Growing up in California as a swimmer meant that I was tan all year round. When I stopped my swimming career, my luscious golden glow began wearing off, so I began to find other ways to help me get my color back without having to be at the pool everyday. With summer right around the corner, I am starting to work on achieving my perfect color.
I understand the risks of laying in a tanning bed, so I find different ways to tan without going to a tanning salon. Here are some great ways to acquire the color you desire safely:
Spray Tan: One of my great friends who works as a spray tanner at a local salon has given me some great tips on how to make a spray tan last and look it’s best. It is very important not to go near water for the amount of time that you are instructed because it can cause your tan to turn out uneven. Also, before you go in for your spray, be sure to exfoliate your body so that the tanning solution can stick to you better.
Tanning Lotion: This is probably one of my favorite methods to use in order to get my desired glow. For me, tanning lotion doesn’t last too long, but it is super easy to reapply when you need more color. I love using the tanning lotion from Victoria’s Secret because I feel that it has the best coverage. I just recommend washing your hands after you use it to avoid awkward coloring.
Tanning Gel: In my experience, the coverage with the tanning gel has not been as substantial as a tanning lotion, but when I don’t want a super dark tan, it just gives me a nice glow. However, like tanning lotion, make sure to wash your hands when you are done!
At-Home Spray Tan: Spraying yourself with a can from the drug store is super convenient. I think that it gives me the most coverage and it is great to coverup scars and discolorations. My only recommendation would be to watch out for color wearing off onto your clothing and your sheets. It is great for a day wear, but I would shower before bed.
With all of these methods, it is important to remember to exfoliate before using the products because it helps your tan last longer. There are so many ways to tan safely, so if you have any other methods or tips, please feel free to share!