It’s the heart of summertime and you’re probably stuck working inside most of the day. You won’t get to build natural color. No problem, you just need a tan to feel and look good. Whether you’re attending a wedding, going on a date or enjoying a girl’s night out, jump right in and get the best tan with reliable tanning products. It’s easy, inexpensive and fast with results that will trigger one compliment after the other.

Ready for your glow? We have you covered. Follow these five tips.

Tip #1 – Start with the right attitude

Remind yourself every now and then, you deserve the best tan. Get a tan without the time and risks tied to natural sun tanning!

Tip #2 – Put tanning fears in the rearview mirror

Tune out the people who insist that you’re going to turn orange or streaky!

You can defeat the dreaded orange:

  • Don’t over-apply tanning products
  • Don’t tan too frequently
  • Always exfoliate before applying a fresh layer of tanning lotions or spray

Overcome streakiness:

  • Shave at least 12 hours before you tan
  • Wax before you tan so the wax doesn’t remove tan layers of skin
  • Avoid lotions before tanning because they create a barrier on the skin and cause uneven results

Tip #3 – Buy the right products

The saying, “quality over quantity” holds true with tans too. Use premium, professional-grade ingredients. When purchasing products to use at home or deciding where to spray tan, know the essential facts like these:

    • Eco-certified DHA is the active ingredient most often used in all sunless tanners. The DHA should be naturally derived and a third party should certify that it’s pure.
    • Eco-certified Erythrulose is a naturally-derived, active ingredient that helps tans last longer.
    • Dimethyl Isosorbide helps the tan solution properly absorb into the skin for a deeper and even tan.
    • Lotions and sprays should be paraben free, gluten free and cruelty free

Tip #4 – Always prep for a tan

Understand your skin and remember that everyone’s skin tans differently. As with everything, it’s best to practice a little and use moderation as you learn how your skin can deliver the perfect glow.

You need to be sensitive to the timeframe ideally suited to you. What are you tanning for? When do you need it? For starters, exfoliate the night before, shave and drink enough water.

What to wear? Whether you’re heading into a salon for a spray tan or getting a tan from the comfort of your own home, favor loose fitting clothes. You can go naked or wear your bathing suit. If you choose the latter, make sure it’s a dark color. You decide how much skin to expose to achieve the look you want!

Tip #5 – Take care as you apply tanning products

The form of products determines how you apply them.

  • Lotions
    • Apply liberally with an applicator mitt or hand in a smooth, circular motion over body
    • Wash hands immediately after use
    • Allow 4-8 hours before getting wet
    • Let the lotion dry before dressing
    • If more color is desired, apply more frequently
  • Sprays
    • Hold 6-8 inches from your skin
    • Spray with a quick, continuous, side-to-side motion across areas to be tanned
    • Spray lightly and blend around feet, ankles, knees and elbows
    • Let the tan spray dry before dressing
    • Allow 4-8 hours before getting wet
    • To ensure an even tan, blend with an applicator mitt or hand
    • Wash hands immediately after use
  • Spray Tanning
    • Whether you get sprayed in a booth or by a technician, you’ll have to listen to the salon staffer on the appropriate way to stand and rotate to get the ideal tan.

If you prefer to apply once and have a deep week-long tan, then a spray tan or self-tanning bronzer lotion or spray will work best (apply every 5-7 days). The cosmetic bronzer washes off in your next shower – just like a make-up foundation. But the extended tan will last 5-7 days.

Ready for your tan? Making the choice between a spray tan or self-tanning product is probably the toughest part.

Simply decide where you’ll show off your tan, who you’ll see and what you’ll wear. You’ll exude confidence and be SO happy you treated yourself to a tan.

Use quality products at home or in-salon and you won’t need to worry about any fuss. You’ll just pull off a tan that everyone will admire – up close or across the room.