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Everyone seems to be asking questions, so here are some details on the most common ways to tan.

Sunbeds

A sunbed is a device emitting ultraviolet radiation (usually UVA, but recently also UVB) used for cosmetic reasons (to induce an artificial tanning).

Advantages:

  • Even, all over tan.


Disadvantages:

  • Sunbeds emit UV rays (UVA and UVB) that penetrate deeply into cells and can cause gene damage. This damage can cause cancer.
  • Ages the skin.


Tips:

  • Don’t use if you have fair skin or burn easily. Also, if you have freckles or moles, it is not recommended.


Airbrush Fake Tanning

A sunbed is a device emitting ultraviolet radiation (usually UVA, but recently also UVB) used for cosmetic reasons (to induce an artificial tanning) but also for medical reasons.

Advantages:

  • Professional look.
  • Applied by machine, you don’t have to do the hard work. This should also mean that it will be an even tan.


Disadvantages:

  • Expensive.


Tips:

  • Exfoliate; pay particular attention to the lower half of your legs, knees, and ankles, top of feet, toes, elbows and knuckles.
  • Shave at least 8 hours before appointment.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes. Bring flip flops and a dark coloured swimsuit or garments to wear while being tanned.
  • Four 5 hours resist washing hands or wearing tight clothing. Don’t exercise; sweating alters the chemical reaction of the spray. Do not swim or moisturise.
  • Wait at least 8 hours before showering.


Fake Tan

A fake tan is an artificial type of suntan, usually created by applying a cream and letting the tan develop over a few hours.

Advantages:

  • Healthy for your skin.
  • It is temporary.
  • Fast, so you can quickly get a tan for that late notice party.


Disadvantages:

  • Doesn't last very long.
  • Streaks CAN happen.
  • Tango’d look isn’t good if it all goes wrong.
  • It smells.


Tips:

  • Shave the day before (Read packets for waxing and creams, as they usually suggest a time limit).
  • Exfoliate your whole body (Body Shop scrub mitts are good, they also do a good fake tan mitt).
  • Moisturise.
  • Go from toes to your face.
  • If you can’t reach your back, get some help
  • Remember to wash your hands after use if not using gloves. If you are using gloves, remember to do the back of your hands!
  • LET IT DRY before putting on clothes.


Recommendations:

  • L'oreal Paris sublime bronze self tanning gloves £10.99 (No need to exfoliate. Contains 4 gloves.)
  • Model Co Airbrush Tan in a can £26.00 (Has a 360 deg nozzle.)
  • Piz Buin Self tan Foam £12.99 (Long lasting, 5 mins drying.)
  • St Tropez Mousse


Also Useful: (Thanks to Dreama.)

  • Velvotan tan correction wipes
  • St Tropez Tan Remover
  • St Tropez back applicator


Holiday Skin (Moisturisers)

A body lotion with a small amount of tanning ingredient added to it.

Advantages:

  • It can be used instead of your usual moisturiser.
  • Very easy to apply.


Disadvantages:

  • Takes awhile to develop.
  • Has to be applied every day.
  • Again, doesn't smell too good.
  • It can streak or go patchy.


Tips:

  • Exfoliate before use!!!
  • Make sure you rub it in well and evenly.
  • Wash hands after use, but also do the backs of your hands.


Any questions, things you think need to be added?
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Ohh thanks for this! It covers everything
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For the Holiday Skin one, put that it smells awful and the smell hangs around constantly. I really liked using it but the smell made me want to gag! I thought it smelled much worse than fake tan
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For the Holiday Skin one, put that it smells awful and the smell hangs around constantly. I really liked using it but the smell made me want to gag! I thought it smelled much worse than fake tan
Aww. I use Avon's version and it smells fine. Maybe you could try another brand. Smell them in the shop, they wont notice you opening it.
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Disadvantages for false tan and holiday skin : it stinks for a few days after it's developed! Like Rosalily, i agree : it smells
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the piz buin foam isnt that dear were i work.its £3.99!!
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just sit in the ****ing sun
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(Original post by HagerVor)
just sit in the ****ing sun
There rarely is any sun here to sit in! Otherwise, we would!
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(Original post by Rosalily)
There rarely is any sun here to sit in! Otherwise, we would!
well then.. use a sunbed lol..

you'll be exposed to just as many cancer causing rays in real sunlight..

hmm.. i'm pretty sure it will give you vitamin D too.. take away SAD in the winter me thinks.
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Disadvantages for false tan and holiday skin : it stinks for a few days after it's developed! Like Rosalily, i agree : it smells
Okay, i will add it to both. Fake tan usually does stink.
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I think Fake Tan smells lush! Or at least the one I tried did. I wouldn't bother with that holiday skin stuff. bleh.
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Am I the only one who's had problems with streaks using the "holiday skin" option? Oh so sexy orange patches - how could any man resist....
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yea i had problems with the dark 1 streaking
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Am I the only one who's had problems with streaks using the "holiday skin" option? Oh so sexy orange patches - how could any man resist....
Yep, the problem is that it takes so long to develop- rather than the ones where they come out of the bottle how they will look on your skin.

I used the Johnson's Holiday Skin one and one leg's developed and the other is just as pale as it was in the first place.. not my most alluring look I can assure you.
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Am I the only one who's had problems with streaks using the "holiday skin" option? Oh so sexy orange patches - how could any man resist....
I used holiday skin and within a few days i turned brown but unless you rub in very well and evenly u streak! in my case on my arms i have darker browny/orange patches and then near white patches
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I think fake tan smells buff! I use holiday skin which is good but i can never be assed to put it on for more than 2 days in a row so i never get the proper effect!
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ive used the johnsons holiday skin and i've got patches. i keep trying to even it out, but it gets worse lol never mind...
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I don't tan. Poo.
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I hate holiday skin, it makes me very orange and streaky. How terribly unattractive!

I used FakeBake - but recently started using St Tropez Mousse and it's fantastic!!
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im thinking of getting some fake bake. i bought some loreal self tan just to try out coz i was a beginner but now i wana spend a bit more to get a better colour. is fake bake mousse better than the lotion? im going to get a tri pack with body scrub and polish thing in it but dnt know whether to go for the mousse or lotion?
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