The traditional tanning methods of laying in the sun and using tanning beds have lost their popularity nowadays because of skin cancer risks. Because of these important discoveries in tanning many companies have developed tanning creams, lotions and sprays to get a tan without requiring the help of tanning beds or the sun. The majority of people choose this method of obtaining a tan since there is no huge health risk involved. The only damage a person may experience from using self tanning creams, lotions or sprays is if their skin is sensitive or they have an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the products.
The self tanning spray is the one that is gaining the most popularity among these inventions . This product is easy to use. All you have to do is spray it evenly on your skin and wait for it to dry. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the active chemical found in tanning products. Amino acids in your skin are triggered by this chemical agent to produce a tan without the use of harmful UV rays. Many have recognized self tanners as a safe and effective way to obtain a tan since they do not run the risks that traditional tanning beds do. Although applying a self tanning spray is quite easy, following these steps will allow you to achieve a perfect even tan.
Here are three tips for applying self tanner:
Prep Your Skin
Before you apply a tanning spray, make sure that your chosen self tanner does not contain any ingredients that you are allergic to. After reading the instructions carefully, apply a small amount of the spray to your body. Wait an appropriate amount of time for any discoloration or allergic reactions. By taking a little extra time to do this, you can check the quality of the tanning spray and you reduce the risk of turning orange. You know what I’m talking about.
The spray will be more effective if you remove all the dead skin cells on your body. The reason is that self tanning sprays usually “adhere” to the outer layer of your skin. If dead skin cells are still on your body, they will be ones that get tanned. Your tan will not last long since dead skins cells are easily removed. On the other hand, healthy skin cells hold onto self tanners much longer. Exfoliate your entire body using a loofah or a scrub scrub of your choosing. Pay special attention exfoliate your whole body especially the your knees and elbows.
Along with exfoliating your body, make certain to apply lotion several hours before you apply your tanning spray. This not only softens your skin but makes it more receptive to the self tanner, thus making your tan last longer.
Strategies for Application
To avoid tanning the palms of your hands, make sure that you wear a pair of disposable gloves. Some choose to use their hands to apply the spray. If you decide not to wear gloves, don’t forget to wash your hands immediately after application to avoid turning the palms of your hands orange.
Make certain to apply the self tanning spray evenly. Keep a towel or tissue handy for wiping off drips. Pay special attention to areas that people often forget such as the back of your ears to achieve even color. When you’re finished and the spray has dried, wear dark clothing because the spray sometimes discolors lighter shades of clothing.
A Few More Tips
After applying the spray, check and see if you need to make any necessary adjustments if you find any uneven spots. Stand still for about a minute to avoid dripping. It is important that you do not make any movements. Moving your joints can easily remove the application in those areas. Follow the instructions listed on your self tanner and do not forget to wear sunscreen when you go out. Most tanning sprays contain a sunscreen formula; however, it is best to apply it separately for added protection.
These three steps will give you that perfect tan you have been searching for. All you have to worry about now is finding that perfect bikini to go with your new tan.