Getting a Great Spray-On Tan

If you want a tan without the skin damage that can be caused by both the sun and tanning beds, then you may want to consider a spray-on tan. Unfortunately, many people avoid getting a spray-on tan because it is known to look uneven, streaky or orange in appearance. It's possible for you to have spray tanning done without any of these unattractive effects.

Achieving the Best Fake Bake
To achieve a natural effect from a spray-on tan, you will want to consider having airbrush spray tanning done at a salon. The spray-on technique uses dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which makes the skin turn darker without the help of the sun's rays. Of course, this is not to say that a spray-on tan will look perfect every time you have it done professionally. It is important to make sure that you follow directions when you have airbrush tanning done at a salon.

In order to prevent your skin from turning orange or uneven, you should prepare for your spray-on tan before you go to the salon. Most important, exfoliate as much as possible, particularly in areas where you have rough skin. Although some people recommend that you moisturize, the main key is to make sure that you do not overmoisturize because the spray-on tan will not stick as well, causing an uneven appearance.

After you have had your spray-on tan done, you will want to moisturize the skin to lock in the color. Avoid showering for at least a few hours and, if possible, wait until the next day. A spray-on tan may become uneven or streaky in appearance if certain areas are washed off, while other areas remain.

At-Home Techniques
You do not necessarily need to go to a salon for your spray-on tan to be flawless. You can use plenty of sunless tanning sprays at home, and they can give you good results as long as you follow a few tips.

First, the right clothes can make all the difference. When you do a home spray-on tan, it is best to wear clothing that covers any area that you do not want to become tanned. Make sure that the tanner is not able to get underneath the clothing, as it may affect skin that you want to stay as-is.

When you do an at-home spray-on tan, you will need to be careful of dripping. Use a towel to blot away any drips because, otherwise, your skin will look streaky and uneven. You may also need to blot areas where tanner was applied too heavily, such as the elbows, knees or feet.

Many people fear that a spray-on tan can cause orange palms, knees and elbows. You probably will not experience orange palms because your fingers will not come directly in contact with the tanner, but you can consider wearing latex gloves or washing your hands once you have finished. To prevent a spray-on tan from turning your elbows and knees orange, try applying moisturizer to the areas to prevent the tanner from sticking very well.

Since your feet and hands tend to be lighter than the rest of your body, you will probably want the same effect when you do a spray-on tan. To ensure that the skin is lighter, you may want to consider using the same moisturizer technique that you would use on your knees and elbows. When you do a spray-on tan, you can also hold the can further away from your body in order to make sure that less of the tanner hits your skin.

Whether you are going to a salon to have your spray-on tan done or you plan to do your own at home, remain as still as you can during the process. If you are tanning at home, you may want to ask a friend or family member to help you. Even the slightest movement can cause your tan to become uneven and cause a streaky appearance. Also make sure that you do not move while the tanner is drying.

The main benefit of a spray-on tan is the fact that you will avoid the skin damage you would have received with sunbathing or a tanning bed. If you are afraid to try out this type of tanner due to uneven, streaky or orange skin, you may want to reconsider. As long as you are careful and patient with the process, you will be less likely to experience any of the problems commonly associated with sunless tanners.

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