If you are coming to Puerto Vallarta then there is a good chance that you would like to come back home with a great tan so you can make everyone jealous. These are some tips to keep it as safe as possible, avoid being on pain and make it last longer:
1 – Tan gradually. If you are going to be in the sun, limit your exposure. Instead of spending 3 hours in direct sun in one day, try to break your tanning sessions into smaller pieces, such as one hour or a half hour at a time. This reduces the likelihood of sunburn and gives your body time to equip itself with melanin which not only gives you color, but also protects your skin from the next round of sun exposure.
2 – Moderate your exposure to UV further by wearing sunscreen. The more naturally fair your skin, the higher sun protection factor (SPF) you’ll need. Remember that SPF extends the time you can spend in the sun without suffering from additional damage–it does not eliminate sun damage altogether. For example, with SPF 10, you can spend 150 minutes in the sun (2.5 hours) but only get the effects of spending 15 minutes tanning.
3 – Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before you go in the sun. Reapply 15-30 minutes after you’re exposed to the sun. After that, only reapply after any activity that might removed the sunscreen, such as swimming, or excessive sweating and rubbing.
4 – Extend your tan. Instead of going back into the sun to replenish a fading tan, try to maintain your existing tan for as long as you can. Since the melanin that gives you color is in the outer layer of your skin, you’ll keep it longer by slowing down the rate at which your skin peels or sheds. Apply moisturizer generously twice a day and do not exfoliate your skin.
And remember, there is not a 100% safe way to tan, do it with moderation and you will avoid to be in pain while on Vacation.