Why would you want to tan your underarms, anyway. If you want to make sure that your skin color looks natural, then you should even it out by tanning under your arms.
If you want to tan your underarms naturally, the best way would be to do it outdoors on a sunny day. Lie down on a pool lounge, lift up your arms, and let the sun radiate its ultraviolet rays onto your underarms for about a half hour, depending on the sun rays’ intensity.
This natural method is the way to go in tropical climates with almost permanent sunny weather. But, depending on your location, you can also try alternative methods, which are also highly effective, and fairly simple to do.
In order to use self-tanning lotions, you need to do some research about the best ones available in stores, or on the internet. Once you decide on the one that will suit your needs, you can begin the process by taking the following steps before applying the lotion to your body:
- Shave your underarms before the application.
- Thoroughly exfoliate your underarms a few days before the application
- Use an effective moisturizer every day starting a week before the application
You want to both exfoliate and moisturize your underarms, so that they can be cleared of all dead skin cells that prevent the absorption of the tanning lotion onto your skin.
Once you have completed these steps, you can start applying the lotion to tan your underarms. The whole process takes time, and requires a great deal of dedication and patience, to make sure that you are using a safe indoor tanning technique. Keep applying the self-tanning lotion to your underarms for several days, until you see the results that you desire.
Bronzer or Airbrush
This indoor technique will usually require that you visit a tanning salon nearby. Most salons can apply a bronzer that instantaneously gives you a tan on whatever part of your body you want. Or you can choose to use an airbrush, which is good if you plan to tan your entire body. In this case, since you are only interested in tanning your underarms, you can opt for either technique.
The airbrush technique basically works by having a technician spray the tanning solution onto a specific part of your body. You can lift your arms and have an instant tan on your underarms, without much effort or pain – unlike what is sometimes experienced using natural sunlight.
The final technique that we will discuss is the tanning bed. To tan your underarms using a tanning bed, you have to lie down with your arms open either face up or down on the tanning bed. Set the intensity, and stay in the bed for about 20 minutes until you have the color you want.
One of the disadvantages of using this method is that most of your body gets tanned, instead of just the part that you wanted. Tanning beds vary in intensity, and it is important to always wear a tanning lotion made exclusively for use with tanning beds.
These are the three options available for tanning your underarms, in addition to natural sun tanning. Take the proper precautions for each method, and enjoy the benefits of tanning either naturally or indoors responsibly.
Source by David Broadhead, Ph.D.
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