What Is The Best Time Of Day To Tan?

Everyone loves a tan, the look of health – or that you’ve been on holiday recently is something to aspire too. People go about getting their tans in a variety of different ways, from going on holiday a lot, to sitting outside in the sun whenever there is a hint of it, to tanning beds and everything in between. But no matter which method of tanning that you choose, the question remains – what is the best time of day to tan? Are some times of day significantly better than others, or is any time it is sunny good? Read on to find out.  

What Is The Best Time Of Day To Tan Outside

Tanning outside is by far the most natural way of tanning. Since it uses the suns rays it tends to be a lot more healthy than using a tanning bed. But of course whether tanning outside is available as an option to you depends entirely on where you live. If you live in an area that is constantly bathed in sun – somewhere like Florida, Texas or Australia, then you are set and it is a lot easier to tan outside.tanning-time1.jpg Of course if you live in an area that is cold and doesn’t have much sun – for example, somewhere like Nebraska, Canada or Scandinavia, then your options for tanning outside and tanning naturally are somewhat more limited. Fortunately, whether you live in somewhere where it is relatively hot, or you get 5 days of sun a year when you run outside the minute the sun shines in an attempt to get a tan, there are specific times where it is advisable to head outside to sunbathe, that will result in the best tan for you. Generally speaking, the advice for what is the best time of day to tan outside is, is the same no matter where you live, be it a hot or cold country. If you want a decent tan you need to head outside when the sun is at its highest, which means around midday. If you sunbathe between the hours of 11am and 3pm you will create the best chances for you getting a decent tan. If it is sunny outside these hours then you will still build a tan more slowly, it is just that it will take longer – the easiest and quickest time to tan is around midday. Some quick advice if you do decide to tan outside, safety advice. Make sure you use sun screen or sun cream. Never underestimate the sun, it is powerful even when it doesn’t seem that sunny. You want a tan and being burnt is not going to help you get a tan. If you buy a sun screen that is specifically designed for tanning with a lower (but high enough to protect you) SPF, then you can get tanned without risking getting burned or getting horrible skin conditions or even skin cancer. It is always worth protecting yourself.

So for the best tan, head out at midday.

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  • This article reads as if it were google translated from another language. I’m not a grammar nazi, but for Christ’s sake put some effort into your work. This is distractingly awful.

    “Of course, going outside, lying around and sunbathing is not option for everyone. Whether you (as above), live in a cold area, where you don’t see much sun.”

    A fourth grader could write a better paper. I deeply apologize if the author is a third grader (in which case, they did a great job).

    1. Wow! You weren’t kidding. This article is terribly written and excessively elementary.
      I truly hope the writer isn’t an adult.

    2. You’re absolutely right. The first couple paragraphs I was like uhhh something’s amiss. But alas, I continued with a hopeful spirit. …I could not even finish after the Nebraska thing though….

    3. My 3rd grader would be offended. LOL and I don’t know if the author has ever been to Nebraska or anywhere in the midwest in the summer, but it is very hot and humid here at that time.

    4. LOL. (And I don’t use that lightly.) You so right wit that grammar shit. Yah youse is so write it ain’t even funny. (Did that make you cringe, yes, me too ?)

  • Nebraska gets blistering hot and super easy to tan in, as long as it’s not winter. There’s like 30 better states to use as examples. Too much sun has destroyed this persons brain

    1. ^^ YES! Part of me wonders if they meant to write “Alaska,” because yes, Nebraska in the summer is unbelievably hot and humid!! Hahah, someone either didn’t do their research or didn’t check their spelling.

  • It is better to tan after a bed has been used several times recently. I used to ask the girls which beds were “hot” at the salon. Otherwise, for the first five minutes the bed is just warming up. That’s why I have found it is better to tan at night when the beds are warmed up instead of first thing in the morning.

  • I live in Nebraska and we get plenty of sun for about half the year. It’s not gloomy all day like this article portrays it.

  • Basically what this mentally disabled person what trying to say was that you go between 11am to 2am no longer due to health and safety precautions~this was written by a middle schooler ;))) take that

  • I think anyone who complained about this authors grammar is a failure. Wether the person is an adult or child, commenting so cheaply on someone’s inadequacies is negative. If you instead, commented gracefully and provided the actual corrected version of this article, instead of simply brow beating the author, then maybe I could have respected your perspective. Instead, you left me wandering the rest of the day with a negative taste in my mouth. Thank you for keeping your negative comments to yourself from now on.

  • This is not any kind of good advice. If you are tanning, you are damaging skin. Putting spf on so you” don’t get cancer” cracked me up. Getting a tan? Your exposing yourself to cancer.

  • Nebraska is on a lower latitudinal line from my location… Northern Illinois. Can tan fine here. I have always heard that the best time to tan is of course, between 11 am and 3 pm. Tried something different this year … it was on accident, but found a better tan. Not sure what the deal with this is, but have been sunning between 2 and 7 pm and am extremely far more pleased with the results than the typical 11 – 3 or 4 I have been doing for may years. Anyone else???

  • Yes head outside midday when the sun is at it’s blistering hottest and you are most likely to get burnt at the least and skin cancer at worst. Is this person demented? Crazy advice!

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