Sunless Tanning Tips To Make You Glow All Summer Long

posted: 06/16/17
by: Kristine Boyd

You're about to go on a beach vacation with your friends when you realize your body hasn't seen the sun in months. No worries here! There are so many great sunless tanners on the market right now that make you look like you just got back from Miami. However, no matter how great the tanning product you're using is, the application process is what matters. Missing one or more of these crucial steps could result in a splotchy, unnatural looking tan. Check out some of our hacks to make your sunless tanner look amazing so you can glow all summer long.

Exfoliation is Key!

This is so important; you must exfoliate your skin! Even if you can't see or feel it, we all have dry skin. Scrubbing away all of the dry patches will help the sunless tanner glide on and not stick to any parts of your body. Not exfoliating is a common reason why many sunless tans come out looking uneven and blotchy. No need to go to the store and buy a fancy scrub. Just add a few tablespoons of sugar in with the body wash you already use. This is the perfect concoction to buff your skin smooth. Also, don't forget to shave! This is just another form of exfoliation that will help your tan go on flawlessly.

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Moisturize Two Ways

Moisturizing is essential when it comes to sunless tanning. When you're done exfoliating, use a moisturizer that is fairly light and absorbs into the skin quickly. Many lotions that are marketed as "lightweight" or "fast-dry" are safe bets for this step. The reason why you don't want to use a heavy lotion is because it will create a barrier between your skin and the tanner, resulting in the tanner not fully absorbing into the skin. You do, however, want to use a think lotion to create a barrier in certain spots on your body. Use a heavy cream on your hands, knees, elbows and anywhere else that product tends to stick to. Ever had orange hands or elbows? This step ensures that won't happen.

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Wear Loose Clothes

Always wear loose clothes after you have finished applying your tanner. If you try to put on a pair of tight leggings, the product is going to move. Even if you have waited for your tanner to dry completely, there is still a high chance that wearing form fitting clothes is going to affect the outcome of your tan. You don't have to tell us twice to wear comfy shorts and a baggy t-shirt! Additionally, for your clothes sake, wear dark colors. Wearing a white t-shirt is not the best idea after tanning because it will stain your clothes. Alternatively, wear clothes you don't care about. So get out those old t-shirts and put them to use!

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Shower with the Right Soap

Many tanners require you to shower off the product after a certain amount of time. It is best to use a lightweight soap when you do this. Using a heavily moisturizing soap could potentially break down the tan that you have worked hard to achieve. You also don't want to use any abrasives during this step. So put aside the scrubs, loofas and heavy soaps and go for something lightweight and natural.

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Bronzing Gel

You have successfully achieved a natural looking tan with no sun involved. However, after a few days you may notice that it starts to fade. Even worse, it's faded on the day you wanted to wear that new dress you got. No worries! Get a bronzing gel that you can easily apply to help bring out the tan you had and give you an extra glow. This is great to quickly apply to your legs, shoulders and arms to revive your tan and make your skin look radiant!

We hope you enjoyed these hacks for achieving the best sunless glow!