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False tanning has come a long way from the best you could hope for being more orange than brown. These days, not only can we make the choice to go sunless but we can also choose the method used. While some of you will apply self-tan at home, others will want to get the professional touch in the salon. When you are in a rush a visit to the salon for a speedy airbrush spray tan is all you need. Whatever the chosen method advances in sunless tanning technology mean the end result is increasingly difficult to set apart from a two-week spell in the Med.

Hollywood is responsible for originally encouraging the trend for tanned skin. The 1950s saw the increased marketing of skin tanning aids and in 1960 Coppertone came out with the first pour-on sunless tanning product call QT or Quick Tanning Lotion. Early tanning at this time had to make do with an orange hue, rather than a bronze glow, but sunless tanning has come a long way since. We can now achieve that coveted sun-kissed look with a visit to our nearest sunless tanning salon.

The most popular salon treatment by far is the Airbrushed tan. It is far quicker and more comfortable than the hands on treatment, but still maintains the personal touch and experience of a therapist. Airbrushing generally takes longer than a session in a spray booth, (about 15 minutes in total) it is more accurate and does not depend on you following the instructions.

The night before you visit the salon for your airbrush tan exfoliate your body, taking extra care on dry areas. Apply moisturiser liberally over the entire body again concentrating on dry areas such as the hands, feet and elbows. Wear loose clothing when you go for your treatment and don't wear boots.

Once you've had your tan the colour is noticeable immediately and will darken two to four hours after application. It reaches it peak in 24 hours.

The tan will last seven (14 days. Airbrush tanning is about pounds 30 per treatment or two tans for pounds 40.

NKym Guiney is at Clinic 54, 122 Northumberland Street, Newcastle. Call (0191) 232 5841. Write to her c/o Chronicle, Features, Groat Market, Newcastle. NE1 1ED or email
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 20, 2005
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