Want to look like the Hollywood hottie waltzing up the red carpet to a movie award ceremony? Do you really think they get that tan from hours on the beach? Of course they don’t – the UV from the sun would make their skin wrinkle and dry out, making them far less appealing to the cameras flashing as they catch the world’s eyes!
The way the ‘beautiful people’ do it is through using sunless tanning lotions that both protect their skin against UV rays yet give them the appearance of being just back from the Bahamas. Before we look at the best sunless tanning lotion on the market this year, let’s look at how to get that perfect tan without spending hours under sunlamps or the sunshine…
Tips and Tricks When Using Sunless Tanning Lotions
Here are a few tips to getting the best results from the best sunless tanning lotion. Here’s how to get that Hollywood babe look -without, of course, having to pay a makeup artist to spray you!
Prep Your Skin for Applicaiton
Exfoliate and shave your skin before applying the lotion. Exfoliants remove the dead skin and makes it absorb the sunless tanning lotion better, and hairs of course can catch the lotion and leave unsightly dark patches.
Some sunless tanning lotions work better on wet skin, requiring a few applications over a few days to build the tan, not unlike spending a few afternoons going out to your favorite sun spot. This is because when your skin is wet it absorbs lotions better, and the build-up of tan being gradual you can get just the shade you want without overdoing it.
In these cases, you will need to take a shower where you wash yourself carefully and then step out of the shower to apply the lotion, waiting a few moments to absorb it into the skin.
Don’t Miss a Spot!
Even the best sunless tanning lotion can look tacky if you miss a spot! Try stand between two mirrors so you can see everywhere you are applying it and avoid the streaks and dark spots that come with a poor application!
Hands, elbows, ankles, knees and feet! These joints are particularly difficult to get right as where the skin bends at the joint you can find the sunless tanner concentrating as a brown line or lines. Use the lotion sparingly in these spots, remembering that for example, no-one’s palms or the undersides of their feet ever go particularly dark. Do use a mitt to ensure a smooth, streak free application.
Maintain Your Glorious Glow
Keep your skin hydrated with moisturizer to maintain that glow for a lot longer. Dry skin takes away from that freshly bronzed glow!
The Best Sunless Tanning Lotion for You
Now we have looked at how to apply it we should really look at what to apply. Here’s what you need to know to make an informed decision, and choose the best sunless tanning lotion for you.
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pads
These little pads that pack a big punch. Widely regarded as the best sunless tanning lotion on the market, the alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids exfoliate your skin as you apply the sunless tanner while the soy proteins and microencapsulated DHA give you a streak free glow wherever you apply it!
Bondi Sands Wash Off Instant Tan
This is Australia’s favorite instant tanning lotion, that washes off after your evening event. If you are lighter skinned then err on the cautious side and use the lighter of the two versions as the Dark version is, well, very dark! Better to build up gently…
Tanceuticals CC Self Tanning Body Lotion
This brilliant formula gives a noticeable result as soon as you apply the first layer. It also dries nicely so after an application before bed it won’t stain your bedsheets!
Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer
This affordable option is one of those you apply after a shower, as the skin absorbs more of the goodness when wet. Don’t expect instant results – usually 3-5 washes will get you where you want to be
Tarte Glow with faux foaming self tanner
This product is so easy to use! It gives a very dark tan on the first application. It comes with a special mitt so you can apply it evenly and avoid those dreaded streaks!