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Achieving The Perfect Fake Tan

Jun 12, 2008
Tanning booths have become the number one way for people to keep that year round tanned look. However new technology has come to the rescue to an industry that is having problems, owing to the rise in cases of skin cancer, with some newer techniques that pose less danger.

Many people are now turning to artificial methods as they are generally much safer, especially the popular spray tanning system. There are other agents available to help produce an artificial tan but they do not always work that well unless they are applied by someone with experience.

There are now home spray tanning systems available but these may not be the easiest to use on your own although with regular use could save you money in time. The methods of artificially creating this effect may differ but a guide to getting a good finish works pretty much with all of these spraying systems for tanning.

Probably the most important aspect and the first one to carry out is getting rid of the dead skin on your body by exfoliating. This can stop the situation where dead skin cells gradually drop off leaving paler patches of skin which immediately tells people you have a fake tan.

When that is done, it will be necessary to moisten the skin by applying a good moisturizer all over. Before applying a tanning agent, whether bottle or cream, ensure you are wearing gloves or the orange palms that will follow will give the game away.

All your joints i.e. knuckles, elbows, knees and ankles will need to be given a lighter coat as these areas will appear much darker and everyone will know what you have been doing! The only possible problem that can occur when spray tanning is used is some streaking caused by excess fluid, so an old towel you no longer need should be used to remove it.

Don't wiggle around a lot after applying the self tanning agent, remaining as motionless as possible will help to ensure an even tan. The problem you will have afterwards during this drying time is what to wear because if you wear something expensive that you like, it will probably become stained and won't come off.

Obviously darker clothing is the best option so if you have staining it will not be as visible, and if possible, wear something that you will not worry about if it gets damaged. If you remember these few rules you should find that alternative systems can be very effective and look just like the real thing.
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