December 12, 2013

Safe Tanning Options for Men

If you are a man who steers clear of spray tanning and over-the-counter tanning products because you think of them as being for women only, it is time to rethink your attitude. Sun-kissed skin is universally beautiful, but it can also be deadly if you are still tanning in sunlight. Premature aging, skin cancer, sun spots and damaged collagen tissue are all problems you can find yourself facing if you continue to tan in the sun.

Now that the dangerous side effects of ongoing sun exposure are backed by scientists all over the world, both men and women are making the switch from toxic UV tanning to safer sunless solutions. Whether you decide to use a tanning lotion at home or get a professional treatment at a local salon, there are plenty of options you can choose from to get a natural-looking tan that does not come at the price of your skin’s health.

What Sunless Tanners Should Men Use?

For the best tanning lotion, look for formulas that come loaded with moisturisers and other skin-soothing ingredients. Hydrating products create even and long-lasting colour by smoothing out the skin and infusing it with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. To keep your tan subtle, go with a matte tanning lotion. Shimmer-based formulas are sure to give away the source of your colour.

While most tanning products can be used by both men and women, try Mine Tan’s Man Tan to experience the best tanning lotion designed specifically for men. Developed with a low cosmetic bronzer and a lightweight base, Man Tan delivers natural-looking and odourless results within one hour after application.

If you want to try spray tanning at a salon, ask for high-quality tanning mist in a shade or two darker than your skin tone. Spray tanning is one of the easiest ways to get a head-to-toe tan in one session, but you do need to be careful not to go too dark.

Tanning Tips for Men

  1. Exfoliate before tanning. Even the best tanning lotion can go wrong if you do not prep your skin before application. Men have tougher skin than women, so you should use powerful exfoliator the night before your tanning session to optimise your results.
  2. Use aftercare products. Colour from self-tanners is concentrated in the top layers of your skin, so you need to protect it from fading with daily moisturisers and mild cleansers.
  3. Try a gradual tanning lotion to extend your tan’s lifespan and treat faded spots in between sessions. Gradual tanning lotions contain a small amount of the tanning agent DHA to restore colour, and they can also be used in place of your daily moisturiser.
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