Gone are the days when people pile up at the beach for sunbathing or do bed tanning at the salon. Since sun exposure and bed tanning have been linked to skin cancer, many people have started to look for safer alternatives. One of them is what we know today as self-tanning or sunless tanning. Self-tanning products contain an active ingredient, which when applied, reacts with the dead cells of the skin thereby resulting to a color change. Many celebrities swear by self-tanning as an effective way to looking good especially in the red carpet. If you are considering to fake a tan without looking like it, there are some things you need to know before jumping on to it.
The first thing you need to know about self-tanning is to choose the best formula according to your complexion and body parts that need tanning (read more about How to choose the best self tanner for you). Just like make-up, you need a complementing formula that will make fake tan look like a natural glow. You do not want streaks and some orange hues, do you? If you have fair skin, zebra stripes can be most evident. You want to make sure that the self-tanner matches your skin tone and that it is evenly distributed. It is highly advised to apply self-tanner gradually and by layers every few days. Once you have achieved your desired color, you can now use a true self-tanner, or if not, a bronzer.
If you have medium skin, you can forego darker sunless but be sure to apply moisturizer in areas which develop darker like feet and hands. Medium skin has already a certain tan in the skin. Make sure that the formula you use will match your tone and that the product you use with it do not interfere with your desired result. You may choose from the dark range of tanners or the classic ones. For deep skin tones, what you probably need is a self-tanning product that conceals uneven areas and a touch of glow. Just like fair skin, deep skin tones involve light layer of gradual self-tan. To add radiance to your skin, use a product that yields a slight gold finish to the skin.
Sunless tanning comes in various forms. The more popular ones are the lotion and spray. Other formulas include moisturizer, gels and mousse, creams, and towelettes. The right product of any of these formulas will give you a natural sun-kissed glow. Nonetheless, your need may vary depending on which part of the body you need to work on. For starters, a sunless moisturizer is the best option. While it contains a minimal amount of dihydroxyacetone (DHA), sunless tanner’s active ingredient, its daily use will eventually give you the certain glow.
If you want to make sure that you get the even tan and radiance, especially when travelling, you will need a towelette tanner, which you just need to unfold and wipe across the skin. For practiced tanners, a tanning mousse and gel will likewise yield to a fast drying and lightweight effect. You will only have to blend it properly. This is perfect for contouring and for coverage. A tanning spray, on the other hand, is the best way to keep the tan even in hard to reach areas. It is also a good option if you want coverage in large areas the fastest way possible.
Self-tanning, sunless tanning, or fake tan, whatever you call it, can give you the natural sun-kissed glow and radiance by the proper use of formula according to your skin tone and needs. Application, regardless of skin tone and formula, is uniform. So before you study the proper application itself, make sure you get the right self-tanning product for yourself.