The best time of day to get a tan is between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The sun is highest at midday, which offers the greatest opportunity for optimal tanning results.
Sunbathing outside is the most natural way to tan, as the sun's rays are a healthier option than tanning beds. Protect the skin from burning and overexposure when spending time outdoors. Tanning creams and oils with lower SPFs protect the skin from harmful rays and still allow the skin to tan. Reapply tanning lotions every few hours to ensure constant protection. Tanning outside of the midday hours still results in a suntan, but the process takes slightly longer.