Mens Tanning Guide
After what seems like forever, the sun is finally making a regular appearance in our skies. Summer holidays are on their way, which means it’s time to prepare for that all important tan. But in order to pick up an amazing tan we have to put some work in. Our men’s tanning guide runs through some of the basics to cover over the next few months.
How to get an even tan
The best way to get an all over even tan is to do it gradually. Remember that some parts of the body have had more sun over the year ( face, lower arms, neck & hands) and some have not had much sun at all. When summer comes around, go easy on the skin that hasn’t seen the sun in awhile to avoid burning. Once you burn your skin, it will get dry and start to peel, causing your tan to go patchy. Starting with short bursts in the sun with a high SPF will be the beginning of an even tan.
How to make your tan last longer
We only get a few months of sun in the UK, so we want to make the most of it. To make your tan last longer you’ll need to take care of your skin. Cleansing and exfoliating your skin will ensure you remove any skin that is starting to flake. This helps to remove the risks of having streaks, while also maintaining the tan so it lasts for much longer.
Can you tan with a bald head?
Even if you are trying to manage hair loss, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out when it comes to tanning. As you’d expect, a little more care has to be taken as the skin is more sensitive. Make sure you apply a sun cream with an SPF of at least 50 and apply it evenly across the head. If you sweat or go into any water, make sure it is reapplied straight away. Also limit the amount of time your head is exposed to the sun. Using a hat is a good idea to cover to let the skin recover and rest.
Can men fake tan?
Fake tans – or self-tanning as it is called – is done just as commonly by men as it is by women. As with natural tanning, the key is to take care of your skin. Exfoliate and cleansing the skin makes it easier to absorb and look natural. Make sure you buy a good quality lotion as going cheap will not produce the best results. You should also remember to add sunscreen every day to keep yourself protected while out in the sun.
Why can’t I get a tan?
It would be easy to assume that everyone can tan the same way. But the reason some pick up more sun than others is due to the melanin levels found in our body’s cells. The higher the melanin count, the more easily you will pick up the sun. People from the Mediterranean naturally have higher levels due to their heritage and environment. While fairer skinned people in the UK and the Nordic countries generally experience less sun, so have less melanin passed down genetically.
Tips for a great tan this summer
The sun makes us feel and look great. But we also need to remain healthy due to our exposure to harsh UV rays. Here are some key tips to remember:
- Exfoliate your skin
Cleansing the skin removes dead cells and helps you to achieve the best possible tan.
- Wear a sunscreen
It’s important to protect our skin to prevent additional damage taking place. The sun is fantastic but too much exposure can also be detrimental to our health.
After a day in the sun, make sure to use an after sun or moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated and glowing. Pure aloe vera gel is great for redness or burnt skin.
- Limit time in the sun
Even with sunscreen on, we need to limit our time in the sun. It is at its hottest between 10am to 4pm, so take breaks to let your skin rest.
- Hat and shades
The skin around our eyes is thin and needs protecting from the sun. Hats also shade our eyes, ears, forehead, nose and scalp.
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