Sunless Tanning 101

According to the American Academy of of Dermatology…

  • One indoor tanning session can increase your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 67% and basal cell carcinoma by 29%.
  • Using indoor tanning beds before the age of 35 increases your risk for melanoma by 59%, and the risk increases with each use.
  • Women who are younger than 30 are six times more likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, if they tan indoors.

These are real facts. Tanning beds have negative consequences that can effect ordinary people like you and me. A golden glow from artificial UV rays isn’t worth risking your health.

Today, I’m going to discuss a safe alternative to tanning called sunless tanning.

Sunless tanning will save you so much more money as opposed to getting a tanning membership, and, more importantly, it’s 100% safe. Sunless tanning eliminates your risk of developing cancer caused by harmful UV rays.

Sunless tanning is an easy, affordable and safe alternative to getting a natural glow, and today I’m going to talk about my favorite sunless tanning products and some simple tips and tricks to help you tan the healthy way.


My Go-To Product

How do I get a natural, healthy glow year-round?

Answer: Loreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion.

This product is great for those who are just starting to sunless tan. This blendable, smooth product is perfect for beginners and experts alike, and its soft formula helps eliminate the risk of a streaky tan. Loreal’s self-tanning lotion evenly coats all parts of the skin, and you will be guaranteed a natural-looking tan in return.

You can find this product at any drugstore or supermarket, and it retails for around $10.


How to Use Sunless Tanner

1. You need to start with a clean face; no product, no nothing.

2. Squeeze a dime-size amount of sunless tanner onto your finger tips and blend the product onto the surface of your skin.

3. Make sure to blend, blend, blend. Although Loreal’s self-tanning lotion does not leave noticeable streaks, it is possible to have some patches of skin that are darker than other parts if not blended correctly. If you’re worried about patches, take any face lotion of your choice and massage it onto your skin after applying the self-tanner.

4. Make sure your skin that has sunless tanner on it doesn’t rub on any fabric; it will stain anything it comes in contact with. Take a minute or two for it to dry before putting on any clothes.

5. Wash your hands. Sunless tanner is pigmented and it will stain your hands orange if you don’t wash them. Take the time to scrub at your hands and wash them with care to prevent oompa loompa fingers.


Tips and Tricks

  • For some reason, the mouth portion of the face always seems to get the most self-tanner (I have no idea why). In order to prevent the mouth portion of your face from looking darker than the rest, lightly pat the skin around your mouth with a towel. This will prevent any excess tanner from making your cupid’s bow and chin from looking darker than the rest of your face.
  • Your face will be the first place you’ll want to apply sunless tanner to, but don’t forget about the neck. A tan line between your face and neck will look funny. Make sure to apply sunless tanner to the face AND neck.
  • Before applying sunless tanner to your legs, make sure to shave first. Shaving will strip your legs from a previously applied tan.

Thank you all for reading! Much love for you all 🙂

Xx

Kara

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