Everyone seems to be asking questions, so here are some details on the most common ways to tan.
A sunbed is a device emitting ultraviolet radiation (usually UVA, but recently also UVB) used for cosmetic reasons (to induce an artificial tanning).
- Uneven, all over tan
- You tan less quickly compared to sub-bathing
- There are beds which show effects very quickly (e.g. for a night out)
- In contrast to sun-bathing, it is easier to control how much UV radiation you actually get
- 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
- Used sensibly, tanning beds are the most effective and safest way to get a deep, even tan.
- Only use clean, fully certified salons that regularly service their beds and change the bulbs
Airbrush Fake Tanning
- 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.
- 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.
- For 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.
A fake tan is an artificial type of suntan, usually created by applying a cream and letting the tan develop over a few hours.
- Healthy for your skin.
- It is temporary.
- Fast, so you can quickly get a tan for that late notice party.
- Doesn't last very long.
- Streaks CAN happen.
- Tango’d look isn’t good if it all goes wrong.
- It smells.
- 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).
- 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.
- Use a sock to rub it in leaves no streaks ;) have to throw the sock away mind
- If your hands are stained by fake tan, use half a teaspoon of clothes washing powder detergent as soap (make sure no allergies first)
- 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
- Fake Bake Mousse
- 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.
- It can be used instead of your usual moisturiser.
- Very easy to apply.
- Takes awhile to develop.
- Has to be applied every day.
- Again, doesn't smell too good.
- It can streak or go patchy.
- Exfoliate before use!!!
- Make sure you rub it in well and evenly.
- Wash hands after use, but also do the backs of your hands.
We have the following discussions on the forum:
- St Tropez vs Fake Bake
- Fake tan
- Best fake tan!
- Good quality fake tan!
- Tanning moisturisers??
- Johnson's holiday skin body lotion
- Garnier Summer Body
- best self tan
- St Tropez
Also See list originally compiled by Sazarina88.