Secrets of Sunless Tanning

Sunless tanning is the “in” thing to do these days, thanks to the threat of skin cancer. Getting a little sun is beneficial because your body requires it to produce certain vitamins you need. However, staying in the sun can be hazardous to your health in the long run.

That is why sunscreens are essential when going outside for any length of time. The ultraviolet rays from the sun are so damaging. So what do you do if you want a healthy looking tan but without the risks of prolonged sun exposure? You go the sunless tanning route.

For some reason, a nice tan is considered sexy and healthy looking. However, baking in the sun for that golden brown glow will not only increase your chances of skin cancer, but it will also cause premature wrinkling and age spots. The wrinkle factor alone should drive many tan worshipers to the sunless tanning method. There are several ways to achieve that tanned look without the sun.

Sunless Lotions

Sunless tanning lotions or mousses are popular with the do-it-yourselfer. When these sunless tan products first hit the retail market, many people had problems with them like uneven applications that caused streaking on your skin. Not only that, but the color achieved after the lotion application was not always tan, it was more of an orange tint in comparison.

Luckily, these days, the sunless tanning products produce a better natural-looking tan. The lotions are now tinted slightly so you can tell where you applied the tanning product. This feature helps reduce the streaking.

There is also a sugar-based ingredient in the lotion that reacts with the pigments in the outer skin of the body to produce the tan appearance. Your sunless tan will last anywhere from three to seven days, depending on how fast your skin grows and you shed your dead skin cells.

Spray-on Tanning

Another option for a sunless brown glow is patronizing a spa that offers a spray-on tan. If you are not confident that you could apply the sunless tanning product evenly on your own, a spray-on tan would be worth it. Plus, you could achieve an overall tan, with no lines if you choose to do so. The procedure would involve you standing in an enclosed booth sans clothing or you would wear something that covers the important parts that you dont want anyone else to see.

You would protect your hair and any other area that you did not want the tanning product to cover. Then, you would be sprayed by a mist of the sunless tanning product all over your body in an even application. In some instances, a spa technician might do an airbrush technique similar to those methods that body shop people use when painting a car. It is a technique that takes more time and is a little more intimate, body-wise. However, the results can be outstanding.

Regardless of which sunless tanning method you choose, there are a few preparations you can make to ensure an awesome looking sun kissed glow. First of all, make sure you have plenty of time to spare, maybe a couple of hours. Regardless of which method you use, it will take a while for the sunless tanning lotion or spray to dry. In the meantime, you cannot take a shower, bath or put on clothing.

How it Works

Before the process, you will want to take a bath or shower. This will soften your skin. Then, you will want to exfoliate your entire body so that the dead skin cells are sloughed off, revealing the newer skin growth. Make sure that special care is taken with the places on your body where wrinkled skin can occur, like your elbows and knees.

These places will need exfoliating as well. Once you have exfoliated and rinsed off, you must dry your body completely. Moisture will hinder the sunless tanning product from properly adhering to your skin.

Dont forget that the sunless tanning process can take a while! However, the efforts will have been worth it once you see your healthy “tanned” skin. One of the drawbacks to sunless tanning is that the effect only lasts for a few days because your body sheds skin cells constantly. But you know what? Thats ok since the tradeoff means fewer worries about skin cancer. So go out and show off that sexy new tan of yours!