How To Apply A Sunless Tanner

For those of you who choose not to expose your skin to the sun, but would still like to have a natural-looking glow of sun-touched skin, sunless tanning is the way to go.

However, in order to achieve an even application of color, there are certain steps you can take that will assist greatly.

Personally, I always apply a sunless tanner in the evening, a few hours before going to bed.

I do this for two reasons. One, I seem to have more time in the evening, therefore I can do a more thorough job. And two, I don't like to put on clothing after I've applied a sunless tanning product because of the possibility of staining.

How to:

*Always take a shower or bath before applying a sunless tanner, so your skin is clean and fresh.

*Use a non-oily body scrub to exfoliate dead skin and dry patches. This makes for a more even distribution of color. Be sure to concentrate on rougher areas of the skin, such as elbows, knees, and feet.

*Rinse scrub thoroughly, so there is no gritty residue left on your skin.

*After towel drying, allow your skin to air-dry completely for at least 30 minutes.

*I prefer using a sunless tanning lotion or cream, rather than a spray. I have found that a spray works better if someone else is applying it rather than myself. I've never had much luck with sprays, so I avoid them.

*Use your bare hands, not plastic or rubber gloves when applying a sunless tanner. Using gloves will only cause an uneven application, trust me.

*Start by applying the lotion or cream to your feet, then gradually move up to your face. Be sure to apply a thin and even coat.

*In order to apply a sunless tanning product to your back (which can be challenging), you can purchase a backhand body lotion applicator which has a long handle (similar to a back scratcher).

*After completely applying the product to your entire body, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, and dry them. Then apply a small amount of self tanning product to the top of one hand, and then use the top of the other hand to massage it in; making sure to include the topside of all ten fingers.

*Wait at least 30 minutes before going to bed; allowing the product to dry.

Additional Tips:

*If you do enjoy lying in the sun, a sunless tanner is great for enhancing or prolonging your tan.

*Build your sunless tan gradually by applying it 2 or 3 days in a row.

*When using a sunless tanner, be sure to pat (not rub your skin) when towel drying after a shower or bath, which assists in prolonging your tan.

*In between using a sunless tanner, use a lightweight body lotion to keep your skin moist, which will also assist in prolonging your tan.

Here are few self tanning products that I can highly recommend.

Enjoy your tan!

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