Although we know how dangerous long sun exposure can be, we still want to have a beautiful, uniform, healthy tan. That is why sunless tanning is becoming so popular. However, sometimes an incorrectly chosen sunless product or an inaccurate use of it can make our fake tan become a disaster. Many people are still afraid to try sunless tanning because the image of that scary orange tan they saw on the beaches is still present in their memories.
Inaccurate sunless tanning for a beginner may end up in a number of unpleasant surprises: tan turning orange, orange hands and nails, a lot of streaks and dark points on the whole body, knees and elbows turn orange or look dirty, the face tan fades up to fast, the skin looks cracked or lizard-like, and so on. But don't desperate.
Choosing a high-quality product and following some simple rules when applying can ensure you a wonderful golden tan. So let's see, why is your tan turning orange? There can be several causes. First of all, you may be applying too much of the sunless tanning product.
Usually a quantity of one or two ounces should be sufficient for the entire body. On some of product instructions it is recommended to reapply additional coats until the desired color is obtained. Don't do that. Sunless darkening may continue for several hours after the appliance and you can obtain an intensively colored skin with an unnatural orange tint.
Another possible reason of your tan turning orange is applying dark or extra dark products on a very fair skin. Don't choose sunless tan colors that could be never obtained on your skin naturally. Another uncomfortable consequence of incorrect sunless tanning is orange hands. If you don't use gloves when applying the product you may be left with incredibly orange color on palms that wouldn't wash away for several days.
This can be avoided by using gloves or just washing thoroughly the hands every 5 minutes during the appliance procedure. If the damage has already been done and your palms are very orange, you may try to use hydrogen peroxide to clean them. It can be easily found in drugstores.
However, the cleaning effect is not immediate so you?ll have to wait for several hours. In many cases certain bony areas such as knees and elbows turn orange. This is happening because of insufficient exfoliation. A proper exfoliation must be made three days before and the day of the appliance. A special attention is paid to these dry bony regions, including knees, elbows, and wrists.
The previous (old) fake tan must be thoroughly taken off by exfoliating to avoid a build-up effect. Some consumers recommend a good moisturizing of these areas before applying a small quantity of product. Al the excessive amount of product must be removed.
To prevent cracked, lizard-like skin you should choose a non-alcohol product, created especially for dry skin. And don't forget that sunless tan does not protect your skin from sun so using a sunscreen is obligatory. So, the simple rules to avoid tan turning orange are a proper exfoliation before the appliance, moisturizing after the appliance (but not sooner than after first shower), choosing a high-quality product that corresponds to your skin color and type, avoiding washing and exercising at least three hours after appliance, a thorough washing of hands using a fingernail brush, and protecting your skin from sunlight using a sunscreen.