Getting a great tan can be difficult to achieve especially when you don’t know what to do. While the usual way of getting a tan is sunbathing or going to a tanning salon, it can be quite hazardous to one’s health to rely on such methods. In fact, due to the rise of tanning via UV rays, skin cancer has rose to the top as one of the most potent skin cancers in the society. With that in mind, it’s no longer surprising when individuals want to go to the safer option of getting their tan.

Unlike the usual tanned skin, taking care of self-tanned skin can be a tedious process. It makes use of chemicals to provide your skin with the bronze hue and it can be easily removed if your not careful. However, let’s not dive into the super intricate technicalities.

One of the common mishaps when it comes to tanning, be it through sun tanning, indoor tanning or even self tanning, is failing to moisturize your skin. Having a well hydrated skin is key to keeping one’s tan especially when done via self tanners.

Hydrating one’s skin keeps it from drying; dry skin tends to peel off which can make your tan look bad. Self tanners act much like lotion and if you put on some lotion before self tanning, it can end up like a mess. Thus, you’ll want to self tan with a dry skin, let the tanner sit for some time before applying the lovely layer of moisturizers and lotion to your skin.

Areas such as your knees, elbows and your feet can end up streaking if you don’t moisturize them often. Skipping on these areas can also cause your self tan to look cracked and uneven, that’s quite an unsightly visage.

As was mentioned, a properly hydrated tan can help make your self tan last longer. It can also aid in making your self tan look great.

One very important factor when it comes to moisturizers is to be careful with the kind of moisturizer you use. Certain moisturizers might end up erasing your self tan due to the chemicals it contains. Retinol is one ingredient you don’t want to find in a moisturizer. Or you can also go to the healthier roots and make use of aloe vera as a means to hydrate your self tanned skin.

By keeping your body hydrated and your skin moisturized, you’re giving your self tanner a longer time to stay on your skin while also adding a better glow.