How to Get the Deepest Darkest Sun Tan

by katiem2

Learn time honored and tested methods of getting the best, deepest, darkest most long lasting glowing suntan possible.

First and foremost forget about tanning beds. Tanning beds, even if used to get started are not a good idea. Why? Because tanning beds are not safe, healthy or natural. Plus why would you want to bake in the same oven another just laid in sweating all the toxins from their pores? Tanning beds are not hygienic and flat out the worst way to get the deepest darkest sun tan period. The fact most people use them to save time is not a practical reason to use them either. Stepping our of your home for a good dose of all natural sun is the fastest, safest and best way to tan!

Sun Tan Skin Prep

It is vital to maintain healthy skin to both promote good and healthy tanning.

Never Tan to Long or Burn

You've no doubt heard the latest on sun safety and yet there are still those among us who love worshiping the sun. We long for a deep dark tan and feel less than whole without one.

With the proper skin care many tolerate sun tanning very well and yet everyone, regardless of skin type, should care for their skin properly. Everyone has skin and skin dies and builds up without the proper care. 

It's fair skinned people who need take the most precautions. The one thing we must all avoid is burning.  

Burning damages the skin and your tan.  You will not get or keep a great deep dark tan if you try to rush it.  The only way to get a deep, dark and beautiful tan is to do so gradually.

If you feel you've done so apply an aloe based products, or apply real aloe from a plant to your skin. Aloe heals skin including skin that's been exposed to the sun to much.  


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The one thing you must have is the tree hut shea sugar body scrub, the blue one below.

Proper Tanning Skin Care

The two things you must do to get the best tan ever is exfoliate and moisturize.

Exfoliate -  You must always prep and care for your skin. This is the first step and perhaps the most vital. The largest organ of the human body is the skin and it is constantly replenishing itself. You want to encourage this process by exfoliating your skin regularly. One of the biggest myths about getting and keeping a great tan is not to disturb the skin. This is the worst thing you can do. 

Exfoliate for Tanning

The process of exfoliating is one that must become habit.

You must get rid of the dead skin cells, or dry skin in order to prevent a think layer of dead skin forming.  Such a layer of skin will block you from tanning and eventually peel taking your tan with it.  

Always make sure your skin is not blocked with a cover of dead skin cells. A barrier of dead skin mask the potential for tanning. When you exfoliate do so gently to maintain the growth of new healthy cells thus allowing your tan to penetrate to the deepest healthy layers of the skin.

Tanning Lotion


Exfoliate on a regular basis maintaining a healthy skin surface free of blemishes, capable of absorbing and maintaining moisture in order to remain supple and tanned. I use an exfoliating bath sponge daily. This keeps dead skin from forming and causing problems.

The Right Lotion

A good quality suntan lotion is a vital ingredient to a really good deep dark tan.

Lotion -  Suntan lotion is the vital ingredient to a really good tan.

Unless you don't need a lot of protection choose a suntan loaded with moisturizers and an SPF of 8 or 10. Apply an even and generous coat of lotion all over your body. If you don't burn you can use an extreme tanning lotions like black seen to your right.

A good suntan lotion prevents skin from tanning too quickly and burning. Think of it as browning slow and steady, not burning to a crisp under the broiler.  

One of the Most Popular Hardcore Sun Tan Lotions

How Long Can I Sunbath

The amount of time you spend sunbathing is crucial

Time -  The consistency by which you tan is more important the the time you spend tanning. The goal is quality and not quantity. You can burn yourself and your skin out by tanning too long; this will not achieve a great deep dark tan. Never ever tan more than one hour a day. Spend 15 minutes on each side and take a water break.

Go inside, drink an 8 ounce (or more) glass of water, after which look for the line of demarcation indicating you've added color to your tan. This is all you need to do in order to gain the tan you long for.

The key is to do this on a daily basis if you tolerate it without burning if so lay out every other day.  You will build a slow and gradual healthy tan that will be deep, dark and last. After you've tanned for a few weeks you may increase the time by completing your 15 minute intervals, taking a water break returning to do an additional 15 minute session on each side. This works you up to one hour a day.


IMPORTANT - Don't be greedy, if the 15 minutes once on each side is working for you, stop!  Don't press it, if you turn the slightest bit red get out of the sun! The trick is to remember not to damage your skin or burn it, a burn will ruin your tanning efforts.

Tanning in Water, Ocean or Pool

Tanning in a pool is a great relaxing way to get a beautiful suntan.

Pools and Pool Floats, Rafts and Tanning Lounger

Tanning while floating on a pool raft, float or lounger is a great way to get the suns reflective rays all over your body. This is a great way to get that all over even tan you crave.  Plus floating in the pool is relaxing giving your mind the stress relief needed to maintain a healthy positive outlook. 

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Sun Tanning Around Water

Sunbathing in a pool on a raft provides you with a great, even tan all over. I prefer this method to tanning out of water for two reasons;

  1. The relaxing drifting and bobbling along the water is a great time for me to unwind. This is when I really clear my mind, do my best thinking and supercharge my creativity.
  2. I also get a much better tan as the sun reflects off the water and gets the sides of my body plus the hard to tan areas.

Showers and Tanning

Think before you jump into the shower or bath after sunbathing.


Don’t shower to soon, to long or to briskly during your tanning sessions.  If you shower in the morning and sunbath in the afternoon you may feel the need to shower after you tan. Prolonging a shower after tanning is important.  Showering to soon removes the moisturizing tanning lotions drying out and irritating your sun kissed skin.  Allow time for the skin to regain it's natural temperature and balance before showing. 

Showers and Tanning

It's best to wait as long as you can before showering after you've sunbathed.  The skin has a natural process to complete before shocked by a shower.  The stimulation of melanin aids in the tanning process and it is for this reason you should put off showering as long as possible. 


Gentle Soap for Showering

When you finally take a shower after tanning follow this procedure;

  • Take a luke warm bath, hot water dries the skin and robs it of vital moisture crucial for tanning.
  • Use a gentle moisturizing natural soap free of chemicals.
  • Use soap only in the areas you must, for examples the pits etc.
  • Rinse well and turn the shower off, while still in the shower and before drying off apply body oil all over your body.

Moisturizer and Water

Keeping the skin well hydrated from the inside out is a must for deep dark tanning.

Moisturize - This is the most vital step to maintain a deep dark tan and keeping it is to hydrate the body from the inside out.

Apply a really good moisturizer each morning before you dress and each night before bed.

Your sun kissed skin will drink it up, your tan will look better and last longer. Use a tan extending moisturizer like those to your right.

Tan Extending Moisturizers

Sun Tanning and Water

Lots of water makes for a deeper, darker longer lasting tan.

Water -  Water is extremely important to the tanning process. Drink lots of clean healthy water to keep you skin hydrated and supple. This also prevents dry peeling skin and creates a soft silky glow allowing your skin to hang on to and keep your deep dark tan.

Enjoy the warm summer months and enjoy your deep, dark and lasting tan.  Be beautiful!


Updated: 05/11/2013, katiem2
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Lets talk about deep dark suntans

katiem2 on 08/24/2016
Tessamay on 08/22/2016

What's the best way to continue to keep the tan? Like in the winter months?

kim on 06/15/2012

I appreciate the honest and pratical tios on dark tans. I want one.

katiem2 on 06/01/2012

Michelle, Enjoy your tanning and healthy dose of sun :) K

Michelle on 06/01/2012

Awesome tanning tips, you make some very good points. Off to tan...

katiem2 on 05/02/2012

samsara, Yes it encourages the skin natural production of melanin that is stimulated during the tanning process.

samsara on 05/02/2012

Didn't know it was wise to wait with showering after sunbathing. Useful.

katiem2 on 04/23/2012

Pinkchic18, Yes it is essential to take the proper care and precautions of your skin while tanning in order to get the deepest darkest lasting tan.

Pinkchic18 on 04/23/2012

Nice tips, as long as you care for your skin!

katiem2 on 04/06/2012

ethelsmith, true it does feel wonderful and we can get a deep dark tan safely. Thanks for dropping by :) Enjoy your summer packed with lazy relaxing days in the sun.

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