How long does it take to tan safely?

Everyone has the right to make choices about their body. One of these choices is to get tan. Many people struggle to get tan due to their fair skin or they just like to tan, you know, as a hobby. You have all rights to decide what you want to do with your body but we are here to guide you for your safety.

Tanning means you are out there in open, and there is the sun. you are excited to get tan, I get it. But it doesn’t mean that you spend a whole day out there exposing your body to the sun. excess of everything is bad and especially, in this case, it could be extremely dangerous. UV rays could cause more harm to your body than you can imagine. Excessive exposure in sun means more UV rays getting absorbed in your skin. And that leads to skin cancer.

That doesn’t mean at all that you cannot get tan. there are ways to minimize risk factors and get tan safely. If you feel like getting a tan and have already decided to spend your next weekend on the beach then you must follow this guide before you go and I’m sure, you are going to get what you deserve.

Keep reading to learn how to tan safely and how to reduce the risk factors. You will find your answer.

How long does it take to tan safely

If you have darker skin, you can sunbathe for 20 minutes to one hour. After you spend 20 minutes in sun. Go and take a shower, then come back and make more intervals of 20 minutes to keep it safe.

If you have one of the fairer skin shades, then you can spend an hour in sun. Sunbathe for 15 minutes then take a shower and come back, and repeat the procedure for the rest of the time you spend in the sun to tan safely.

How long you should be out there in sun?

Prolonged exposure to the sun could be dangerous for you. if you like how your body looks with tan, then you should know how long you can spend out on the beach sunbathing. Even wearing sunscreen, sunblock, and whatever protection, you must not be exposed to the sun for more than an hour.

If you want to get a tan safely, you should learn how to tan faster and safely. And we are here for exactly that. Getting tan faster could be much more suitable for you to avoid excessive sun exposure. How long does it take to tan? The answer to this question depends on your skin type and skin tone. Some people will just need few hours to get tan but some will get sunburned in those few hours.

According to some research, melanin is the pigment in your body that affects the eye and hair color, as well as skin color. People with less melanin in their body have fairer skin and tends to be sunburned in few hours, instead of getting tan.

On the contrary, people with more melanin in their will get the perfect tan in few hours, without excessive exposure to the sun. So, when it comes to fairer skin people, if you want to get tan, you need to take it slowly, and it might take more than one session.

No matter what your skin type or skin tone is, wearing the correct amount of SPF factor is a must. You can get sunburned even in 10 minutes sometimes, when not wearing the correct amount of sunscreen.

Few factors that enhance and fasten the tanning process:

How faster can you get a tan depends on multiple factors. Different people have different experiences, depending on how long they were out in sun. What skin tone you have, how often do you sunbathe, where do you go to get tan, you are getting tan in sun or sunbed, and most importantly, what products you are using, that includes your sunscreen, bronzer, and tan intensifier as well. All these and some other factors also help out in enhancing the tanning process and make it faster. Let’s take a look at some of these factors:

  1. Humid climate:

Moisture in the environment could make your tan more quickly and it also helps to keep tan from going away.

  1. Make sure to get 30 SPF:

Getting 30 SPF keeps you safe from UVA and UVB rays. Must wear sunscreen with 30 SPF when you are out in sun. and make sure that you apply sunscreen within 30 minutes starting from when you went out in sun. don’t wear tanning oil that doesn’t contain sunscreen. You must use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with 30 SPF which is strong enough to protect you from UV rays, that doesn’t mean that you don’t get tan. You simply don’t get harmed by UV rays.

Apply sunscreen all over your body, I repeat. Don’t forget your foot, leg, or any other body part, or you will be paying price for the rest of the week.

  1. Don’t stay out in sun any longer than when your melanin cut-off:

Melanin is a pigment that is responsible for tanning. Some people have higher melanin and have fairer skin while others have lower melanin and are tend to tan easily. There is a melanin cut-off point in everyone’s body which could be 2-3 hours. You won’t get any darker after that cut-off point. So it is no use to stay in sun any longer than that.

If the sun is really hot, please don’t risk it by staying more than 30-40 minutes under the sun.

  1. Eat foods with beta carotene:

Some research found out that eating foods with beta carotenes like carrots, sweet potatoes, and kale helps you get tan without getting affected by UV rays and without burning. Beta carotene helps reducing sun sensitivity which causes photosensitive diseases.

  1. Choose your angle and time accordingly:

The angle of sun and time you chose to get tan could matter. Sun is at its peak at 12 p.m- 3 p.m. but as effective it is to get tan; as much dangerous it is to get affected by the UV rays which leads to skin cancer. As much closer you are to the equator, as many chances are there for you to get tan or burn.

  1. Use tan-intensifier:

Make sure to use a high-quality tan intensifier when you are out in sun. tan intensifier or maximizer lotion will help the process of tanning to speed up and you will be needing less time exposing to the sun.

  1. Make sure you have your body ready to get tanned:

Let us share a tip with you which will help you keep your tan for long before your body gets flaky. make sure you exfoliate before you go out to tan. Believe me, this helps a lot in keeping your tan. Also, apply Aloe Vera gel afterward to protect your tan. This one is as much important as the other factors.

Average and estimated time required to tan:

Although it depends on your skin type and skin tone you have got, and also the products like tanning lotions and creams to speed up the process of tanning, let us tell you the estimated and average time you could be exposed to sun and if you want to tan safely, you must keep it in mind:

Risks of tanning:

We have told you repeatedly that prolonged exposure to the sun is dangerous for you because of harmful UV rays. But here come some more factors that can make you suffer temporarily and instantly. Risks of tanning include:

  • Damage caused to eyes
  • Sunburn
  • Melanoma or other skin diseases
  • Dehydration
  • Pre-mature aging
  • Heat rash
  • Immune system suppression
  • Dry lips

Who should not consider tanning?

Some people are more prone to sunburn and other photosensitive diseases, those people should avoid tanning. Younger skin is more sensitive to the sun so if younger skins are exposed to the sun a lot, it could be the reason for skin cancer in adolescence or later years.

Likewise, people who have a history of melanoma or other skin cancers are most likely to get affected by UV rays and they should avoid any more than normal exposure to the sun.

If you have recently undergone skin treatments like skin peel or laser hair removal, you should never go for tanning. Also, if you have taken specific acne medicines like isotretinoin or you have used chemicals to exfoliate your skin, then must never expose to the sun any sooner after you have done any of it.


Tanning is your choice. I know many people who like the way their skin looks and shines after tanning. But tanning safely should be your priority rather than tanning faster. Always make sure you have prepared your skin for tanning, and try to prevent all the risk factors mentioned above.

Sunbathing could be fun and helpful if you are looking to get a tan but UV rays are extremely dangerous if you are exposed to them without any precautions. Always use broad-spectrum SPF and enjoy tanning!

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