There is no such thing as ‘the faster tan'. There is only being consistent with your tanning schedule and one of the best ways to do this is to use tanning beds. Tanning outside takes longer and your tan may be inconsistent.
Start with only five minutes for your first tan and see what happens. Follow the instructions of a tanning professional. Be sure to follow all directions. If you are consistent, you will have a tan in a short amount of time, shorter than getting a tan out in the sun.
You could try tanning sprays if you are in need of a quick fix, but it may be better to try to prepare yourself by visiting a tanning salon first if you can. Tanning sprays or lotions may leave streaks if you don't do it right. You could also ask a tanning professional at the salon about tanning sprays that they recommend if you need to.
Why is it important to develop a base tan?
Exposure to UVB helps develop a natural barrier in the skin to protect the body from too much UV light. UVB stimulates the production of melanin, which then makes your cells stronger and less susceptible to UV light. This melanin substance absorbs and/or scatters radiation. In addition, exposure to UVB thickens the epidermis (the top skin layer), thereby limiting the amount of UV light, which could penetrate the lower skin layers. If this base tan is not developed or a sunscreen is not used, sunburn can occur and the DNA of the skin cells may become damaged. Repeated sunburn can result in damaged cells, which then reproduce themselves. This could be the initial development of skin cancer.
Therefore, it’s wise to use a broadband sunscreen while exposed over a prolonged period of time or in sun intensive regions.