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!
Let’s get to the 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.
- Always Exfoliate before you begin! (Shower, Shave and Exfoliate)
- Do not moisturize before applying, with the exception of your elbows, knees, heels, and ankles. The skin in these areas tend to be dry, so self-tanner likes to stick there. Moisturizing these spots 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 sides of your hands together. Skip your palms. No one has tanned palms.
- 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 washcloth will remove your self-tanner prematurely. An exfoliant will remove even more.
- Reapply a bit of self-tanner to the backs of your hands as needed. Because you wash your hands frequently (or at least I hope you do), the color wears away faster than on the rest of your body. You want to have even coloring at all times.