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Essential Tips For Sunless Tanning

UV rays can be dangerous, so many are turning to airbrush and spray on tans instead. Follow these tips for sunless tanning for your bronzed skin! The FDA has stated and documented a 75% increased risk in developing melanoma among tanning-bed users. Sunbathing, while a healthier choice, can still increase your risk and cause premature […]

UV rays can be dangerous, so many are turning to airbrush and spray on tans instead. Follow these tips for sunless tanning for your bronzed skin!

The FDA has stated and documented a 75% increased risk in developing melanoma among tanning-bed users. Sunbathing, while a healthier choice, can still increase your risk and cause premature aging. We all know this, and we do it anyway. We want the beautiful, bronzed, flawless skin that comes along with a tan. Recently sunless tanning has become the more popular, safer alternative to tanning beds and sunbathing.

In recent years we have tried to achieve this tan bronzed look with creams and sprays. We looked more like roasted pumpkins. If that did not give it away, the endless streaks would. Sunless tanning was not all that.

Things have changed! If you have not tried a sunless tanning product recently, you should give them a try. Spray tans have improved tremendously. The need to meet the growing demand of consumers has pushed manufacturers to compete for the best quality products available on the market today.

Most sunless tanning products contain DHA, which is a non toxic 3 carbon sugar most often derived from sugar beets. It works by interacting with dead skin cells, resulting in brown skin. This is a temporary tan that can last up to seven days. It goes away as you naturally exfoliate. This is why everyone usually suggests you exfoliate before using a sunless tanner. Removing the excess dead skin will help your spray tan last longer and create a more even finish.

tips for sunless tanning

Tips For Sunless Tanning

When exfoliating use a body scrub and a loofah. Focus on the areas where the skin is thicker, like the knees, elbows, and ankles. Make sure you are completely dry, and then apply a light moisturizer to your fingernails, toenails, feet and eyebrows.

Always choose a tinted aerosol spray tan. When you use clear aerosols, you may have a difficult time telling how much tan you’ve applied to your skin. Aerosols will also create more of an airbrush tanning effect. I usually avoid creams and lotions because they tend to streak when you rub them in.

Go easy on your knees and elbows, and spray them lightly compared to other areas. Use a special technique to spray your back: Spray the mist into the air and step back into it as you would if you were applying perfume. Do this 2 to 3 times to make sure that you get enough product on your back. This process works even better if you have someone spray your back for you.

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Melissa Brasher

Written by Melissa Brasher