You've worked hard to get golden and you've got no patience for any telltale signs of straps. Don't let wayward clothing detract from your perfect tan.
- TIP: When wearing "tan-through" suits, avoid tan lines by applying a sunscreen to your uncovered skin that matches the protection offered by the fabric, usually an SPF between six and 10.
- Step 1: Be vigilant. Tan lines can appear slowly, from habitually wearing the same sunglasses or flip-flops, or suddenly, from a rookie mistake like not applying your sunscreen evenly.
- Step 2: If you do get a line, two quick fixes can save you. Apply a high-SPF sunscreen to your tanned areas, and a low SPF to your lighter patches--and promptly get some sun or visit a tanning bed. Alternatively, apply fake tanner, making sure to carefully overlap with your real tan.
- FACT: Brazilian women have high regard for tan lines, which are a sign of their efforts at the beach.
- Step 3: Companies like Cooltan and Solar Tan Thru have engineered "tan-through" bathing suits made from special fabrics that allow your skin to absorb UV rays directly through the material. Put one on and forget about lines!
- TIP: If you go for the naked route, be sure to cover up your most sensitive bits with protective and reflective gear.
- Step 4: Shoulder lines are always the most visible. When you're poolside, push your straps down, go for a strapless bikini, or just roll over on your stomach and unhook. If you're really daring, trade your top for a pair of pasties.
- Step 5: Whether you're a do-it-yourself kind of person or you leave your tan to the wise hands of a spray tech, sunless tanning gives you a fairly private way to get your all-over glow in the buff.
- Step 6: Calling all exhibitionists! Take a field trip to the tanning beds, the nude beach, or your own back yard. Your neighbors may get an unwanted eyeful, but you'll get consistent color the natural way.
- : Unprotected or prolonged exposure to UV rays is dangerous, and can greatly increase your risk for skin cancer and other skin damage.