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How to Apply Sunless Tanner Products
Without the Orange Mess, Streaks and Blotches

There is something to be said for a golden, California-style tan, but spending hours tanning under the blazing solar disk is more of a skin-cancer risk than it is a fine tanning option. You could go all out and spent a hundred dollars getting a spray-on tan from a salon, but you risk losing control over the shade. For a few measly bucks, hide those pasty legs to the computer and buy some Neutrogena’s Instant Bronze sunless tanning and bronzer in one at the local drugstore. It’s a soft foam that provides instant color, then develops a tan as well.

How Sunless Tanning Products Produce that Golden Glow

Tanning lotions and creams are basically a way of dying your skin a lovely, summertime hue without exposing yourself to harmful UVA and UVB radiation. Tanning in its most primitive form is the same thing: UV rays interact with the melanin in your skin, turning it brown and dying you from the inside out. With a store-bought tan and bronzer, you can start out golden without the skin damage, and any incidental color you happen to pick up in the course of your summer is just gravy.

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Show off Your Tan with a Swim Suit that Flatters Your Body Type

Swim wear for Your Body TypeIf you're working on a tan (or applying your sunless tan), you're probably planning to show off the perfect swimsuit. You may even want a swimsuit for tanning in! What to find a bathing suit that works with your shape and coloring? Want an all-over tan, but don't want to get naked at the beach? Buy an opaque mesh suit that lets in the sunlight—but you'll need sunscreen all over too! Don't want a single UV ray to spoil your alabaster skin? There are suits made especially to block the sun's rays.

Swimsuit shopping has reduced many strong women to tears, so when you're ready to find the right suit, look at all your options. With more separates, and sexy new styles like the tankini, it's easier than ever to find a suit that will maximize your curb appeal and hide those tiny (and not so tiny) flaws.

Get help finding the ideal swim wear for your body type, including juniors, womens and plus size suits..


Application Tips for a Believable Golden, Sunless Tan

  • How Dark Do You Want to Be.
    Before you start, decide how deep a tan you want, and plan how much of your body you want tanned. Trouble spots include the neck, and the clavicle area. A deeply-tanned chest above the breasts can look old and wrinkly, so be careful.

  • Feet and Hands are Trouble Areas.
    Decide how you want your feet to look: you don't want a tan that ends in a pair of white ankles! The same with your hands; your tan shouldn't end at your wrists.

  • Face Tanning
    In general, tanning your face should be avoided because of tricky things like the thin skin under the eyes. If you feel you must have a tan on your face, consider a bronze makeup or powder, or have it professionally tanned at a good salon.

  • Shave Your Legs
    Start with freshly shaven legs so the lotion will go on smoothly, and apply it as evenly as you can.

  • Exfoliate Your Skin
    Exfoliate your body anywhere you plan to apply self tanner. By removing dead or dry skin cells (which can unevenly accept color) before applying tanner, you will get a more even looking result.

  • Use a Full Length Mirror.
    If you can, use a full-length mirror or get a friend to help you apply the lotion to the backs of your legs, you shoulders, waist and back.

  • Light Layer are Best
    Tanning lotion is like salt in a stew: you can always add more, but it's hard to take any out. If you're looking for a pretty rich color, plan to do your tanning in more than one application, so you can brown up in increments, preventing overdoing it.

  • Don't Use the Cheapest Brand
    I like Neutrogena brand because although it costs a little more, you won't end up the bright-orange color of cheap tanning lotions. Getting your tan from a company that specializes in skin care with an eye to sensitivity it also a good idea to my way of thinking.

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