With all the beauty innovations that encourage a healthy, even, summery glow, you may be tempted to do a fake tan of your own this season. The benefits to a fake tan are obvious: you can achieve quick attractive color without the sun damage and aging effects of traditional tanning. If you want to make your fake tan more even and realistic, follow these simple tips to achieve a golden glow that will last.
Go to a tanning salon
If you are very light-skinned, need a tan for a special occasion, or you have never done a fake tan before, then going to a tanning salon is your best option. Using special equipment, expert spray tanners can spray your arms, legs, torso, and face individually to create an even, natural-looking glow. Or, you can go into a private spray tan booth to have spurts of color administered to your body in even coverage. Results are instant and look very natural, allowing you to feel confident in your new healthy hue When you get to the tanning salon, listen closely to the spray tan instructions, such as:
- not allowing treated areas to touch clothing or other body parts for several minutes
- showering or wiping off any existing lotion prior to tanning
- avoiding getting spray tan chemicals in the eyes
If you want to do your own fake tanning at home, you will want to prepare your skin for the saturation process that can either give you even coverage or leave you with unsightly streaks. The best way to do this is by exfoliating your skin, especially dry areas (your heels, elbows, and knees). Do this in the shower by applying a sugar and soap mixture to your body scrub or loofah to rub away dead and dry skin.
After exfoliating your skin, you can apply your fake tan, being careful to avoid placing too much self-tanner on your knees, elbows, and heels. The drier the area you are placing tanner on, the more color it will absorb, which can leave your skin uneven in color. If applying self-tanner to your face, make sure you use a product specifically for facial skin, as these kinds of tanners are typically lighter and thinner for easier application.
Whether you go to a tanning salon or want to do your fake tan at home, you can achieve a vibrant, healthy hue without streaks if you take the right precautions. If you have any questions about self-tanner use or techniques, your friendly professionals at your local tanning salon will be happy to assist you.