With so many risks associated with sun bathing, from premature aging to skin cancer, the only safe way to achieve that golden glow is with a little help from self-tanning lotions. Although at home self-tanning renders great results if you can spare the time and money, go for a professional spray on self-tan at your local beauty salon.
If doing it at home, both for fast and slow self-tanning start with the ankle and foot first, and then work up the body. On you legs go in long sweeping movements towards the heart area. On areas like your knees and elbows, go in a slight rotation and use a mitten if you can.
Fast Self Tanning
If you’re in a rush try one of the Neutrogena self-tanning products available at your local drugstore (I prefer creams to sprays for an even coverage) and start slow and clean: Take a good shower and scrub your body so all dull skin is removed. Dry yourself thoroughly and being fully nude, apply your first layer of self tanning product covering yourself from head to toe.
Wait at least 4 hours. With your skin dry, apply a second layer, this time concentrating on the areas you want to hide. If your hips are too wide, contour them with the self-tanning cream. If your tummy is too big, apply the lotion there and so forth.
Still want to be darker? Wait another 4 hours at least. Apply a third layer, this time all over your body just like you did with layer #1 but adding a little extra to those trouble spots (hips, tummy, butt, etc.)
The following morning take a shower but DO NOT scrub! Add some shimmering body lotion all over your body except trouble spots (you don’t want to make them glisten), and you’re ready to look delicious and perfectly tanned in your bikini.
If you have time
To build up a tan slowly, start out by exfoliating your full body before the first application. Use a gradual self-tan like Origins Let It Show for a natural looking glow, applying it several days in a row. DO NOT scrub your body in between.
Another way to do it is to mix the self-tan with your regular moisturizing lotion and apply this mixture twice a day.
Either way, remember to add an extra layer here and there to hide trouble spots.
To make your skin glisten use a shimmering body lotion. Cocoa Butter or a Vitamin-E-based shimmer body lotion will do the trick.