Using tanning lotions is probably the best way to make your skin glow again. Using self-tanners, tanning lotions, bronzers will help you achieve a deep, healthy and glowing tan as if you have spend all your holiday in St. Tropez. Unlike the self-tanners, the tanning lotions don’t provide sun protection and that’s why those who usually burn easily should use them very carefully.You should know that there is a difference between a self-tanner, tanning lotion and a bronzer.
Tanning lotions are products that amplify the effects of ultraviolet rays and promote the production of melanin, helping you to achieve a deep and long-lasting tan. Most of the tanning lotions contain moisturizing and nourishing ingredients that nourish and moisturize the skin in deep.
There are different types of tanning products designed for different purposes. There are: tan extender lotions (to continue the tanning process after direct sun exposure), sunless (to add color to the skin without direct sun exposure), outdoor (used at the beach for example), indoor (used at salons, sun beds), bronzers (to give an illusion of sun-kissed skin).
Self-tanners are like a dye that gets darker and darker with each use. They add color and tan the skin over a period of time, due to the presence of DihydroxyAcetone. The self-tanners react with the amino acids and the proteins and form a golden color gradually. In other words they help you achieve a temporary tan without sun exposure. There are gel self-tanners, cream self-tanners, spray self-tanners, mousse self-tanners, lotion self-tanner, etc.
Bronzers are makeup products that give the illusion of glowing and sun-kissed skin. They add an extra hint of color after the application. They give an instant tan and highlight the skin, producing darker color on the skin.
What are the benefits:
- help you achieve a deep and long-lasting tan
- allow you to control the tanning process
- prevent skin dehydration and sun burn
- moisturize, nourish and condition the skin
- maximize the benefits of indoor and outdoor tanning
- speed up the tanning process
- intensify your tan
Are they safe:
Many women ask me whether it is safe to use tanning lotions, self-tanners, bronzers during pregnancy and the answer is Yes – tanning lotions are absolutely safe and they rarely cause an allergic reaction but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do a patch test before usage.
Commonly used ingredients
Most of the tanning products contain natural oils, sunflower oil, essential oils, hemp seed oil, Aloe Vera, carrot extracts, antioxidants, vitamins B, C, D, E, natural botanical extracts, minerals and even Copper that nourish, moisturize and condition the skin.
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the most common ingredient in the tanning lotions as it causes the surface layer of the skin to oxidize and to create a natural-looking tan. DHA is completely safe for the skin and doesn’t irritate it. Other indoor tanning lotions contain bronzers to give an immediate color to the skin.
Some of the active ingredients found in most of the tanning lotions include melanin and L-Tyrosine (amino acid that assists in activating melanin production). Other commonly found ingredients include tea oil, copper, almond oil, olive oil, green tea extract and many other natural oils.
HOW TO APPLY:
Step One. Exfoliate your body
One of the most important things you should do before applying the tanning lotion is to prepare your skin, this includes: cleansing, moisturizing and exfoliating your skin.
Always take a shower and exfoliate your whole body before applying tanning lotion. When exfoliating you remove the dead skin cells, creating a smooth and firm surface that is essential to achieve a perfect application of self-tanner, bronzer or a tanning lotion. Choose a gentle body exfoliator like Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator to whisk away surface dryness and dullness. Apply the exfoliator to your skin using rotating motions with the help of a body brush, exfoliating gloves or your hands. Start exfoliating from your feet, working up to your neck and back, don’t forget your hands, elbows and knees. Rinse thoroughly.
Always exfoliate before self-tanning because if you have dead skin cells the product won’t go on evenly and the color won’t last longer. Exfoliating your body properly will ensure that the tan won’t look patchy or uneven.
Step Two. Start the application
A tanning lotion should always be applied immediately before outdoor or indoor tanning. As I said above, most of the tanning lotions contain many moisturizing ingredients that make the product easy to apply. Begin applying the tanning lotion with your legs. Take a small amount of the product and apply it with long, firm strokes. Gently rub in the product with soft, circular motions. Apply the lotion evenly and make sure there are no missing spots, patches or hard lines.
Apply the tanning lotion very carefully around your knees and feet. Pay special attention to your elbows and torso. It can be very difficult for you to apply the tanning lotion to your back. Ask a friend to do it for you or use a brush to apply the lotion. Apply a little bit of the product to the back of your neck and behind the ears too. Apply the tanning product also to your hands but remember – your hands need only a light coverage.
Step Three. Apply to face
It’s essential to apply the tanning lotion also to your face and neck, around the ears and on the neckline. You shouldn’t be wearing any makeup – mascara, foundation, face powder or lipstick. Buy a special facial tanning lotion and gently massage it to your face with soft, circular motions. Use a cotton bud to remove any tanning lotion that may get accumulated around your eyebrows and hairline if necessarily. Make sure you blend evenly.
A good moisturizing tanning lotion will not only allow an even application but it will also nourish, condition and hydrate your skin. If your skin is dry or sensitive you can apply the lotion twice in order to create a flawless surface.
- Always exfoliate your skin before applying tanning lotion, self-tanner or a bronzer because the product will blend more easily into the smooth skin.
- Remember: use outdoor tanning lotion for outdoor tanning, use indoor tanning lotion for indoor tanning.
- Always apply tanning lotion before sun exposure.
- Since most of the tanning lotions don’t offer sun protection it’s essential to use and apply sunscreen in order to protect your skin from the harmful sun’s rays that may seriously damage your skin.
- When exfoliating pay special attention to the dry areas of your body – knees, elbows, ankles, hands, feet.
- Always apply the tanning product with soft, circular motions.
- Never apply tanner on your lips, nipples, around the bikini line, over moles or freckles.
- Always work on small areas of your body to achieve flawless tan.
- Ask a friend to apply the tanner to your back.
- Make sure the tanning lotion is appropriate for your skin type – there are tanning lotions specially designed for every skin type.
- Always start the application with your legs.
- If your skin is sensitive or dry look for tanning lotions designed specially for sensitive skin that contains more moisturizing and nourishing ingredients.
- A shimmery body lotion will complement your new tan.
- Keep your skin well-moisturized before, during and after tanning to achieve best results and longer-lasting tan.
- Always apply the product on a clean and exfoliated skin.
- Never cleanse your body with too harsh soaps or shower gels – they may fade your tan faster.
- Always check for streaks, patches or missing spots.
- Always allow plenty of time for the lotion to be absorbed.
- Consult a specialist to find out what is best for you.
- Always read the instructions written on the box and follow them.
- Remember: Self-tanners and bronzers may easily stain your clothes.
- Never wear foundation, face powder, eyeshadows or lipstick when applying tanning lotion.
- Tanning lotions work best for people with medium complexions.
- Remember: Tanning lotions offer no protection from the sun.
- When you are at the beach always cover exposed areas with tightly clothing and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head and face.
- Remember: Repeated exposure of unprotected skin while tanning may increase the risk of skin aging, skin cancer, and other harmful effects to the skin.
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