10 Must-Follow Tips To Avoid Sun Tanning

sun tanning

Do you love the outdoors but hate the sun tanning that accompanies it? We always end up with a love-hate relationship with the sun. Many people love a great tan but don’t want the side effects that follow exposure. While those who hate the tanning bit, suntan and sunburns can be reversed, however getting baked under the sun is unsafe. We have got you so don’t you worry, because we have our top-secret tips and tricks on how to avoid  sun tanning!

Here are 10 tips to keep yourself from further sun damage and prevent sun tanning:

1. The sun at its peak

The first thing you want to do is avoid going out when the sun is at its peak, usually between 11 am and 4 pm. The sun is at its hottest at this time, and hence the damage will be worse. But this exact time can change according to where you live in the world. Spend as little time as possible outside during these hours, whatever the weather or temperature.

2. When you’re out, walk on the shady side!

Do not stay under the sun for long. Find a sun-safe place if possible to reduce the sun damage to your skin when you are out. If you are at the beach, try to find a shady spot, as water and sand reflect the sun’s rays, increasing sun tanning.

3. Cover, cover and cover yourself up

Wear clothes that protect your skin from the harsh UV rays. Cover your hands and legs completely when exposed to the sun. Whatever the weather is like and whatever you are doing, cover up! Wear full-sleeved clothing to minimise the sun’s exposure.

4. Apply sunscreen to protect your skin

Apply sun-protection cream to all areas of exposed skin about 20 minutes before stepping out, even in cloudy weather. If you’re exposed to the sun for long hours, re-apply your sunscreen every 3-4 hours once. Any good sunscreen above 30 SPF would keep you protected.

5. Don’t forget to protect your lips from the sun!

Your lips can darken not only because of smoking but also the sun. So make sure to use a lip balm that has added SPF for UV protection.

6. Wear UV protected sunglasses

Your under-eye skin is more sensitive than the other skin on your face. So we recommend that you wear UV protected sunglasses when you go out. Also, go for a lens size that covers your entire under-eye area.

7. Choose sun-friendly cosmetics

Apply moisturiser in the daytime so that your skin can get enough moisture. Instead of using cream-based makeup, use mineral-based ingredients. Avoid applying perfumes as they may make your skin sensitive to the heat.

8. Staying hydrated

Drink at least 15 to 20 glasses of water a day to prevent getting dehydrated and your skin dry. This can help in reversing the effects of tanning too.

9. Wash your face at least twice a day 

Remember to wash your face 2-3 times a day to keep your skin clean.

10. Follow a diet that makes you immune to the sun

Eat healthy fibre-rich foods like vegetables and fruits so that your skin’s immunity gets a boost and can prevent sun damage from within. Antioxidants and vitamins in your diet can also act as internal sunscreen for your skin.

The silver lining

A suntan can be a sign of damaged skin, so it is best to avoid it in the first place. As they say, prevention is always better than a cure! So, there you go!


1. What should I wear to avoid tanning? 

Try wearing light coloured clothing as they reflect the sun’s rays while black absorbs the heat. Full sleeved clothing will reduce skin exposure, while light, airy fabrics will allow your skin to breathe.

2. Does the morning sun make you tan?

The harmful UV rays are less in the morning compared to the afternoon, so it is possible to get less tan in the morning.

3. What does it mean if my tan isn’t going away?

Usually, your tan will lighten and go away. But if it doesn’t, it is probably because your skin has been deeply damaged and needs medical help to heal.

4. How long does it take for a tan to go away?

It can take up to 7 to 10 days for your tan to go away. In some skin types, it can take longer.

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Dr Jisha Gomez

She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.