Fake it, don’t bake it!!!
You already know how damaging the sun can be on your skin, and that you need to protect yourself with sunscreen. But what if you happen to look and feel better with a tan? The solution is self-tanner. Today’s formulas are so easy to use and natural looking, there’s no excuse for baking on the beach (or my case the backyard). Below is a list of self-tanning tips and tricks to help you get that beautiful, bronze tan….
Self-Tanning Tips & Tricks
- If you’re a beginner, use a formula for light skin tones, (some brands have light, medium, and dark formulas; some are “one color fits all.”) Be sure to apply the least amount as possible, and you’ll learn how much to use as you familiarize yourself with the effects it has on your skin.
- Exfoliate your skin before you begin.
- Do not moisturize before applying, with the exception of your elbows, knees, heels, and ankles. The skin in these areas tends to be dry, so self-tanner likes to stick there. Moisturizing these areas in advance will result in a smooth and even application. You’ll notice that these areas look darker on amateur self-tanners.
- Use disposable plastic gloves to apply self-tanner.
- Avoid getting the product on your fingernails and toenails.
- Be careful around your hairline and eyebrows. Make sure you apply to skin where hairlines begin. Amateur self-tanners often don’t get as close to the hairline as necessary.
- Don’t forget your ears.
- Don’t be heavy-handed. You can always apply a second coat later.
- When finished, remove your gloves and apply self-tanner to the backs of your hands. Gently rub the backs and the sides of your hands together. Skip your palms. No one has tanned palms.
- Don’t have gloves? Wash your hands a few times throughout the process. When you’re finished applying, wash your hands with body scrub or lemon juice.
- Be as naked as possible when self-tanning.
- Let the product dry and set as directions indicate before getting dressed. Don’t wear white right away if you can avoid it.
- When you shower, soap up your body with your hands. A wash cloth will remove your self-tanner prematurely. Exfoliant will remove even more.
- Moisturize your body everyday to prolong your self-tanner.
- Reapply a bit of self-tanner to the backs of your hands as needed. Because you wash your hands frequently, the color wears away faster than on the rest of your body. You want to have even coloring at all times.
Hope these tips and tricks help you with your self-tanning journey!!!