So you’ve ignored all the warnings and continue to bask in the sun’s rays? Still want to figure out ways to take care of your skin even though you go tanning? I worked at a massage and tanning salon for a few years and learned some tricks to help protect yourself. I must add that the easiest way to protect yourself from damage is through sunless tanning, whether through lotions or spray-ons. But if you insist on getting the real glow, here are a few skin care tips for tanners.
Use a High Quality Lotion and After Tanning Moisturizer
Before getting in the bed, talk to the receptionist about the best lotions available. If you are heading to the beach, talk to someone at a reputable beauty store. This is one area that you do not want to trade quality for a better price in. In my personal experience, the more pricier lotions are worth the difference. You will pay more for better ingredients, which makes it less likely to have uneven color. Always invest in a good moisturizer for afterwords that replenishes and helps heal the damage you just inflicted. This will keep you darker longer, your glow smoother and makes you have to tan less.
Use a Lotion With a Bronzer in It
Look for a tanning lotion that has a bronzer in it. Once again, ask for the best that keeps unsightly streaks down. Applying a good one will not turn you orange, it actually will make you gain the color level you want faster. It adds an additional dimension to your tan and gives a better glow than traditional lotions. Once again, it lets you have less time in the bed or on the beach and lengthens the time in-between having to bear all at either.
Use Self-Tanner In-between Sessions
You may be screaming in your head right now, “But I do not like fake tans, that is why I don’t use them!” It may seem contradictory but think about it. A quality self-tanner does not turn you orange. If you are really worried about it, simply get a good lotion that has a very small amount of color added to it. These lotions offer a build up of subtle shades over a period of time. You’ll be conditioning your skin, which you need to do more if you tan anyways and keeping a glow longer.
Only Tan as Much as You Have To
If you haven’t guessed it by now, the best skin care tip for tanners is to tan as little as possible to get the color you want. A good tanning salon will help you decide how many sessions you need and how many minutes you should stay in the bed to achieve your desired results. Only frequent ones that have a knowledgeable and trained staff in this area. You should be able to sit down and go over your skin type, starting color and how much additional depth you can realistically expect. The only way that you can one hundred percent protect yourself from damage is to not tan at all. If you are not going to protect yourself that way, prepare to pay the price. Do not skimp on the products or the place that you choose to get your “natural look” from.