Fake Tan Options
Fake Tan Options
Different Ways to Achieve a Golden Glow
The most controversial of the self-tan options, the tanning bed is made to simulate the effects of a day out in the sun, with the use of regulated exposure to UV light. Just like the sun, the UV light emitted from a tanning bed will produce the pigments that take skin from pale to bronze. However, regular use of tanning beds may result in increased chances of developing melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Those who use tanning beds do so at their own personal risk.
Offered up as a safe alternative to the tanning bed, the salon airbrush tan involves having a skilled technician mist the body with a fine spray of tanning solution, using a compressor and airbrush. More specifically, the tech will apply a solution laden with DHA, a chemical that reacts with the outer layer of skin to produce a bronzing effect, similar to what a traditional tan does. In approximately 1-3 hours, a golden glow will appear, lasting about 6-10 days.
AT-HOME TANNING SOLUTIONS
Another way to achieve bronzed-goddess status is to utilize an at-home self-tanner. Available as a spray, cream, gel, or lotion, the at-home self-tanner will produce the same results as a professional spray tan, but at a more wallet-friendly price. A friendly word of warning: while it can be difficult to reach every inch of the body, it is important to apply color evenly, to avoid orange, patchy skin. Be sure to read instructions carefully before applying a tanning solution.
When laying out by the pool isn’t an option, try one of these methods to get a sun-kissed glow all year long.