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4 Ways to a Better Tan

Most women love the idea of being able to glow with a gorgeous tan without harming their skin with the sun or tanning beds. That is why sunless tanning lotions are so hot right now. The problem is that some of them take a miracle to apply evenly and effectively. Today's sunless tanners are much easier to get right then the lotions five years ago. Learning how to apply sunless tanning lotion takes practice. Use these tips and you will be on your way to applying sunless tanning lotion perfectly.

Gradual Tanning

When choosing your sunless tanning lotion, try to find a brand that offers gradual tanning. If the label says gradual tanning, then the lotion is easy to apply correctly. These gradual lotions bronze your skin lightly each time you apply them. They can be used everyday in place of your normal lotions. Because they only tint your skin, you don't have to apply them perfectly in order to get natural look results.

To get the desired look, rub it all over your body and wait for it to dry. Don't worry if you think the results will be too light. You will definitely be able to tell the difference. If you want a darker tan after the first application, just wait until the next day and repeat the process. Each application will last about four days, if you shower daily. For a streak-free tan, this is the way to go for sure.

When to Apply

It is best to apply self tanner on a clean body. This allows the sunless tanning lotion to soak into your skin nicely. You should always wait about ten minutes after the application before getting dressed. If you are worried about ruining clothing, then pick a time you can frolic around nude in your house. Before bed is also a good time, because you won't come in contact with anything but the sheets.

It is best to exfoliate before self-tanning, which you can do in the shower before application. Simply use a "puff" and scrub your body as usual. This will keep the sunless tanning lotion's color from sticking to your dry areas. Concentrate on knees and elbows.

Water and Your Tan

Do not shower for twelve hours after application. Do not do the dishes or get wet for twelve hours as well. Of course you can wash your hands, but be careful about getting too much water of your forearms. This can cause streaking.

For a foolproof hand tan, apply the sunless tanning lotion to your body. Then, to avoid turning your palms orange, wash your hands. After washing your hands well, squeeze a small amount of sunless tanning lotion on a tissue and rub it on the back of your hands and fingers. This will allow only the backs of your hands to get the tan.

Spray Tans

There are several options when it comes to spray tans. You can get spray tans in a can so that you can apply them yourself, you can go to a salon and have a technician spray you, or you can step into a spray tanning booth for your application. With tans in a can, you can control the areas and the amount of tanning solution you put on your skin. Cans of tanning solution are relatively inexpensive and extremely easy to use. You can use most on all areas of your body, including your face.

If you want a faux tan that is sure to be evenly applied however, you should hit the salon. For around $35 you can get a professionally sprayed on tan. The process may be a little intimidating for some however, as you must either be nude or wearing a paper bikini. The results however are very realistic. The same technique is done with the spray tan booths, except there is a machine doing the tanning instead of a live technician. Booths will cost around $15 for each visit and produce a tan for up to a week.

Getting a sun-kissed look without the sun is probably one of the smartest things women today can do. Although a tan is the perfect accessory to any outfit, it does not have to be from the sun to be beautiful. With more options than ever in self-tanning there is no excuse to lay out in the sun anymore