Self tanners are a safe, easy alternative to spending time in the sun or tanning beds, but only if you know how to use it without turning orange or looking like a patchwork quilt. With a few key tricks, you can use self tanners to keep a golden glow year round, no matter what the weather does and without spending a fortune in a tanning salon.
The first trick to getting a good result from a self tanner is to choose a quality product. The only way you will look good with a sunless tan is if you get a natural looking color; cheap self-tanning lotions will cast a frightening orange hue to your skin that is instantly recognized as a fake tan.
Be prepared to purchase a product that costs just a bit more, as they do tend to avoid unnatural colors. Some of the highest rated self tanners in an affordable price range include Coppertone Oil Free Effortless Sunless Tanning Lotion, Banana Boat Sunless Tanning Crème and Neutrogena Instant Bronzing Foam or Sunless Tanning Foam. You may find get the best results from a heavier cream rather than the foams, given that you are applying a denser product.
To get a nice even golden color, start by exfoliating and moisturizing your skin. Use a loofah pad or a washcloth to give your skin a good scrub before you apply your self tanner.
Plan your day so you don't need to take a shower right after applying the self tanner. You need to allow time for your skin to absorb the lotion completely or you will wind up washing your tan off in the shower. This may take three to four hours. You will also want to wear as little clothing as possible while the lotion does its work. The active ingredient in self tanners is DHA, and DHA is activated by oxygen.
Make sure you wear some gloves on your hands when you apply the self tanner, or your palms will look unnaturally dark.
You've come a long way, baby, as have self tanners. Go ahead and give yourself a gorgeous golden glow without the worry of UVA/UVB rays from the sun and tanning booths.
Tanning beds do more than just give you a great tan year round. These are a great source of relaxation. With my skin complexion I am only able to do this for 4-5 minutes a day. But I love those few minutes of relaxation.
If you are like so many of the people out there who dread that first visit to the ever popular tanning bed salon, you probably have all kinds of questions that you are embarrassed to ask anyone about.