protection factor, it is better to plop down instead of mess! You need around 30 to 40 ml, depending on your body size, for complete protection from head to toe. It's hard to believe: a normal 200 ml bottle of sunscreen is enough for a maximum of five to six days.

4th tip: To tan properly means to apply lotion more often

If you want to tan properly, the following rule of thumb applies: Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before sunbathing! In the course of the day you should also re-apply it regularly, because sweating and swimming can reduce the effectiveness of the sun protection.

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Tip 5: Protect the skin from the inside

Antioxidants help to strengthen the skin's natural protective layer. So protect your skin not only from the outside, but also from the inside by relying on the right foods!
The following foods are particularly high in antioxidants:

  • Melons,
  • Strawberries,
  • Citrus fruits,
  • Kiwifruit,
  • Carrots,
  • Paprika,
  • Tomatoes,
  • Spinach.

Tip 6: exfoliate before sunbathing

Rid your body of dead skin by pampering yourself with a gentle peeling. With such a treatment, a few days before sunbathing, you will achieve an even tan. In addition, the skin is freed from oil and impurities, so that you can better absorb sun products.

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Maintaining a tan: 4 tips to keep you tan longer

At last you have your golden tan, but the sunny days are hardly shorter than the beautiful summer complexion is already fading again. But how can you keep your tan longer? So that you have more of your summer complexion, we give you tips on how to keep it as long as possible.

1. Tip to keep the tan: After sunbathing comes the moisture

After extensive sunbathing, the skin needs one thing above all: moisture! With an after-sun product, you not only provide your skin with sufficient moisture, but also with the necessary vitamins. This special care ensures a long-lasting tan.

Here you can find a selection of after-sun lotions on Amazon. *

2. Tip for a lasting tan: take care of the skin

Anyone who wants to keep their tan longer should avoid anything that attacks the upper layer of the skin. Facial tonic containing alcohol, deodorants and perfumes attack the skin layer and thus damage the tan. Prefer to use gentle products.
Our tip for showering: Uses shower oils that are re-greasy to give the skin additional protection.

3. Tip to stay tanned for a long time: Cheating is allowed!

When the sun complexion wears off, bronzers and self-tanners are allowed. You can see in the video which self-tanner convinced us in the test:

Video by Jutta Eliks

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4. Tip to keep the tan: Avoid long showers

Granted, it's relaxing: but the longer and hotter the shower, the greater the risk that your tan will wear off quickly.

Our tip: Just jump under the shower and use PH-neutral and oily products as much as possible.

Further information on sun protection and healthy tanning is available on the information portals of the Federal Center for Health Education and the German Dermatological Society.

We wish you a wonderful and sunny summer!

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