Sunless Tanning Tips

by Sharon Hopkins

For decades now, people across the globe have been spending hours under the sun, trying to achieve the bronze-kissed tan that they want to acquire. However, with various growing concerns like the scorching ultraviolet index, the depleted ozone and increasing rates of skin cancer, people have begun shying away from the sun. Too much exposure to the sun could also lead to early wrinkles, age spot, sagging skin and skin cancer. Fortunately there are various sunless tanning booths and lotions that would help you acquire the perfect tan, without stepping foot on a hot beach. In the present times, a tan acquired, using effective sunless tanning tips can be indistinguishable from a tan, where you exposed your skin to the sun for hours. A sunless tan can actually be better and more evenly spread, as compared to a natural tan. However, good products and skillful application are the key ingredients to a good sunless tan. Given below are some general indoor tanning tips, to achieve the look you want:

  • Make sure that the shade you choose complements your natural skin tone. For people who are very fair, it is recommended that you start with a "light" product and then work your way to a "medium". Leave the "deep" and "dark" labels for people who have naturally dark complexions and tan easily.
  • Opt between sunless tanning lotions or sprays. Lotions usually have an effect that lasts longer and sprays are easier to apply, even on places that are not easy to reach. Although most sprays and lotions are clear on application, some of them are pre-tinted, which makes it easier for you to check if they have been applied evenly or not.
  • For even tanning results, exfoliating the skin is very important, as it helps in getting rid of the dead skin. Omitting this step could result in dark patches in some places and peeling color in others. Using a soapy washcloth is the best option. Areas like elbows, knees, ankles and feet-tops should be given extra attention.
  • Bronzed palms are the first sign of a fake tan. While applying the spray, make sure that you wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly once you apply the spray on each part of your body. Don't wait till the end to wash it off.
  • Start with your legs and work your way up to your torso, your neck and then your face. If you are using a lotion, you may need some help with the hard to reach areas. Never use a spray on your face; apply the tanner on your palms, rub your palms together and then apply it evenly on the face, blending it evenly on the neck, jaw, hairline and ears.

Once you have applied the tanner, let it dry completely and wait for at least an hour before your go swimming or wear tight clothing. Even sweating can ruin a tan, so avoid any activity that can make you perspire.

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