It's weekend, the weather is nice and you want to wear that new beige trench coat with a short dress.

But ... you want a radiant tanned legs and you want it now.

Your options are: self-tanner, a tanning bed, spray fond or beta-carotene from your diet.

Discover what type of skin you have and which tanning solution is best for you:

1. Safe tanning

safe tanning

UV rays are not healthy for your skin. Whether you have well-hydrated or very dry skin, you better stay far away from the sunbed. UV radiation is the main culprit in skin cancers, cataracts and other eye disorders and also causes premature skin aging. No thanks!

Do you want to tan in a safe way? Then opt for moderate and gradual sun exposure.

Get your skin used to the sun by safely exposing it to the sun all year round. That means: always use sunscreen with a high factor.

In some countries that is of course easier said than done.

But whether you have skin that is never tanned or just a Mediterranean type, protect your skin against UV rays to keep it radiant and healthy.

So what can you do if you want a safe tan faster?

2. Skin type

skin type

Get to know your own skin. By discovering certain signs, you can detect your own type of skin. Next, you get started: do you have dry skin, than hydration is on your to-do list.

What kind of skin do you have?

You have either normal, dry, oily or mixed skin. Or you can also have sensitive skin that reacts easily to certain products.

Usually your skin type is genetically determined: go check in the family. However, our skin is also dependent on age or chronic conditions.

Normal skin

If you have normal skin, then you are lucky. This skin type is neither oily nor dry and therefore completely balanced.

Skin care routine? Continue to hydrate and use normal skin care so that your skin does not get dry.

Signs of a normal skin:

  • Feels soft

  • Pores are almost invisible

  • Rarely or never pimples or spots

  • Well hydrated

  • Easily adapts to different temperatures and varying humidity levels

  • Smooth skin

  • Natural shine

  • No wrinkles

Dry skin

If you have dry skin, then you are not alone. More women than men suffer from dry skin and most treatments are focused on dry skin. Because of the lack of sebum, dry skin does not have the necessary moisture. Perspiration, stress, heat, chemicals, the sun, smoking, alcohol or bad eating patterns only make this worse.

Skin care routine? Choose a natural moisturizing cream and apply a thin layer several times a day. Do not use aggressive products and protect your skin against cold, heat, the sun and the wind. Drink 1.5 liters of water a day to hydrate your skin from the inside out.

Signs of dry skin:

  • Very rough skin

  • Dull skin

  • Red spots and redness

  • Tight skin

  • Itching

  • Wrinkles

  • Skin flakes

  • Parched skin

Oily skin

Usually occurs at a period of hormonal change. But stress and the wrong use of makeup or medicines can also cause an impure skin. Oily skin or impure skin is due to sensitive and blocked sebaceous glands.

Skin care routine? You should also use mild care and cleansing products for oily skin. Natural cosmetics and care products ensure that sebum production is not disturbed.

Signs of oily skin:

  • Acne

  • Red and inflamed skin

  • Black dots

  • Shiny skin

  • Wide pores

  • Irregular skin texture

Mixed skin

This type of skin is very common. You have both dry and oily or unclean skin and sometimes it seems that no care product is the right one.

Skin care routine? Use a mild cleansing on dry skin and hydrate well. Oily skin needs care that treats the excess sebum secretion.

Signs of mixed skin:

  • A shiny T-zone: your nose, forehead and chin

  • Rest of the face: normal or dry skin

  • Wide pores and black dots

Sensitive skin

Invest in good care. When choosing cosmetics, it is important to pay close attention to the active ingredients.

Skin care routine? Let a beauty professional or dermatologist guide you to choose the right care products.

Signs of sensitive skin:

  • Irritated skin

  • Redness, itching or burning

  • Reacts strongly to temperature differences

  • Spontaneous injuries

Prevention is always better than cure. That is why it is very important that we get to know our skin and offer it the care it requires.

3. Safe tanning for your skin


Do you have oily skin?

Use a scrub and a moisturizing cream without oil before you start your tanning routine. When you have oily skin, your skin actually regenerates very quickly; By scrubbing, you give nature a helping hand: this is the perfect preparation for an even tan.

Sensitive or dry skin?

Do not scrub sensitive skin, but clean it with mild care products. You also scrub dry skin with a mild scrub and hydration is important. If you do not hydrate well before spraying, a sponge effect is created. Your skin will absorb the tanning spray or tanning lotion much deeper where you have dry spots, resulting in a map effect.

Tanning tips for healthy skin

Self-tanning creams, spray tanning at home or at a beauty professional: these are quick alternatives that are all possible for your skin, as long as you choose the right products that do not damage your skin but nourish it. Self-tanner with moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera are great for your skin.

Do you like to keep your tan longer? Then you can use a post-tanning treatment that keeps your skin supple and nicely tanned.

Spray tanning that activates your own pigment during application also ensures that you will not get an orange result.

With a glove you reach the places on your body that are difficult to reach, such as the back of your legs or your back. It is a handy tool that prevents streaks and spots.

Do you have skin with certain areas that are harder to even out? Use a spray fond. This 3-in-1 solution is a foundation, concealer and fixation spray in one, creating a nice even tan that you can remove whenever you want.

To give your skin a tan from the inside out, you can get beta-carotene from your food, such as from spinach, cabbage, carrots, mangoes or from mandarin oranges. This helps your skin with the natural tanning process when you sunbathe.

And don’t forget: make time for your tanning routine. Turn it into a beauty ritual and transform your bathroom into a spa. Make time the day before and take care of your skin. This is your me-time, so that you can show off your beautiful brown legs the next day.