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Sunless Tanning Lotion - Getting the Most From Your Tanner

Updated on December 28, 2012

The Benefits of Sunless Tanners

Getting a perfect tan no longer means subjecting yourself to harmful UV radiation at a tanning salon or under the hot summer sun. For a long time now, the beauty industry has been investing millions of dollars in research and development in an effort to bring you that perfect golden brown without the risk of skin cancer.

If you are one of the many people who tried the first products to be released; chances are that you didn't quite get what you were looking for. Many of the early sunless tanners were plagued by some unpleasant effects such as leaving behind ugly streaks, staining your clothes, turning your skin orange, and an awful chemical like smell that remained on your skin for several days.

For those of you who haven't used a self tanner for while, I have some great news! There are some outstanding new products on the market that can give you a very natural looking tan without the risks that go along with traditional tanning and without the drawbacks of vintage self tanning lotions.

Flawless Tan
Flawless Tan

Getting a Perfect Tan

We've all seen the pictures in magazines and on TV of our favorite celebrities sporting a perfect tan and naturally, we want the same thing. I'm going to share some tips that will help you get the most out of your favorite sunshine in a bottle. The most important step in achieving a healthy natural glow is selecting the right product.

My personal favorite is a product made by Adonia Organics called "Bronzing Glow". As the name suggests, it is an organic product which has a blend of botanical ingredients that give it a very light tropical scent when you apply it. This fades away within a few hours after you apply the product. I also like this tanner because it dries very quickly and is forgiving in the application process. By that, I mean anyone can apply it without worrying about ending up with splotches or streaks. Once you've selected a product that is right for you, it's time to apply your new look!

  1. Start with a clean surface. Make sure that your skin is free of perspiration or other skin care products such as sunscreens or moisturizers. This will help to make sure that your application is smooth and even. It also prevents ingredients in other products from reacting with the tanner and breaking it down.
  2. Next, take off all jewelry and clothing from the area where you are applying your self tanner.
  3. Start by applying less product than you think you will need. Remember, you can always re-apply an additional layer later on if you aren't as dark as you'd like but it is very difficult to get rid of it once it has dried.
  4. After you have applied the tanner, ALWAYS wash your hands! One of the biggest mistakes I see people make again and again is to forget to wash their hands afterwards and end up with dark palms.

For those of you who need a little extra help, a beauty sponge can work wonders to help you get a nice even application. If you need to, enlist the help of a partner to aid in hard-to-reach areas. Finally, get ready to show off your perfect new tan to the world!

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