by Gloria Jones
(San Diego, California, USA)
There are now a number of different sunless tanning lotions available to suit all skin tones. This is particularly useful for those with very pale skin, as this kind of skin has a tendency to burn in the sun rather than tanning.
When shopping for tanning lotion, take a look at the product to see what it recommends. Many people are tempted to go for “deep” tanners, but those with fair skin would be far better suited to “light” or “medium” tanning products.
Most tanning lotion brands now come in each type of shade, allowing you to choose the best one for you. If your skin is particularly fair, you can also try using a tanning moisturizer for more gradual results.
If you have particularly sensitive skin then you may find that some sunless tanning lotions aren’t suitable for you. This may limit your options, though manufacturers are now coming out with sensitive varieties of famous tanners, or you could opt to buy a face tanner for the whole body (they’re generally less harsh).
Face Vs. Body
When it comes to self tanning, it’s not just your general skin type that matters, but also where you’re applying the lotion. Applying self tanning lotion to the face that was originally designed for the body can cause blocked pores.
The best sunless tanning lotion for the face will be lighter than other lotions, and often include SPF protection against the sun to ensure that this sensitive area stays protected.
Why It’s Important To Think Carefully About Your Skin Tone
Everyone’s skin is different, and self tanning lotions can look different on different base colors. It’s important to understand what works best for your skin and how much, or how little, self tan you need to apply to achieve the best results.
Although it’s nice to have a sun-kissed glow, we’ve all seen those who have overdone it and gone a deep shade of orange!
If you’ve got very pale skin then it may be that self tanning lotions won’t ever make you look like you were born and live in the Mediterranean.
Even the best sunless tanning lotion can’t completely change what you look like, but by picking the right product you can help to achieve the healthy glow you’re looking for.