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How to Get a Realistic Sunless Tan

how to get a realistic sunless tan How to Get a Realistic Sunless Tan

A lot of men feel self-conscious about the idea of fake tanning, it steps up personal maintenance to a level that might seem obsessive to some; but a nice, subtle tan – even a fake one – makes your skin appear healthier and more dynamic.

For those that can’t afford taking a few exotic vacations to escape the sunless months at home, getting a fake tan is an economical way to keep your skin looking fresh, and vibrant. But like anything else, there are a few tricks to getting the best result, and avoiding looking like you just stuck your head in a microwave.

Beware of the Tanning Bed

We cannot stress this fact enough: Tanning beds, or any service that uses ultra-violet lights, are not only dangerous, but a detriment to your skin. Even going a few times a year to keep up a tan in the off season puts you at risk of skin cancer, and increased signs of aging.

Realistically, even the natural process of tanning in sunlight is a trying experience for your skin, since tanning itself is actually your body increasing its melanin production to fight off skin cancer, resulting in a darkened tone.

But the highly concentrated and closely applied UV rays that tanning salons use are to be avoided at all costs.

The highly concentrated and closely applied UV rays that tanning salons use are to be avoided at all costs.

Sun in a Bottle

Despite what some may think, sunless tanning creams and moisturizers have actually come a long way in terms of providing a realistic looking tan.

Most products on the market today use dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a sugar based additive that interacts with the uppermost layer of your skin to create a darkening effect.

The only downside to these creams is that the tan can wear off relatively quickly, and you run the risk of botching the application, resulting in mysterious – or humorous – dark patches on your skin.

There are tricks to make application as easy as possible while achieving realistic results.

  • Make sure to wash and exfoliate the area you’ll be applying the tanner to to ensure optimum absorption
  • Combine equal amounts tanner and regular moisturizer to allow for a more risk-free application process, since the tanning effects will be minimized
  • Get someone else to do your back, no matter how flexible you think you are, you will mess this part of your body up, and you won’t be able to tell if you did
  • Fake some abs. For the adventurous, try flexing your stomach muscles in front of the mirror and ‘tracing’ the edges of the muscles with a little more sunless tanner; the resulting effect is more defined abs in no time

Despite what some may think, sunless tanning creams and moisturizers have actually come a long way in terms of providing a realistic looking tan.

Spray-on Sunshine

A benefit of spray-on tanning products is that the application is often less messy, and the product dries almost immediately; so the results unaffected by movement or sweating after application.

It’s also easier to get at hard to reach places, though we still recommend getting help to ensure the best coverage.

When looking for a spray tanning product, you would be advised to investigate one’s that allow you to ‘dial’ in and control the darkness level of your tan. Be sure to always start a shade or two lighter than you initially think, because you can always reapply for a darker tan, but you can’t remove.

Be sure to always start a shade or two lighter than you initially think, because you can always reapply for a darker tan.

Get Professional Help

If you have the time, and the money, a professional spray tan is always the best way to go. These individuals are trained to provide you with the best tone, coverage, and quality of tan.

Services have stand-up booths where in a few seconds you can be evenly covered from head to toe, as if you were just on a sunny beach in parts south.

Always do a quick search online to see who has the most positive reviews, locations, and certifications. Also, many places have steep discounts to offer depending on first-time usage, and frequency for those that are willing to do the research.

In a few seconds you can be evenly covered from head to toe, as if you were just on a sunny beach in parts south.

Summary

A sunless tan is a great way to keep your skin looking vibrant and healthy all year round.

An added benefit? You can introduce brighter shades in to your wardrobe through the winter months, since summer tones will no longer have the effect of ‘washing out’ a pale face.

Just remember to take time when applying, and always start light, and work your way darker.

  • Always exfoliate and wash your skin before applying a tanner
  • Seek out a second party to apply product to your back and other hard-to-reach areas
  • When in doubt, and with an abundance of free income, seek the help of a professional

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Erik Adler

Erik Adler

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Erik Adler is the Editorial Director for Alpha Brand Media. An avid cyclist, when he's not working he can be found restoring vintage bikes for his collection. Proud Estonian. Not so proud Ticats fan.
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  1. Hey Eric – you have some great tips here, and you echo a lot of what we say on our site, too… You should check us out and let me know what you think – we have fun vids and content you might like to share on your blog.

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