Tans are all the rage now and they are everywhere, particularly on the red carpet with celebrities strutting their stuff down the ready carpet looking like they just hopped out of Mexico. In fact, aside from contouring, highlighting and blending, tans are most certainly one of the most sought after treatments in the world. There are many different ways one can go about obtaining a tan, although which you go for is entirely up to you. What you should know though, is that some are riskier than other like sunbathing for instance or tanning beds. Self-tanners are considered to be much less harmful though they do require some working knowledge on the process. Here are some common mistakes you should steer away from, if you choose this path.
Too Many Layers
One of the most common mistakes people make with self-tanners is applying layer after layer for no reason at all. At the end of the day, no matter how much you like the colour, doing this is not going to make the final result any better. In fact, you are most likely to end up looking cakey. You should only apply a light layer at all times, unless you prefer a darker hue in which case you should opt for a product that offers a darker shade. Additionally, you should strictly avoid re-applying the tanner every few days unless you want to walk around looking like an orange traffic light. A suitable moisturiser used daily will help lock your tan in for longer, whilst one touch-up every week is more than enough to maintain your look.
Get Every Spot
Newbies to self tanning in particular are victims of missing spots they did not pay attention to. The back of the neck for instance is one. The creases of the knuckles is another. Remember that you need to thoroughly cover every bit of skin, and you want to make sure you can go about your daily activities without it being obvious that you had a fake tan. There is not much use in getting your whole body if you missed the back of your neck for instance; it would stand out like a sore thumb. Focus behind your ears and the backs of your heels as well.
Heading Out Right Away
Although there are some tanners that are designed to work fast allowing you to step of out of the house within the hour or even less, you should avoid heading out right away. For one thing, if you are doing it for the first time or trying out a new tanner, you cannot be entirely sure about what it might look like. For another, you do not want the colour to smear on your clothes. Ideally, you should allow it to develop on its own and allow time to wash it off before stepping out.
Not Spending Time on Choosing the Right Shade
As much as this is good advice for selecting makeup too, picking the right shade is essential for successful tanning. Spend enough time reviewing various products and comparing them against each other to be completely sure. Pay attention to your skin tone and remember to never go too dark because that would make your tan look unnatural. Maybe speak to some friends who might have done it before and ask them for advice as well.