Summer is here and we’re all looking for that perfect summer glow to go with the lighter hair and fun summer dresses! Nothing is better than catching the perfect sun while on vacation, at the same time you should be careful to avoid sunburn, which won’t look so good at all. Many of us would travel the world to go to hottest vacation destinations for the cinnamon tan, but completely neglect our skin, which leads to nasty sunburns and flaky, dry skin. First off, I would like to mention that I hate tanning beds, regardless of how safe they try to make it seem, there’s just something about an artificial sun that I feel would just not be the same as tanning outdoors.

Since many of us are on vacation I figured why not write an article about how to get the perfect summer tan! I notice many people go overboard with this, and sometimes it is very alarming to watch people bake away without even considering what they are actually doing to themselves other than getting a tan.

Here are some tips and tricks to do so:
* Exfoliate your skin before you go tanning to remove the dead skin that will cause you to start flaking which won’t allow you to have a long lasting tan.
* Pack on sunscreen instead of sunblock, to shield you from harmful UVA and UVB rays but still give you a lovely tan.

* Use water-resistant sunscreen 15 minutes before swimming to allow the sunscreen to bind to your skin.
* Avoid peak hours, the general rule is to avoid the sun from 10am to 4pm, however from where I’m from, or in the Middle East in general, it is sometimes impossible to lay out for more than 10 minutes in the summer due to the extreme heat.
* Build up your time in the sun by adding on 15-30minutes every time you lay out in the sun, this will help with not getting sunburnt and it will gradually help you build your tan for it to last longer.
* Always use an “After Sun” body lotion to moisturize your skin.
* Drink loads of water to lock in as much moisture in your skin, because being exposed to the sun can cause dehydration as well as dry skin.

However, if you ever get to carried away with tanning and end up sunburned, here are a few quickies to relieve the burn:
* Add cool compress on the area immediately.
* Add cool milk or yoghurt to the area to create a protein film on your skin for comfort.
* Avoid perfumes and scented soaps to stop dryness and irritation.
* Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath to balance the pH of sunburned skin so it can start healing.
* Soak in an oatmeal bath if you ever suffer from an itchy sunburn.
* Use lotions that contain Aloe Vera to soothe and moisturize the area.
* Never remove any peeling skin, or play with blisters.

Keep in mind that as much as we all would love a good tan, there is only so much tanning your skin can take, and we all have that cut-off tan where your skin can no longer get darker. We also need to carefully consider the harm we are causing to our skin which can lead to serious life-threatening illnesses such as skin cancer. Don’t overdo it because sometimes being too tanned can come off as too much and that’s not a nice look. Being safe should always be your priority in everything you do, especially when it is related to beauty. Do everything moderately. Enjoy your summer vacation!