A great tan can make you look and feel more confident, but if you’ve never done it before, the process can seem a little daunting. Follow these simple tips for getting a great looking tan for the first time in your life, and you’ll be bronzed and beautiful in no time.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
One of the most important things you can do to prep your skin for tanning is to make sure it’s hydrated. Use a heavy duty body lotion all over your body, paying special attention to any dry areas like your elbows, knees, and ankles. Tanning without moisturizing first can lead to uneven patches and an overall less than desirable result.
Choose the Right Tanning Product
There are a ton of different self-tanning products on the market these days, so it’s important to choose one that’s right for you. Some companies, like Tan Your Hide, know that if you have sensitive skin, look for a product that’s specifically designed for sensitive skin types. If you’re looking for a natural-looking tan, opt for a gradual tanner that will build up over time. And if you want an instant bronzed look, go for a self-tanning spray or mousse.
Exfoliate Before You Self-Tan
No matter which product you choose, it’s important to exfoliate your skin before applying it. This will help to create an even canvas for the product and ensure that your tan looks smooth and streak-free. Just be sure not to exfoliate too close to the time of your actual tanning session, as this can leave your skin feeling raw and sensitive.
Follow the Directions
When it comes time to actually apply your self-tanner, be sure to follow the directions on the package to avoid any disasters. If you’re using a mousse or spray, start with clean, exfoliated skin and apply the product evenly all over your body. If you’re using a gradual tanner, apply it in long strokes all over your body just as you would regular lotion. In both cases, be sure to wash your hands immediately after applying the product so that they don’t end up looking orange.
Following these simple tips will help you get a great looking tan for the first time in your life. Be sure to moisturize well beforehand, choose the right product, exfoliate, and follow the directions on how to apply it. With just a little bit of effort, you’ll have the perfect sun-kissed glow in no time.
About the author:
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.