Top spray tan tips to avoid looking like an Oompa Loompa this summer

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With summer on the way, you don't want to be caught on the beach looking pale and sickly. Although you...

With summer on the way, you don't want to be caught on the beach looking pale and sickly. Although you could lay out in the sun to get that golden glow, it is widely known that overexposure to the sun can cause skin damage, wrinkles, freckles and even skin cancer. Using a spray tan is a great alternative, but you really need to know a few tricks and tips for using spray tanner before you go for it. Otherwise, you could end up looking streaky and orange. Let's face it, nobody wants to look like an Oompa Loopma in a two piece.

Tip #1: Scrub that skin!

Dead skin cells can build up all over your body, and can cause your tan to rub off or fade faster. The best way to keep your tan looking its best is to exfoliate your skin really well before you apply a spray tan. Soak in a bathtub or hot shower for about five minutes, then scrub your body with a loofah or body puff using a natural soap that does not contain moisturizers. Any added moisturizer will inhibit your skin from shedding dead skin cells. Try to scrub all the areas of your body really well, and focus on the areas that have tougher skin, such as your elbows and knees.

Tip #2: Airbrush or bust

Picking out a great spray tanner can feel confusing when the aisles of the store are packed with different bottles of self tanning lotions, creams, foams, sprays and mists. Look for a product that delivers the tanner evenly across your skin, and one that can allow you to cover those hard to reach places without breaking your arms. Airbrush tanners work really well and release the spray tanning solution using an even, fine mist. You can even have your whole body airbrushed at once at many Atlanta tanning salons.

Tip #3: Use a tanner/lotion combo

Spray tanners recommend that you reapply the product around three times within a week until you reach the desired tan, but how can you maintain your color after that? Consider using a tanner/lotion combo. After you reach the tan color you like, reapply the spray tanner once per week. On the other days of the week, apply a lotion that contains a small amount of self-tanning ingredients. These lotions are often used to build up color gradually and can help fill in the gaps between your spray tan sessions.

Always discontinue use if you have a reaction when using spray tanning products, such as the development of a rash, swelling, redness or itching. Contact your local Atlanta-based doctor if these side effects occur. You'll want to find out if you might have an allergy to one of the ingredients.

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