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Beauty Boot Camp: How To Tighten And Bronze Your Skin For Summer

As the warm weather approaches, it’s time to pull out the swimsuits, shorts, and cover-ups. If you want to look toned and tanned, you’re not alone. Achieve that summer glow by following a few simple tips and tricks that don’t require you to sit out in the damaging rays of the sun.

Know Your Self-Tanning Strategy

First things first, you need to know how to tighten and bronze your skin most effectively for your skin type, as well as how to darken your skin.

  • Fair Skin: With fair skin, you want to reach your desired darkness slowly. Use a self-tanner that takes you just one to two shades darker at first before going for the full-bodied self-tanning products. You can also opt for a bronzer if you would rather avoid the self-tanners to start you out.
  • Medium Skin: When your skin has a medium tone you can go directly to the darker tanners right away. Make certain to exfoliate and test before applying any product to your entire body. It is also recommended to moisturize areas that tend to darken quicker prior to application.
  • Dark Skin: Skin that is already dark is not going to need a dark tanner. Use a tanner with gold in it or a gradual self-tanner to create a warm glow while also making your skin tone more even.

Now for the other things you can do to tighten and bronze your skin. 

Get A Skin Stimulating Deep Massage

Massaging the skin with retinol or caffeine will help in reducing any loose skin temporarily. This can be done at home or by a professional. There are also laser therapies for skin tightening you can undergo in the dermatologist’s office.

Go For Spray Tanning

A safe alternative to sun tanning is spray tanning. This method uses a safe compound to darken the appearance of your skin and lasts anywhere from 3-7 days.

Drink Plenty Of Water

Get rid of any impurities in your system by flushing your body from the inside out with consumption of lots of water. This will also keep you more energized, keep you healthier, and improve your overall appearance.

Eat Fruits & Vegetables

Leafy green salads and citrus fruits provide you with Vitamins E, C, and A along with anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, which can help invigorate your skin and flatten your stomach.


Exercise causes you to sweat which is a natural way to remove impurities in your system and make for healthier looking skin. It also increases your blood flow which makes your summer glow even brighter.


Promote cell regeneration and improve your glow with a nice sugar scrub or body brush exfoliation.

Try Natural Bronzing

Want to know how to darken your skin? You can DIY by creating your own bronzer in the kitchen with cocoa powder, cinnamon, and arrowroot, mixing until you reach a nice color. Start with even amounts of cocoa and cinnamon with a little arrowroot and experiment from there. Brush on as is, or add to lotion for a smooth application. This with both tighten and bronze your skin. 

Obtain that sun-kissed look without subjecting your skin to harmful UV rays. There are several products to use along with a few actions you can take to tighten and bronze your skin. You will be proud to show off your favorite summer dress or pair of shorts this beach season.