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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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    (Original post by Rosalily)
    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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    (Original post by r0manticide17)
    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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    (Original post by twiga)
    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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    (Original post by twiga)
    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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