Tanning Tips: How to Get the Perfect Tan

By Tammy Worthington

Tanning booths are now a regular method to ensure people in 'sun poor' countries can have that all over tan every day of the year. Interestingly, during recent years, a number of alternative methods have started to become popular owing to the rise in skin cancer. Spray tanning is the latest of these and is becoming very popular as a safe method which produces excellent results without the danger. Although bronzing agents have been around for many years, they tend to leave streak marks unless professionally applied.

There are now home spray tanning systems available but these may not be the easiest to use on your own although regular users they could save money in time. The methods of artificially creating this effect may differ but a guide to getting a good finish works with them all. First off, you should exfoliate your skin to remove any dead skin. This can stop the situation where dead skin cells gradually drop off leaving paler patches of skin which immediately tells people you have a fake tan.

Once this process is complete, it is advisable to prepare your skin further by applying a moisturizing cream (or lotion) to it which will make the agent easier to apply. Always, always, always wear disposable surgical gloves when applying a self tanning cream etc. To avoid any other application mistakes that could give away the fact that the tan is not real, make sure those fingers, feet, elbows and knees are only given the lightest of coats as they have a habit of coming out darker. If you are using a spray tanning method then you will need an old towel to wipe any excess fluid away to stop streaking.

To avoid any smears, marks or cracking, you will need to relax and remain still, while the tanning agent dries. The problem you will have afterwards during this drying time is what to wear because if you wear something expensive that you like, it will probably become stained and won't come off.

These agents are notoriously good at marking clothing once they have been applied so you are advised to be careful how soon you get ready afterwards and what you intend to wear. The best advice here is to have a change of clothing that is darker than the color of the tan as this way it will not notice. Armed with this information it should be easier to have a fake tan that is safe and available all year round without anyone knowing what it is you are doing.

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