Many people aks themselves: Do I get tanned on cloudy days as well? There are a lot of people that believe that they can only get tanned or sunburned on sunny days but actually there is also the tendency for you to get tanned on cloudy days. While it is normally to associate a tan or sunburn with a hot sunny day, it is also possible for you get a tan and in fact serious sunburns during cloudy days and even during the months of winter because about 85% of the rays from the sun actually pass through the clouds, mist or fog.
UV radiation emitted from the sun is the main reason for the changes in the color of our skin. These changes lead to a tan occurring as well as a burn mainly due to overexposure to the sun.
The effects of clouds on UV radiation differ and depend on the types of clouds. Skies that are fully overcast usually lead to reductions to the UV radiation that reaches the earth’s surface and there are, also instances where broken or scattered clouds can reduce the level and amount of UV radiation. The little UV radiation that escapes through the clouds can cause an individual to get tanned and if not careful or properly checked can make the individual get sunburned. So yes, you do get tanned on cloudy days
Clouds normally reflect the incoming radiation in different directions due to them being scattered or broken which is why on cloudy days we can have certain areas actually receiving more sunlight than other areas.
If you intend spending time outside on a cloudy day, you have to be mindful of the type of clouds above you in the sky. Different types of clouds restrict or block UV radiation than others. For example, clouds that are grey in nature could allow about 30% of UV radiation to pass through to the earth surface. On the other hand, clouds that are full, soft and white in nature are quite worse because they allow about 85% of radiation to pass through to the earth surface. This makes it very essential for people to protect themselves when out on such days.
Generally people tend to change the way they behave when out on cloudy days. They protect themselves less from UV radiation and do not make use of sunscreen, because they believe they are less likely to get a tan or sunburn on such days. While UV radiation on cloudy day is less than on a clear day, staying under the clouds can still make you have a tan and get sunburn. Even a cloudy sky can still allow a substantial amount of UV radiation to pass through.
The 10 best tanning tips to transform your body to a golden brown
The feeling of having beautiful, sun-kissed skin is something everyone wants. Sunshine can boost your mood, energy and immune system. Make sure you apply the 10 best tanning tips to be ready this summer.
1.Nutrition for great tanning results
Think carrots and plums. These carotenoid-rich foods have antioxidants which will help your skin recover faster in the sun and encourage a natural radiant glow. Olive oil and fish have Omega 3 which acts as a moisturizer and helps give skin it’s natural firmness, all year round. A healthy diet will lay the foundation for your tan, and reduce the ageing effect on your skin.
2.How do I achieve a long lasting tan?
Little and often is best. Nothing looks worse than being burnt red on holiday. So build a solid tan base first. If you are able to ‘top up’ your tan with small sessions, this will help greatly to keep your colour. Make sure to always put on sun-Screen before going out on a sunny day!
3.How much time should I spend in the sun?
Everyone’s skin reacts differently in the Sun. You should tan yourself dependent on your natural skin complexion and how much of a tan base you have already. To detect which skin type you are, please visit:
Also, the time you spend in the sun should always be dependent on the UV-Index. Please visit the
For the first tanning session, 30 minutes in the sun with factor 30 sunscreen is suitable for most People
To receive all information about a sun protection for a healthy suntan, please visit the World Health Organisation: http://www.who.int/uv/sun_protection/en/
How to avoid tanning lines?
4. Undress for success! The less clothes the better for tanning (no surprise).
When this isn’t possible, the next best option is a TanMeOn tan through t-shirt. The sun’s rays pass directly through the shirt, making it possible to tan while playing sports or walking out. This way you will get an even tan, while staying active. No more tan lines!
5. What sunscreen should I use?
It is recommended to use a screen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and has SPF of at least 30. This can be reduced depending on tanning level. Sunscreen should be water resistant if swimming.
Please check this guide from the Enviromental protection agency for more information.
6. How to tan without burning?
Getting the maximum tan without burning is a delicate process. Often it can be difficult to tell the burning before it is too late.
- Avoid peak hours – the sun between 11.00 – 3pm, this is when the UV radiation is at it’s highest.
- Apply sunnscreen and reapply your sunscreen every hour, as it weakens over time.
- don’t stay in the sun all the time. You will also get tanned in the shade!
- Keep track of time! Dont fall asleep at the beach.
7.Will my sun tan come off in the shower?
A natural tan will never wash off in the shower, as the tanning process takes place inside the skin’s cells. It takes between 24-48 hours for the tanning effects to take place; it does not matter when you take a shower. It is best to use a gentle soap and apply a skin moisturizer afterwards.
8. Always exfoliate
By rubbing the dead skin cells off first with a washcloth, this will help your tan be more even and help it last longer.
9.What are the health benefits of a tan?
Increased vitamin D3 production from sunshine has many benefits – including healthier bones and teeth. Sunshine can help with an improved immune system, with some studies showing benefits against depression and insomnia. Use this energy to be active outside!
10. Keep moving for an even tan!
Playing sports and moving about will give you completely even tan – while keeping fit. By laying on a towel on the beach only one side is tanned, therfore: Keep Moving. By the way: We also have tan-through team gear.