As summer approaches many of us may wish to achieve a sun-kissed glow, but what is the best tanning method? Is it the natural approach of sun bathing? Or do you get the best results from artificial tanning methods such as spray tans?
Artificial or ‘fake’ tans achieve the sun-kissed look without the risks associated with sun bathing and sun beds. Using sun beds or sun bathing is dangerous and damaging to your skin because of the ultraviolet radiation emitted from the sun itself and the lights used in artificial tanning beds. The UV rays, both UVA and UVB, penetrate deeply into cells and are a known carcinogen (causes cancer). Not only does ultraviolet radiation damage your body’s genes and cells but it also causes ageing of the skin.
Using spray tans and liquid tans will provide you with tanned skin without any damage being done. To achieve the best results you should follow a number of steps both before and after having a ‘fake’ tan. First and most importantly exfoliate, paying particular attention to the lower half of your legs, knees, and ankles, top of feet, toes, elbows and knuckles. Also ensure to shave at least 8 hours before appointment, wear loose fitting clothes when going for your tan (for 5 hours resist washing hands or wearing tight clothing), don’t exercise, swim or moisturise and wait at least 8 hours before showering.
Different products will provide different results and the product best suited to you will depend on the sensitivity of your skin. If your skin often reacts to any tanning products then you should try Vita Liberata as their solutions are 80% organic and contain no parabens, perfumes or alcohol. If your skin is less sensitive then you could try He-Shi products which provide excellant, even coverage with no streaks and many of their solutions are quick drying making them ideal for when you’re in a hurry.
A patch test is advisable prior to treatment. Full body tan at Beauty haven is £25