Using Sunless Tanning Lotions

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated February 19, 2016)

It's the summer and naturally, you want a tan. Tans are great often a great addition to your easy, breezy summer look. There are a few ways to achieve the tan look you want—there is direct sun exposure, tanning beds, and sunless tanning methods. There are a few different ways to approach the sunless tanning method, including airbrush techniques and foams and lotions. Sunless tanning can produce great results, but you do need to know the proper way to use sunless tanning lotions. If used improperly, sunless tanning lotions can really make you look funny, even orange. So, learn the right ways to use tanning lotion and you'll be able to have a great summer tan without having to deal with the harmful effects of the sun!

Sunless tanning products come in a variety of mediums, including lotions and foams. They all work in basically the same way: they imbue your skin with darker tints to make your skin appear darker than it actually is. The effects of various sunless tanning lotions work in a few different ways—some of them make your skin tanner on the first application, and others take a few applications for anyone to really notice a difference. You can take your pick of what form you want to you, and remember, that ultimately, your skin should come out looking tanner. I personally prefer the gradual tanning lotions, because it looks a little more natural to me.

When you apply your sunless tanning lotion, regardless of the type used, you should remember a few application techniques. Remember to spread the lotion evenly over your skin, and this means two things: Apply it over all the exposed skin you wish to have tan (don't leave the underside of your arms white, for example). You also need to apply an even layer over your skin—you don't want some parts of your legs tanner than other parts, because that would just look stupid.

Something to keep in mind as you shop around for your preferred method of sunless tanning, do keep in mind that usually the most effective sunless tanners are usually brand names, and sometimes more expensive; however, you can find great sunless tanners for not too much money, and sometimes even in generic brands. If you want to find what really works best for you, you might have to try a couple different products and go through trial-and-error.

Application of sunless tanning lotions is simple and quick. If you follow those two simple guidelines, then your sunless tan will look amazing all summer long!

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