If you are planning to get a suntan, then it is advisable to take some precautions. A good sunscreen with an SPF factor according to the color of the skin is needed. Fair-skinned people are advised to use a sunscreen with SPF factor of more than 15. If sunscreen is not used during tanning in the sun the UV rays can harm your skin. It is also necessary to use a lip balm with sunscreen. It is advisable to apply the sunscreen in the shade and then wait for 20-25 minutes before going out in the sun. This will help the skin to soak up the sunscreen, and it will be more effective.
It is also necessary to reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours if you are going to be in the water. However, this is not necessary with waterproof sunscreen. If you notice that your skin is becoming red, then get out of the sunlight. This is because redness of the skin is a sign of sunburn. If you continue to remain in the sunlight, it will seriously damage your skin.
It is also advisable to wear the swimsuit that you plan to wear to show off your tan. Otherwise, you will get a patchwork of tan lines on your skin. In fact, if it is possible you should not wear any clothes at all when you are trying to get a tan. This will ensure that your whole body gets tanned uniformly.