People with pale skin have self tanning lotions to thank for giving them the ability to change their skin tones without having to visit tanning salons or spend many hours lying in the sun. There are good arguments against sun tanning and tanning beds, the most important of these being avoiding exposure to UV radiation that can burn one's skin. Sunless self tanning, although messier, saves you from the risk of UV exposure. Self tanning with tanning lotions can be frustrating to anyone not accustomed to doing it. Here are a few tips that can help to take some of the hassle out of self tanning.
Beauticians emphasize the importance of preparation before you start applying tanning lotion. You need to do two things. First of all, make sure that you have all the items you will need so that you don't have to interrupt the application to look for an item. Ensure that you have the lotion ready, a pair of close-fitting gloves to protect your hands, Q tips for wiping off excess tanner from spots on your body that get darker when you apply a tanner, a hair dryer to help dry the lotion if it's taking too long, and any other item that might come in handy at some point before you finish the process.
Secondly, you need to prepare your skin for the lotion. Remove all the possible barriers including hairs, oils, deodorants and dead cells that could prevent your skin from absorbing the lotion or make it absorb unevenly. It's also important to soften and moisturize your skin because a soft moisturized skin tans better with self tanning lotions.
When you are done applying the tanning lotion give yourself adequate time to dry. Perhaps you should apply it at night when you have ample time and are less likely to be interrupted. If you feel that the lotion is taking too long to dry, use a hair dryer on the cool setting to blow some cool air over your body. Your elbows, knees and heels absorb more tanner than other areas so make sure to gently buff them with a towel before they dry. If you don't, they will look darker than other parts of your body.
Don't be in a hurry to jump into the shower because tanners take time to do their job. Avoid water for 8 to 12 hours after application because any water coming in contact with your skin during this time will erode the tanner before its job is done. Be sure to pat yourself dry after you shower. Avoid wearing very tight clothes after applying tanner to keep it from wearing off too soon.
Make the application of self tanning lotions less of a hassl