How to get that perfect summer glow: Our top 5 tips to getting an even tan

How to get that perfect summer glow: Our top 5 tips to getting an even tan

Golden-brown goodness

Text: Anna Aye

Raise your hands if you've been staying indoors for months and months, and you've nearly given up on the possibility of getting that perfect summer glow from being outside. Unfortunately, re-adjusting to the outside world can prove to be a lot less glamorous than just stepping outside to get a healthy tan. With the need to don masks to protect ourselves from the virus — coupled with the scorching Singaporean sun — you can expect some very strange tan lines to show up. With a good number of us spotted at beaches enjoying our first taste of freedom in Phase 2 of the circuit breaker, we're pretty sure that more of us will be concerned about getting an even tan. But not to fret; we've got you covered (literally) when it comes to getting a healthy, even tan. Below, five tips that will convince you that your summer tan is still very much on the horizon.

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

We can't emphasise this enough, and we'll continue to do so. Exfoliation helps you get rid of the rougher outer layer of skin to ensure that the sun hits evenly on a smooth layer of skin. You can try physical exfoliators like loofahs, but chemical ones work just as well. Using products containing glycolic or lactic acid can do wonders to help you scrub away that outer layer of dirt and debris on your skin.


SPF on, always

There's no such thing as too much protection. Even while you're suntanning, exposure to harmful UV rays can cause your skin to age way, way faster than it normally does. You wouldn't want all those wrinkles to surface in your early years, would you? Our best advice is to slap on some sunscreen and re-apply constantly — your skin will thank you for it later.


Break out the self-tanner

Tanning oils and other self tanners can do a pretty darn good job at giving you the perfect summer glow. No more pasty, uneven skin when you can fake that post-vacay tan with a bottle of self tanner, or even body makeup. There's few things that a bit of self-tanning mousse can't camouflage, even those embarrassing demarcations of uneven skin.


Moisturise copiously

Dry skin can almost always lead to your skin breaking out or flaking excessively, leading rough skin that won't look as good when you're trying to get a healthy, even tan. Lotion up to make sure your skin doesn't get ashy and cracked. Moisturising also helps you form a barrier between your skin and the self-tanner or body makeup, making sure you have an extra layer of protection while you get golden-brown.


Use skincare that helps you even out your skin tone

Although it may take awhile to really reap the results of doing so, using tone-evening skincare products can help you ensure a healthy, even tan. We recommend something that has vitamin C in it to really keep your defences up against harmful UV rays and sunburn, making sure that you get an all-around even skin tone.