The sun is a wonderful thing. It gives us vitamin D, helps boost our moods, and keeps us looking young. However, too much exposure can be bad for our health and skin, especially if you’re not careful about how long you spend in the sun.

A better option is to use tanning lotions and sprays before heading out into the weather; these products will help you achieve that natural bronze looks without having to worry about getting burned or developing wrinkles on your face. So grab your sunscreen and a bottle of tanning lotion! Here are some helpful tips for getting the perfect base tan through bikini so you’ll look fabulous on vacation:

Find the right base for your bikini

Choose a bikini that fits your body type. If you have wide hips, choose a bikini bottom that has more coverage and if you have a smaller waist and bigger hips, go with something more revealing. Your beach body can be whatever shape it wants to be!

Choose a bikini that makes you comfortable. You’re going to want to wear this thing all day so make sure it feels good on your skin! Flipping over every 5 minutes means having to adjust your top or bottom every time which will get annoying after a while so do yourself a favor and try on multiple swimsuits until one feels just right for the long haul. I like bikinis that don’t squeeze my thighs too tightly because it helps me feel confident when sitting down in front of people (especially moms!).

Moisturize before you tan

One of the best things you can do to ensure that your tan is smooth and even is to moisturize your skin before applying a tanning lotion. Moisturizing will help the lotion penetrate your skin, giving you an even, natural-looking glow. It will also prevent dryness and premature aging of the skin by keeping it hydrated throughout the process.

Boosting moisture in your body before applying a sunless tanning product also helps to increase its overall effectiveness, as well as its longevity. Because many sunless tanners are designed to absorb into the outer layer of skin (known as stratum corneum) and produce an instant color change after application, moisturizing beforehand helps this process occur more effectively by creating an ideal environment for absorption on that level.

Consider purchasing a tanning mitt

If you are looking to get the perfect tan through a bikini, consider purchasing a tanning mitt. A tanning mitt is easy to use and will help protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. They are made of special materials that absorb some of the light from the sun. This helps to reduce damage caused by too much exposure before it even hits your skin! Tanning mitts can be washed as many times as necessary so that they always remain clean–meaning no unpleasant smells!

If possible, shave your entire body the day before

If possible, shave your entire body the day before. If you don’t want to go through the extra step of shaving in addition to tanning, this tip isn’t necessary. However, if you’re going to do it anyway and want a better tan, shaving before will help you achieve that dream shade of tan without getting any razor burn. It also prevents any potential tan lines on your body so that when you show off your new bikini in public everyone will notice how great it looks on you.

Put on your bikini

Now that you’re properly moisturized, it’s time to get your bikini on. That means putting on a bathing suit. If you want to get the most out of your tanning session, we recommend wearing a one-piece bathing suit with high-cut legs that also covers your butt—not because these are the only kind of swimsuits that look good when wet but because they’ll help keep sunscreen from dripping off of your body and onto the floor or worse: into an open drain.

Once you’ve put on your swimsuit and gotten comfortable standing upright in front of a mirror (or if this is less than comfortable for you), apply sunscreen evenly over every inch of exposed skin (i.e., everywhere except where clothing will cover). If there are any areas where clothing won’t cover—like between fingers and toes or around bra straps—you should be sure to reapply sunscreen after getting out of the pool so that you don’t miss anything important!

With these tips, you’ll be able to get the perfect base tan before actually heading out into the sun.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been guilty of thinking that tanning is all about laying out in the sun and getting that golden glow. But it’s actually important to remember that UV exposure isn’t good for your skin—sunburns can cause skin cancer, and even if they don’t cause cancer themselves, they can make existing cancers worse.

There are ways to get a tan without exposing yourself to harmful UV rays though! Applying self-tanner before hitting the beach gives you some protection from the sun while allowing you to still enjoy your time outdoors with friends and family.


The best part about using a self-tanner for a base tan is that it works immediately! You’ll want to apply this product at least two days before going out into the sun so it has enough time to develop and show up on your skin; otherwise, it won’t be able to give you any color until after about five hours (which could mean another trip outside).

I hope these tips help you get the perfect tan through your bikini. Remember, having a nice base is not only for looks. It will also make your skin look healthier and more vibrant when you step out into the sun.


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