It's best to tan gradually over several days. While tanning outside, wear sunscreen, avoid baby oil, and avoid getting a sunburn. It's recommended to apply moisturizer on a daily basis in order to maintain a good tan and prevent peeling.
It's best to apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out to tan. Sunscreen should be re-applied after getting out of the pool, even if the sunscreen is waterproof. Wearing sunscreen while tanning outside keeps the sun's harmful rays from the skin and allows an individual to tan gradually.
To avoid being burned, one should avoid tanning from ten in the morning to four in the afternoon when the sun is its strongest. Also, avoid wearing dark colors while tanning.