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Protect your skin and self-tan this spring/summer

There is something about a beautiful bronzed glow that our culture craves. Yet we all know the dangers of the tanning salon. The deep, dark tan it gives you is desired, but how do you get that color without risking your skin? This spring and summer when you want to get rid of your pale skin and rock a gorgeous glow, try a self-tanner or a spray tan.

For newbies or those who are nervous about their abilities to apply self-tanner without looking like an Oompa Loompa, try a lotion that gives you gradual color. You simply apply the lotion multiple times a day for a while and you will gradually see yourself gaining color and brightness of your skin tone.

My favorite brands are Hempz Touch of Summer, St Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body and Nivea Sun kissed Radiant Skin.

If you have used self-tanners before or are looking for a more instant color, try a self-tanner lotion or spray. Self-tanners work best on exfoliated skin. After you exfoliate, you may want to use plastic gloves to apply if you use a lotion to avoid stains on your hands. Apply evenly all over your body. If you use a spray, be sure to hold the nozzle about six inches away from your body to avoid patches. Hold it on an angle to get difficult areas, such as your back.

My favorite brands are St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Spray, Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Mist and Neutrogena Micro-Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan.

Lastly, if you feel like shelling out a little more cash to have someone else do the dirty work for you, visit a tanning salon for a spray tan. Spray tanning uses equipment that features an air compressor and a spray gun to gently and evenly apply streak-free color to your skin quickly and easily. A tanning professional will do this for you.

Spray tans usually fade just like a tan from the sun over several days. A spray tan usually lasts about 10 days. Spray tans are a great idea when you want to look beautiful for a special event, such as a wedding or birthday party. The tanning professionals will blend a color that looks perfect on you and it normal runs about $20-$100 depending how many sessions you go.

Have you ever tried self-tanning lotions, sprays or a spray tan? What is your favorite brand?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.