Not everyone has the luxury of having naturally brown skin. Sometimes you just need a quick fix when it comes to a tan. Life comes at you quickly, and sometimes a spur of the moment event can come around the corner requiring you to tan up quickly. However, going to the tanning booth or laying out can be not only costly on your money and time, but also can be unhealthy, exposing you to UV radiation. Sunless tanners allow you to get a great bronze look easily and sunburn free. In this guide we’ll explain how to choose the best sunless tanner for you, and how to use it.
There are two important kinds of sunless tanners. Once you understand the two varieties and know which you will require, all you need to do is find which product in that category works for you.
Gradual self-tanning formulas will darken your skin just a shade, allowing for you to achieve the precise skin tone you are looking for. These are best to use when you have time, or as a weekly ritual.
On the flip side, instant tanning formulas will give your skin a much darker tone with just one application. This makes them ideal for use when you need to achieve a deep bronze tone on a very short notice, such as for an upcoming wedding or similar event. Be warned however: a hasty application can lead to a bad-looking unnatural tan. Most products will explain on the packaging what their indented use is for, and any specific application instructions. They will also identify how dark the formula is. Keep in mind there are many different methods of application. Some are sprays, while some are lotions. Experiment with different products to learn what your favorite style is.
When using the tanner you choose, there are a few steps that must be followed for the tanner to produce a good looking and natural tan. First, it’s important to shave any areas of the body that you will be applying the tanner to. Any remaining hair on in the area can affect the tanner negatively, adding blotches to the otherwise even tone. Second, it’s always a good plan to exfoliate your skin, so that the tanner is being applied to fresh skin. This will allow the tanner to last longer, as opposed to application on dead skin, which will wear off much quicker. Make sure you dry off any areas you will be applying the tanner to, as the mixture of water and tanner can lead to a very messy appearance. And finally, remember to wear gloves as you work with the product. When you naturally tan your palms do not tan to the same degree as the rest of your body. Therefore, bronze palms are a dead giveaway that you are using a sunless tanner, and just flat out don’t look good. Latex gloves can be found and purchased easily most anywhere, and are perfect for wearing while applying your product.