How to Tan Without Burning. Most health officials agree that tanning in any form is not good for your skin. But for those who must tan, there are a couple of options to choose from.
Start with 10 or 15 minutes of exposure to the sun or a tanning lamp, and gradually increase the time as your body becomes more tanned.
Start with a sunscreen with an SPF factor of under 15, but no less than 8.
Keep skin moisturized with after-sun lotion--preferably with aloe--to make your tan last.
Buy cream or spray-on tanning lotion.
Test the product on a small area of skin for adverse reactions.
Scrub away dead skin with a loofah pad before applying lotion.
Rub tanning lotion into skin thoroughly. (You may want to wear rubber gloves to do this.) Pay special attention to the backs of your knees, elbows, ankles and tan lines.
Wipe away excess lotion to avoid an uneven or creased tan.
Wash hands (or gloves) thoroughly with soap and water after applying lotion.
Wait 15 minutes before getting skin wet.