Before You Go For Self Tanning

There are some things that you absolutely need to know before you go in for a self-tanning procedure. Here are a few of them:

  • Sunless tanning products do not invade the deepest layer of your skin. They work only on the outermost layer, except the tanning beds which emit UV rays and thus can affect the skin as deeply as the rays from the sun. If you do choose to go in for a tanning bed, then limit the time of exposure. Use goggles and do take special care if you are on certain medications like birth control pills, antihistamines, tranquilizers, diabetes medicines or even medications for acne.

  • Since, tanning beds use UV rays, their overuse may cause skin cancer in later life. Other possible harmful effects include skin irritation, sunburn, changes in immune system as well as eye inflammation.
  • Before going in for an overall tan, get a patch test done and make sure that you are not allergic to the product.

  • The best time to use a self-tanner is at night as most of them do not contain any sunscreen. Also, use it a few hours before going to bed so that it gets ample time to dry out and thus does not stain the bed covers.

  • Showering, exfoliating and moisturizing are an absolute must before applying any self-tanner so as to prevent ugly-looking tan lines or streaks. Focus especially on knees, lower legs, ankles, knuckles and feet. And then before application, do not forget to rub moisturizer onto these areas.
  • Dry yourself very well because any sweat or excess of moisturizer can make the tanner run.

  • Avoid wearing clothing for at least two hours after application of the product, especially those made of nylon, as this fabric gets stained permanently. Streaking may occur if you get yourself wet too soon after using a lotion. Wear gloves while applying the product and keep all other things that you might need, handy.

  • If you are a beginner, then you could ask somebody else to apply the product for you. Else, begin with short-circular motions. When you are done, it is absolutely imperative to dry yourself well. The risks associated with tanning lotions include aggravation of skin irritation and skin turning yellow.

  • Try not to go in for tanning pills. They are not as yet approved by the FDA. They may cause certain complications including canthaxanthin retinopathy.

These are all the things that you need to know and consider before choosing self-tanning as a method of getting that sun-kissed look.