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Want to Get Dark Tan in One Day? Follow 4 Methods

Young slim tanned woman in black swimsuit posing

We all want that gorgeous golden-tanned look. But often we need to spend weeks to get that bronzed look. A dark tan can easily hide blemishes and enhance our look.

Sometimes we do not have enough time to wait for that dark tan, and we want to get that glowing dark tan in a day.

There are several options available to get tan fast without causing much damage to your skin.

Today I will share with you some interesting tips on how to get a dark tan in one day.

Ways to Get a Dark Tan in One Day

Every person wants to get that healthy, dark-tanned look by following an easy and safe method.

Here are some useful tips to help you get that glowing dark tan in a day.

Use self-tanning method

To get that instant tan without being exposed to the sun you can go for self-tanning.

Close up portrait of beautiful young dark tanned woman model

Self-tanners contain DHA that can help you to get that dark tan by reacting with the dead skin cells. Let us go through some details on self-tanning products.

Wear Gloves

It is necessary to wear gloves while using self-tanning products to protect your hand from turning orange.

After wearing a glove you can easily apply and spread the self-tanner all over your body and onto your hands.

Choose the Right Product

Self-tanners are available in different forms like gels, sprays, lotions, oil, cream, and foam. You need to choose the right product that suits your skin to get that dark tan in a day.

To avoid the pores from clogging you should use a non-comedogenic self-tanner.

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Spread Evenly

To get that even-toned tan look it is very important to spread the self-tanner evenly after applying.

To avoid streaks move your hands in a circular motion while spreading. Ask for help if your hands do not reach some areas of your body.

Proper Maintenance

Although using the right product can help you get that dark tan in one day but using a self-tanner is a temporary process. To maintain your tan you should re-apply it in a week.

I will also advise you to use a moisturizing lotion to prevent your skin from drying out and to maintain your tan.

Use the Sun-tanning Method

Sun tanning is the most common way of getting tan. We all love to lie down under the sun during those cold days.

sun’s rays depends on the time you go for a sunbath

Although sun tanning can help you to get that dark tan overexposure to sun rays can be harmful to your skin and health. Let us discuss some details before going out for sun tanning.

Choose the Right Time

The intensity of the sun’s rays is not the same throughout the day. So, you should choose the right time and make the most of the sun.

I will advise you to for sunbathing between 10 am to 4 pm to get that bronzed look.

Sun Protection is Necessary

If you want to spend a day in the sun then, proper sun protection is very important. Apply a lotion or oil with SPF 5 to 15 to prevent sun damage.

If you have fair skin then, SPF 15 can be the safest option. Also, apply lip balm with SPF 15 to protect your lips.

Use the Lotion Several Times

Use the sun-protecting lotion several times for the best protection. Reapply the lotion after every 2 to 3 hours.

Choose the Right Position

Changing positions is mandatory to get that even tan skin. You should make sure that the UV rays reach every part of your body.

Try to start from your back and turn over to your left, right, and stomach after every 30 minutes. To avoid tan lines even exposure is required for your legs and arms.

Choose to Use Accessories

To make your skin absorb most of the sunlight you can use accessories like a reflective towel. To make the sunlight hit your body place sunscreen at 45 degrees at your waist.

Proper Care

Your skin suffers moisture loss when exposed to the sun’s rays. So, you can maintain that bronzed look by keeping your skin moisturized using an aloe-based moisturizer.

Use a Sunbed

Using sunbeds can easily help you to get that dark tan in one day without going out in the sun. Sunbeds have light bulbs that emit UV rays thus, it is the quickest way of getting tan.

Woman using digital phone on the sunbed

As it is not the safest option let us discuss some precautions needed before using sunbeds.

Maintain Right Time

Spending a longer period of time in the tanning beds can burn your skin and cause severe damage. So, setting the right time is very important.

If you have a dark complexion then, use a tanning bed for a maximum of 20 minutes. But a person with fair skin should spend just 10 minutes in the sunbed to get that glowing bronzed look.

Protect Your Eyes

It is very important to protect your eyes from the UV rays in a sunbed. So, you should wear goggles to avoid any serious eye damage.

Tanning Accelerator Can be a Good Option

Using a tanning accelerator in the tanning bed can help you to get tan faster without too much exposure to UV rays.

Tanning accelerator also contains ingredients that can prevent your skin from drying out and damage.

Care for Using a Sunbed

To maintain that dark, glowing tan and to prevent your skin from drying out apply aloe-based moisturizer. This will keep your skin hydrated after the tanning session.

Also Read: Prepare Your Skin for Spray Tan

Use Spray Tan Method

The spray tanning method is quite similar to the self-tanning method.

get a dark tan in one day with a Spray tan

A self-tanning solution with DHA is to spritz on your skin to help you to get a dark tan. Let us discuss some ways to use spray tanners.


It is very important to exfoliate your skin properly a day before the spray tanning session.

Exfoliating your skin will remove dead skin cells and allow your skin to absorb the tanning solution completely. Always use an oil-free exfoliating scrub.

Choose the Layer of Spray Tan

To get that dark tan in one day you need to choose your shade. Light skin will need only one layer whereas darker skin might need a few more layers to get that perfect glowing tanned look.

Visit a Salon

If you do not have expertise in spray tanning then, it is best to visit a salon and get it done by a professional.

Often clients come up to me complaining about the streaks and blotches after spray tanning.

So, to get that even coverage with the right shade I will always advise you to get it done by an expert.

A spray tan needs to be touched up every week to maintain that long-lasting color. Getting that dark tan in one day can be fun if you follow the above-mentioned tips.

But whatever you choose do not forget to give your skin proper protection and moisturize to keep your skin healthy and glowing. So, keep tanning to look more gorgeous.

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Chloe Taylor

Hey there, I am Chloe Taylor, your trusted tanning expert. Dive into expert tips, product reviews, and skincare advice to unlock the secrets of a radiant tan. Also, join me in achieving that sun-kissed glow while safeguarding your skin, which can leave you feeling your best.

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