Most people who go for tanning, simply visit the beach, take off their clothes, apply the tanning lotion or oil and just bask in the sun. However, if you have very fair skin, you need to apply the sunscreen about 25 to 30 minutes before exposing yourself to the sun's rays. This will help the sunscreen be absorbed into your skin and will enhance its resistance power.
If you have to drive for about 30 to 40 minutes to go the beach, you should ideally apply the sunscreen before you leave. Make sure that the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is around 15.
Avoid tanning under the midday sun
By tanning under the midday sun, you will be more susceptible to burns because the sun will be at its peak. Therefore, it is highly recommended that if you have light or very fair skin, you should tan early morning or in the evening. This will help you save your skin from getting damaged.
Tan in a sequence
You should tan your body in a sequence to ensure an even tan. Remember that an uneven tan will be more apparent on light and fair skin. You should lie down straight on a towel under the sun for 15 minutes. It is recommended that you set an alarm for the duration and turn around once it rings. Tan your back for 15 minutes then before getting up and taking a shower.