I can honestly say that I do not go to tanning beds. The number one reason is I don't want to get skin cancer. If I can prevent an extremely common cancer, I will do it! However, there are many more reasons why I don't tan. For example, I don't want to completely ruin my skin. I don't want to look like leather when I'm older and I don't want early skin aging. As I have gotten older I have really started to take great care of my skin and try to preserve it as long as I can. I don't want wrinkles when I'm older, and tanning beds are a huge cause to premature wrinkles. I'm not trying to offend anyone (the majority of my friends go to tanning beds) but I don't understand how people can risk their lives and their skin health for a tan.
Now let me just say, I love being tan - I hate being pale. It just doesn't look good on me. So, I found a safe and healthy way to get a bronzed glow year round! It's called a SELF TANNER. And I found the perfect one that won't make you orange, splotchy and is easy to apply.
My all time favorite self tanner is Fake Bake Flawless. This self tanning kit comes with the actual tanning product, two latex gloves, and a mitt for easy application.
How to Use:
1. While you shower, shave your legs and exfoliate every part of your body that you are going to self tan.
2. After you shower, make sure you're completely dry.
3. Put on the latex gloves and mitt. Spray the self tanner on one part of your body at a time (ex. one arm at a time, one leg at a time, etc).
4. Rub the self tanner on evenly with the mitt (brown side down).
I recommend tanning at night before bed. This allows the self tanner to set and for the color to progressively get deeper. Also, avoid sweating or getting wet for 8-12 hours after you tan. In the morning, you can shower, wash your face, work out as you normally would. I would also recommend moisturizing your body when you wake up (this will make the tan last longer).
You can buy this self tanner on Amazon for around $12. I believe you can also buy it at Ulta, but for a little more money.