Glow With Self Tanning Lotion

By Haywood Hunter

For some, obtaining a deep rich, sun kissed skin color is a top priority. The problem is that not only does soaking in the rays take time, the damage caused by UV exposure can be life threatening. Those harmful effects can be avoided when one uses a self tanning lotion to build their golden glow.

Laying out in the sun can have several negative side effects such as burns, melanoma, discolored spots and a leathery appearance over time. Sunning beds are not any safer as the UV lights used in them can raise one's risk of cancer by approximately 75%. The safest way to get that golden hue is to apply specially prepared skin darkening products.

Mousse, gel, milk, spray and cream are just a few of the formats in which these products are available. A lot of individuals prefer to use lotions as they are less mess and simple to apply without assistance. The whole process may seem tedious at first, though with practice it becomes the most reliable way to get a natural looking and lasting glow.

Before getting started, make sure the right tools are on hand to help achieve the best results possible. Time is perhaps the most important factor in the process. Having a couple of hours to do a smooth application and allow for a thorough drying is key to getting a complete and even covering and avoiding the possibility of transferring color to one's clothing.

Exfoliating the day of the procedure, as well as a few days prior, removes old skin cells and leaves behind a new layer that is ready to absorb the product. Moisturizing the whole body but concentrating on trouble spots like the knees, elbows and ankles, daily during the week before application is important, as is making sure any shaving is performed at least an hour before beginning. These steps are key to priming the dermis to hold color longer and more evenly.

Start by making sure one's hair is pulled up and back out of the way, that the body is completely cool and dry, and that there is no steam or moisture in the application space. Gloves should be worn to protect the palms and make the color look more natural. Moving slowly and concentrating on one area at a time, apply the product in broad, even swipes in a uniform direction.

Some sections of the skin tend to naturally be darker than others. Areas like the knees, ankles and elbows have thicker dermal layers with deep lines which retain more pigmentation than the thinner sections. Tanner should be mixed equally with moisturizer when applying to these harder zones in order to avoid getting a look that appears dirty.

Fifteen minutes is the minimum amount of time one is advised to allow for drying, though the longer the product is allow to set, the better the results. Any streaks or dark spots can usually be fixed by washing them in the shower or wiping with a damp cloth. To avoid the unattractive orange tint, try building a base color over time through thin applications of the tanner.

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