With more and more information released to us about how UV rays are incredibly harmful for the skin, it’s becoming incredibly worrying for people who want to expose themselves for long durations under the sun just so they can get the perfect tan. We get it, it’s stressful and it’s a sweaty, uncomfortable experience. That’s why sunless tanning has been a popular alternative for quite a while now. But if you want the perfect, streak less tan, there are certain things you need to do to prepare your body beforehand. Here’s what you need to do:

Right time

If you can’t avoid dealing with water when you have your appointment booked for later, this is a big mistake. Any activity that deals with sweating is a big no-no. Water and chlorine tend to dry out your skin faster, which means your dry skin cells will be shed. Because of this, your tan will likely not last as long as you expect it too unfortunately. To avoid this, make it a point not to do any water-related or sweating activities at least 4 to 8 hours before your tan.

Exfoliate

As you probably know, exfoliation is a process that removes your skin’s dead cells and then leaves the skin supple and glowing underneath. This actually allows the tan to be absorbed evenly into your skin without any possible patches from clumps of dead cells that weren’t removed earlier. This is what gives way to those dreadful streaks on the skin. Also make sure that you don’t use soaps or in-shower moisturizers- these tend to give you that horrid orange tan. Instead use a high quality exfoliating agent like black exfoliating gloves.

No Lotion

In the days after the tan, it would be a good idea to moisturize your skin to make the tan last longer. However, moisturizing before wouldn’t be such a great idea. The bronzing spray could react with the lotion on your skin. Of course, it goes without saying that you should definitely remove all traces of makeup too. Make sure you avoid deodorant as well, because there have been some cases where the spray has reacted with these chemicals and left armpits a ghastly shade of green! Basically, go au naturale if you want to be one hundred percent safe.

Clothing

The next important thing to consider is what you wear. Your clothes are going to be rubbing against your skin after the tan so it’s best that you wear something loose-fitting so that there’s no smudging involved. Also, remember that they should be dark as well because there’s a chance your clothes could get stained once you’re fresh out of the tanning process.

These are the most important things you need to do before heading for that sunless tan. This method of tanning is a definitely a safer one when you consider how harmful the sun’s UV rays have become just in the span of a few years but make sure your prepare yourself right so there aren’t mishaps like streaks or weird colours!


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