Tanning lotions have become very popular these past years among men and women who would like to achieve glowing, tan skin without having to spend a lot of time under the sun. There are different types of tanning lotions and some are able to provide glowing results in an instant while other types of tanning products contain ingredients that improve and speed up the skin's ability to get a beautiful looking tan.


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Using sunless tanning products has many benefits. Because you will not have to bathe for minutes under the sun to get a tan, you will prevent your skin from becoming dehydrated and burnt. Depending on the type of tanning lotion that you are using, you will also be able to moisturize and nourish your skin. However, one of the reasons why many people prefer to use self-tanning lotions is because they are able to control the tanning process. The best way though to have a great looking tan is by making sure that you are applying the lotion properly. If you are unable to do so, your tan may become uneven. These are the steps that you should follow to ensure that you have a beautiful and even tan.

The first thing that you should do is to exfoliate your body. Exfoliating helps in removing dead skin cells therefore creating a smooth surface on your skin. This is essential more so when you will be applying a bronzer or a self-tanner. You should not forget to exfoliate your elbows, knees and hands to make sure that you have an even tan.

Tanning lotions should be applied a few minutes prior to indoor or outdoor tanning. You should begin the application on your legs with long and firm strokes in circular motion and make sure that you did not miss any spot. Be more careful when applying tanning lotion to your knees and elbows and don't forget to apply some lotion on your feet and torso as well. Because it will be difficult for you to apply it on your back, you might want to ask someone else to apply it. If you want to have a natural looking tan, you should apply some of the tanning product you are using on your face as well. Remove makeup and make sure that your face is clean before using any type of tanning lotions on it.

Not all sunless tanning products have UV protection. If you are using this kind of a tanning lotion, you should apply a sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful effects of sun exposure. It is advisable to use a tanning product that has been designed for your skin type to have a beautiful tan.