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3 Ways to Achieve a Perfect Self-Tan

We all want that perfect summer glow without having to risk getting skin cancer to get it. Luckily, this is possible using self-tanning products. The dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute have the perfect options for you to achieve that healthy summer glow.


How to Self-Tan Well

Self-Tanner vs. Sun Tanning

Using self-tanning products is not only healthier but looks more natural than a tan you achieve from laying out in the sun. Laying out in the sun, even if you have sunscreen on can mean a sunburn, skin damage and possibly skin cancer. Self-tanning products allow you to achieve a summer glow while keeping your skin intact and avoiding the potential of skin cancer. Ways to achieve the perfect self-tan include a spray tan, self-tan spray, or self-tan wipes.


Benefits of a Spray Tan

A spray tan is the best option for when you are not sure of which self-tan product to use or do not want to deal with the self-tan process. A spray tan leaves little room for streaks or spots that may end up darker than others because you put too much self-tanner on. Before your spray tan be sure to shower, shave and exfoliate your skin. Once you arrive for your spray tan you will be asked to strip down to what you are comfortable with. Keep in mind that any clothes left on will result in tan lines. The “tanning” booth or spray gun will spray directly onto the front of your body, including your face, and then again, the back of your body. To ensure the longevity of your spray tan, once it is complete, do not shower for 12 hours and do not participate in any activities where you may sweat. Once you can shower keep your skin hydrated to help the tan last for up to 10 days. If you prefer to skip the spray tan and like to do it yourself, self-tan spray or self-tan wipes are good options.


Benefits of Self-Tan Spray and Self-Tan Wipes

Self-tan sprays and wipes are great alternatives to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV rays) or paying for a spray tan. The first step in using sprays or wipes is to shower, shave and exfoliate your skin. This allows your skin to easily absorb the tanner in the spray or on the wipes. Many sprays encourage wearing gloves to avoid your hands from getting messy, and to avoid streaks from appearing and your hands looking a different shade than the rest of your body. With both sprays and wipes, begin at your feet and work your way up the body. This way you don’t run into the chance of streaks or smearing what you already have applied. Sprays and wipes should be applied in long, vertical strokes. This keeps a consistent look across your skin. Once applied, use the cool setting on a hair dryer to help quickly dry the formula. Lastly, avoid showering for up to 12 hours. Continue applying the self-tanner as needed to keep your skin glowing year-round.

If you have questions about the benefits of self-tanning and which products work best, the dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute can help. If you are in Bloomington, Illinois or the surrounding areas complete this form to work with a dermatologist to get your summer glow started.

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