As winter rolls in, you might want to start searching for different tanning methods to keep your golden glow. Given this, you may be wondering how to get a good tan during the season. You’re in luck! We are here to provide you with a myriad of sunless tanning options.
9 Sunless Tanning Methods for a Beautiful Glow
1. Spray Tanning
The first in our list of sunless tanning options is an obvious one. Getting a spray tan is a surefire way to get the results you want. Furthermore, it provides you with opportunities regarding the specific needs of your skin tone and type. This is also a safe option being that it involves coating the body with a harmless dihydroxyacetone (DHA) solution. Moreover, this substance is one that only darkens the outermost layer of skin and is not absorbed into the body. To ensure practical spray tan application, you can do the following:
- Exfoliate a day before application
- Do not apply anything such as lotion, moisturizers, or colognes before getting your spray tan
2. Tanning Lotion
Tanning lotion is something you could use efficiently in the comfort of your own home! Like spray tanning, tanning lotions contain DHA, a very safe compound. Because of how you won’t need to pay a professional to help you with your tan, using sunless tanning lotion is a more affordable option. In addition to this, you have much more control when using tanning lotions. Moreover, you would be able to choose which areas of your body you’d like to tan. Additionally, you can also decide how dark you would want to appear.
When using self-tanning lotions, it is essential to maintain focus on applying the cream evenly on the skin to avoid streaking. This can be done by using lotions containing a guide color. Additionally, it is essential that you do not apply any other cream or moisturizer before using your tanning lotion.
3. Tanning Mists
This is another tanning option you could do at home. However, you should know that these mists are very light in comparison to tanning sprays and lotions. Given this, you can’t expect it to be a tanner that can be effective on its own. Moreover, it is a great way to retouch on a previous lotion or spray application quickly.
4. Tanning Beds
The idea of getting into a tanning bed may seem a bit intimidating. However, you may want to still consider it as an option because of how useful it is. In addition to this, tanning beds are much safer than you would think. They involve lamps that produce both UV-A and UV-B rays individually. This allows people to get a good dark tan without exposing themselves to the harmful UV-C rays. However, these beds can still cause sunburn and other skin diseases if used excessively. Given this, you must limit your use of tanning beds to 20 minutes per session with at least a day in between sessions.
5. Tanning Pills
There are also pills out on the market that could help you get a tan without having to sit out in the sun. These capsules contain a compound known as canthaxanthin which occurs naturally in a variety of animals and plants and gives the skin a tinge of orange or brown. Moreover, the mixture dissolves into the layer of fat under the skin, and this is how it travels to its outermost surface.
If you are considering this option, it would be wise to consult your doctor for you would have to take a considerable amount for at least two weeks to get apparent results. In addition to the dosage, you may want to keep your doctor informed so they can help watch out for any possible side effects.
Bronzers come in different consistencies and forms but they all function similarly. Since contouring is now an essential step in a makeup routine, bronzers are now an essential. Unlike the other mentioned tanning options, bronzers can only be worn for a short period and are very easily washed off. Given this, it is just best for the face, not full body.
7. Enriched Moisturizers
There are moisturizers out in the market containing compounds such as vitamin E and other antioxidants. In addition to helping you keep your skin healthy while you go through your tanning process, these can also help you get that healthy glow.
8. Tinted Moisturizers
In the vein of tanning moisturizers are those that are tinted. Although this doesn’t provide much coverage, a tinted moisturizer can help you appear tanner. Like tanning mists and bronzers, tinted moisturizers can be a great way to supplement your tan.
9. Face Oils
Some people have problems maintaining the sunless tan on their faces. There is now a separate product for you to use to help the cream on your face. Moreover, these oils can have better-staying power in comparison to other sunless tanning methods.
If you want to learn more about sunless tanning methods, watch this video by Jess Conte!
Maintaining your tan during the holiday season can be difficult. Given this, we hope that this article has introduced you to the sunless tanning methods that you would need to maintain your healthy glow. Additionally, you can also incorporate some of the elements of these techniques into your year-round tanning routine regardless of the amount of sun available to you.
If you have any experience with sunless tanning, please feel free to leave a comment down below!
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