In: Health & Fitness21 Oct 2013
Having a flawless tan is something that many people strive for to look and feel their best, especially during the hot summer months when shorts and tank tops are mostly worn. An easier way of achieving that perfect tan without having to sit out in the hot sun for hours is to get a spray tan. Here are some easy steps for spray tan application that you can do right in your own home.
One thing you need to do before spreading the tanning mixture onto your skin is to wash and carefully exfoliate the skin to get rid of any remaining dead skin cells. The areas you need to take particular care in are the elbow, ankle, and knee areas. These spots accumulate the most dry, rough skin that will not absorb the tanning mixture very well. After washing your entire body, take care to dry completely before attempting to spreading the mixture on the skin.
Reading the directions on the tanning product will ensure the best results and is very important. To safe guard your health it is greatly recommended that you check a small portion of your skin first to see if you have any allergic reaction to the product. After checking the portion of skin and all is well, you then can go ahead and apply the product on the rest of your body.
It is strongly suggested that you use some protection for your hands while applying the tanning mixture to the rest of your body. The result of not using some form of protection like gloves, your hands will turn a orange color that is not very appealing and you will want to avoid this. After spreading the mixture to the rest of your body, even if you did wear protection you should still wash your hands.
The best way to avoid streaking in your tan is to apply the mixture evenly by using steady, smooth strokes. Try to avoid using excessive amounts of solution, especially in the elbow, knee, and ankle areas where the skin tends to be more dry and rough, which the solution will not absorb into the skin very well causing discolor. It is a good idea to go ahead and exfoliate these areas later after the solution has dried for a more natural look.
To keep your clothing from getting stained it is recommended to let the tanner fully dry before getting dressed. All types of tanner are not the same in the length of time it takes to dry but the most common times are between 10 minutes to 15 minutes. Another suggestion is to avoid bathing for an entire day after application for better results.
A way to make you beautiful tan last a little longer is to spread on a moisturizer to keep the skin soft and supple. The best type to use is one that works specifically with self tanners. It is best to use the moisturizer every day for at least 7 days so your tan will not fade away sooner.
Making a commitment to use a spray tan solution in place of staying out in the sun is safer and will save you a ton of time. You will achieve a more even tan and you will not have worry about the harmful side effects that you would get with the sun. Now it is time to step outside in your favorite shorts and shirt with the confidence of knowing you have that tan that you were striving to achieve.