Gels and Mousses are more watery in their consistency and as a result the duration of the tan seems to be less than those achieved by lotions. Yet their watery consistency allows them to glide onto the skin and be absorbed faster producing a quicker and even tan.
The main advantage of sprays is in their fine application which minimises streaking and cuts out the need to use our hands. They also dry a lot quicker than gels and lotions because they are lighter. Drying time is important because the majority of self tanners instruct us to avoid any contact with clothing until the product has dried.
On the flip side however, some people prefer lotions purely because they take longer to dry. The benefit being that the user has more time and leeway for ensuring that the self tanner has been well rubbed into the skin.
Any excess spray has the potential to fall onto furniture or clothing thus staining it. A further disadvantage is manoeuvring yourself into a position to spray hard to reach areas such as your back.
New on the tanning product market are tan towels which are ready to apply and are disposable. Often problems occur because we apply too much self tanner; with tan towels the tanner contained in the towel has been calculated already. Streaking is minimised; and the whole application process is cleaned up. People have however; found that they forget which areas they have covered because the skin dries so quickly resulting in missed spots. Others (usually those with darker skins) have found that the towels have produced no major visible difference because not a high enough concentration of DHA was present.
In the end, each ones choice is personal and is dependant on which medium you work best with and which medium works best for you.Tanning Products : Good Brands to Use
A lot of people are sceptical about what to buy when it comes to tanning products. The best guide is to try and go for a well known brand in the sunless tanning industry. Below are several of the top selling brands that are available in the UK.
Australian Gold ®
Au Courant ®
Bain de Soleil ®
Banana Boat ®
Estée Lauder ®
Fake Bake ®
Piz Buin ®
Most brands will all generally only last for a couple of days and reapplication is necessary as our skin sheds itself with a completely renewed epidermis every month. This is why the colour does not last.
People should also be aware that the majority of tanning products do not often contain any protection in the form of UV filter of sun blocks. Therefore sunscreen should always be used over them to keep the skin from being damaged form UV exposure. Most brands also in no way contribute to the body's ability to produce Vitamin D.
Research has found that a link exists in the UV absorption qualities of melanin (the pigment responsible for producing a natural browning of the skin) and melanoidins. A fake tan can therefore offer a protection equal to that of an SPF 2 sunscreen. This is still to low and it is recommended that nothing less than an SPF of 15 is used.