According to Ask Men, getting the perfect tan outdoors requires tanning gradually over a period of several days. Anyone trying to tan outdoors should wear sunscreen to prevent burning. Sunscreen does not prevent tanning, but it does protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.
Ask Men cautions against getting a sunburn and believing the burn will fade into a tan. A burn simply creates broken blood vessels and causes the skin to blister and peel. In addition, baby oil should be avoided when trying to tan, as it only promotes burning. After achieving the perfect tan gradually, it is important to moisturize the tanned skin twice per day to prevent peeling and exfoliation.