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How to tan faster?

For those wishing to achieve a tanned complexion quickly, there are a few tricks to prepare the skin and speed up the tanning process. However, it's better to exercise patience to avoid damaging your skin. Here are some of our practical tips for tanning quickly in a skin-friendly manner.


Exfoliating the skin to facilitate tanning.

The first good practice to adopt is to prepare your skin for optimal tanning before any sun exposure. It is recommended toexfoliate your skin a few days before exposure in order to refine your skin texture by removing dead cells on the surface and allow for a more uniform result.

Exfoliation should be done about once or twice a week. To facilitate tanning, it should be done about 3 days before sunbathing. However, exfoliating the day before sun exposure may weaken the skin and increase the likelihood of sunburn.

Our product recommendations:

  • Composed of an exfoliating complex based on four AHAs and one PHA, our peeling mask for the face eliminates dead skin cells to unclog pores and refine skin texture. It leaves the complexion unified and the skin texture smoothed. Over time, it helps to reduce the presence of blackheads.

  • Formulated withsweet almond oil (INCI: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil) known for its nourishing properties, andsuper lavandin essential oil (INCI: Lavandula Hybrida Herb Oil), recognized for its regenerative and healing virtues, our nourishing body scrub rids the skin of dead cells thanks to the micro-grains of apricot kernels (INCI: Prunus Armeniaca Seed Powder). Exfoliated and nourished, the skin is soft, supple, and comfortable.

The use of a sun care product.

Contrary to popular belief, sun care products do not hinder tanning. On the contrary, the skin cannot maintain a beautiful, lasting tan if it is not protected. Therefore, avoid skipping sunscreen in an attempt to speed up the tanning process. You are exposing your skin to the risk of burning and sunburn. Indeed, your skin will turn red and peel instead of achieving a lovely tanned hue.

Sun care products are now available in several forms: spray, cream, stick, oil... Some are also considered as tanning care. Indeed, in addition to containing protective sun filters, these formulations also include self-tanning active ingredients. They often also contain ingredients rich in carotenoids, capable of stimulating the synthesis of melanin, such as carrot macerate or vitamin E.

Note: Before sunbathing, it is not recommended to apply skincare products containing olive oil or sunflower oil on the skin. These oils do not protect against UV rays and may even promote sunburn.

The application of a self-tanner.

The best solution for achieving a sun-kissed complexion in just a few hours without exposing oneself to the drawbacks of the sun is the application of a self-tanner. Indeed, this type of product allows one to avoid the sun's rays without having to give up a colorful skin tone. It's important to remember that heavy exposure to UV rays leads to an increase in free radicals within the body. These are unstable molecules that target and damage DNA, cell membranes, and certain proteins. UV rays are, among other things, responsible for sunburn, hyperpigmentation, photoaging, and even more serious issues, such as skin cancers.

Self-tanning products come in various forms (mousse, cream, milk, gel...) and are applied directly to the skin. They typically contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a molecule that reacts with the amino acids in the stratum corneum through a Maillard reaction to form melanoidin , a brown pigment. At Typology, we have formulated two treatments that provide a natural and gradual tan: a self-tanning serum for the face and a self-tanning gel for the body.

Note : there are also self-tanning showers. In a specialized booth, fine droplets of a self-tanning lotion are sprayed onto the body and/or face. This is a fairly convenient and quick technique (less than ten minutes if a machine is used) offering a uniform result. However, one might question the risk of inhaling DHA. Indeed, the ingestion or inhalation of this molecule could potentially lead to asthma, lung diseases, or cancer. To date, no health authority has established that self-tanning showers pose a health risk, due to the short exposure time to the product.

Intensely hydrate your skin to protect it.

A dehydrated skin is more sensitive to the UV rays of the sun. However, this does not mean it will tan faster. Dehydration increases the risk of the skin starting to peel or suffering a sunburn. Thus, instead of a nice tan, the skin would flake and become irritated. From a biological perspective, dehydrated skin is characterized by a weakened hydrolipidic film .Present on the surface of the epidermis, its function is to protect it from external factors but also to limit water loss. To strengthen it, it is recommended to hydrate sufficiently by drinking about 1.5 L of water per day, but also to apply a moisturizing cream, especially if you are going to be exposed to the sun.

Thus, choose a moisturizing cream according to your skin type and apply it daily, morning and evening. For the face, you can use our face moisturizing cream with 9 ingredients. Enriched with hyaluronic acid (INCI: Sodium Hyaluronate) and coconut oil (INCI: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil), it is a minimalist formula that hydrates and nourishes the epidermis. Its light and non-greasy texture is suitable for dry, normal and combination skin, even sensitive ones. For the body, prefer our body moisturizing cream with 10 ingredients, which hydrates all skin types.

Maintaining a healthy diet.

A sun-kissed complexion is not solely dependent on sun exposure but also on your diet. Indeed, the consumption of certain foods, rich in specific nutrients, can accelerate the melanogenesis process, which is the production of melanin. Therefore, do not hesitate to incorporate ingredients rich in beta-carotenes into your meals.

From a biological perspective, beta-carotene is converted into retinol, the active form of vitamin A, in the intestinal lining. Notably, the presence of retinol in the blood stimulates the synthesis of melanin. Therefore, regular consumption of carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, mangoes, peaches, or apricots promotes tanning and a healthy complexion.

You can also turn to dietary supplements rich in beta-carotenes. They have the advantage of containing a higher concentration of beta-carotenes than traditional foods, which accelerates tanning. To optimize their effects, it is recommended to start your regimen about a month before a sunny vacation. It can be continued upon return to prolong the tan. Note that the ideal duration of a regimen is generally three months.

Applying plant-based oils.

Some vegetable oils with a slight coloration immediately provide a subtle natural tan. This is particularly the case with the carrot macerate, which has a high content of vitamin A and carotenoids. This oil is also an excellent antioxidant, providing protection to the skin against free radicals. Moreover, the carrot macerate influences the melanogenesis process.

Another vegetable oil recommended for quick tanning is theburiti oil. Extracted through cold pressing, it is rich in carotenoids and also stimulates the production of melanin. This oil also possesses antioxidant and photoprotective properties. The carrot macerate or buriti oil can be used morning or evening, as the final step in your routine to enhance your complexion. They have been incorporated into our botanical blend for a sun-kissed complexion, a treatment that provides a healthy glow and a slight tan to the skin, without acting as a self-tanner.

Taking a sunbath on the water.

To accelerate the tanning process, sunbathing by the seaside can be a solution. Indeed, water and sand reflect UV rays, optimizing exposure. It is estimated that about 20% of UV rays are reflected by the sand, between 10 to 30% by the water, and 25% by sea foam. Even while swimming, be sure to protect your skin with a hat, sunglasses, and a water-resistant sunscreen.

Important : During prolonged exposure to the sun, it is crucial to reapply broad-spectrum sunscreen every two hours.

However, avoid UV tanning booths.

To tan faster, it might be tempting to use a UV tanning bed. However, this is highly discouraged, as artificial UV rays are more energetic than sunlight and, consequently, much more dangerous. Moreover, UV tanning beds emit UVA, UVB, and UVC rays, while UVC rays are normally blocked by the ozone layer and do not reach our skin when we expose ourselves to the sun. They are very harmful to the skin and eyes.

It's also worth noting that UV tanning booths are classified as "cancer-causing" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Scientists have estimated that exposure to artificial UV rays before the age of 30 increases the risk of developing a melanoma by 75%. Therefore, for safe tanning, it's better to avoid UV booths and favor natural sun exposure.


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