How to Prevent Sunless Tanning Disasters

Sunless tanning is one of the best ways to get tan skin without enduring hours of harsh UV lighting. In general, sunless tanning is safe and effective. Yet because these tans are not natural, occasionally the end result is imperfect. There are a number of problems that can arise from sunless tanning. Below are some of the problems that may arise from sunless tanning and examples of how to prevent these problems.

Sunless Tanning Problems

  • Unnatural Looking Tan

Even though sunless tanners have evolved considerably over the last several years, it is possible that your tan ends up looking somewhat unnatural. Perhaps the color of your skin is too orange, or the tan itself appears to be turning to a different color. There are several possible solutions to this problem.

First, check the reviews of the tanning product you have used. There are some tanning products which still produce yellow or orange skin tones.  If that is not correct, another possibility is that you used too much. Many sunless tanners tell you how to create a dark tan, and will recommend using a lot of the product, but the way the product interacts with skin is not the same for everyone. If it is your first time using the tanning product, you may want to go slow, allowing the color to continue to grow on your skin before you add more product to get your darker tan.

Finally, it is always a good idea to fully clean yourself before applying the tanner. Dirty or dead skin can cause the tanning agents to change color.

  • Tanner is Streaky

When you complete your sunless tanning session, you may find that the tanner appears somewhat streaky. If that is the case, there are several things you can do.

First, make sure you have applied it correctly. You must apply the tanner in the manner on the bottle. Rubbing it up and down your arms or legs is not an effective way to get a natural looking tan. Also, make sure you are fully clean and exfoliated before applying the tanner.

It is also possible that the tanning agents rubbed off. Try your best not to get wet or sweat after applying your sunless tanner. If you do, the colors may not stay correctly.

  • Color Appears to Be Flaking Off

It is also possible that you notice the new color flaking off of your body. Most likely this is because you had dead skin cells that you colored, and these dead skin cells are coming off. Once again, it is a good idea to exfoliate completely before you apply the tanner. In addition, you may want to moisturize as well, to reduce flaky and dry skin.

Overall, if you stick to these ideas your sunless tanner should look completely natural. There are still some additional problems that may occur, but today’s sunless tanners have been designed to work very effectively, so if you are having problems there is a good chance that the fix to these problems is quite easy, and may be a user error rather than a problem with the products.

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