If you're feeling frustrated with your attempts at achieving a deep, dark tan keep in mind that it's really difficult to notice color changes in ourselves and that you're hard work is actually probably paying off. It is true that although a light tan is pretty quick and simple to achieve, dark tans take more time and effort. To encourage and support the process, follow the 7 easy steps below to get that dark glow you've always wanted.
Step 1: Use the appropriate tanning lotion. Tanning lotions made specifically for tanning beds will help accelerate and maintain your tan while keeping your skin refreshed. Look for a product that includes Tyrosine and Vitamin E. These ingredients help you tan more easily and act as antioxidants for your skin as you build a base tan.
Step 2: Take some time to build your base. A solid base tan is the most essential component of being able to encourage your skin to develop a very dark glow. Keep in mind that it should be developed in layers.
Step 3: Don't forget your face. Tanning your face can prove to be harder than anywhere else on your body because the face is exposed so often to the sun that it usually develops a strong resistance to it's affects. To remedy this, use an advanced facial tanning lotion before every tanning bed session and every time you go outdoors.
Step 4: Don't forget moisturizer. Moisturizing will help rehydrate your skin and will help it get ready for the next session. Moisturized skin continues to develop melanin hours after you've left the tanning bed.
Step 5: Do not use soap. Soaps and body washes can strip your skin of moisture and your tan. To protect both, use a gentle cleanser in the shower.
Step 6: Track your progress. To keep up your spirits, use a tanning sticker in the same spot to ensure yourself that your efforts are working.
Step 7: If the above suggestions are still too slow-acting for you, consider using a self-tanning lotion in the darkest shade available. Be careful, because although this may be quick and easy, the very dark shade may come out looking unnatural. Avoid this shade on your face and neck.
Developing a dark tan safely takes diligence and maintenance. A very dark tan is not recommended for very fair individuals as it will not only likely cause irreversible skin damage that could put your life at risk, but probably will not develop at all due to their skin's very low melanin production rate. Try a medium self-tanner for natural looking results instead.