Should I Get a Tan Before Going on Vacation?

girl tanning on vacation

Have you heard of the idea of a base tan? It may seem like a reasonable idea, before you head off to the beach for vacation, getting a tan ahead of time. This might help you avoid burning, and there is the added benefit of not looking pale when you first arrive.

Getting a base tan

So does a base tan prevent burning? Experts estimate that going out in the sun with a base tan is equivalent to wearing a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 3 to 4. This means the skin can be exposed to up to four times more sun before burning than without the base tan. For example, if you would ordinarily burn after 20 minutes in the sun, a base tan might mean you can be in the sun for up to 80 minutes before burning. While it’s better than nothing, it’s a modest benefit; most recommended sunscreens have SPF of at least 15 to 30. Just because the skin can be exposed longer when you have a base tan, does not necessarily mean to skip the SPF. Base tans will make you feel and look better but you should still protect your skin.

Everyone’s skin is different. Some burn easy and others never burn. Despite your melanin levels, gradually tanning before a vacation can give you that proper glow and ensure you wear sunscreen without feeling like you won’t get the tan you want if you were to not wear any. With that being said, the tanning bed is not for everyone- which is why another great option is getting a spray/airbrush tan.

For those who have never tried a tanning bed or swear them off, spray or airbrush tanning is highly recommended. Despite the rumors, these “false” tans do not require as much work as you might have heard. With the simple and proper care, you can keep a nice airbrushed/spray tan for up to 2 weeks. Find yourself a trustworthy and reliable tanning location and get that sunless glow before your next vacation, to give the illusion of skin kissed by the sun.

Smile for the camera

Getting a base tan before vacation not only helps you avoid sunburn, it also allows you to glow in all of your photos! Many people are not tan by the time they go on their first vacation of the year and worry that their skin will not be as dark as they want for the photos. A few trips to Sizzle Tans will make it so you love the way your photos come out and you will be able to display them in your house and share them online with confidence!

One of our customers said “I visit Sizzle Tans multiple times in the month leading up to our week long family vacation that we take every year. I am always happy with the service and results!”


Whether you get a tan from the bed, airbrush, or spray, it is more than likely that you will be able to focus on the quality time of your vacation rather than the idea of laying out in the sun all day. Although, there is nothing wrong with laying out and baking all day, it can get quite boring. Get that quick and easy base tan before your big trip so you will be able to enjoy and explore wherever you are headed.

One comment on “Should I Get a Tan Before Going on Vacation?

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