Get a Glow: Best Self-Tanner Tips
Posted by ashley lake on March 20, 2012 at 3:43 PM
We all know that tanning, whether outside or at the tanning bed is really bad for you. Skin cancer, early aging…things you really don’t want. But now that it’s warm and you want to pull out your skirts and dresses – and gasp! wear them without tights – how do you get a little color on your ghost-like legs? Easy! Self-tanner.
Now I know, self-tanner can be scary. We’ve all seen the carrot-like disasters on the red carpet (Xtina and J.Simp, we’re talking to you) and streaky-looking skin is not the look anyone wants. Relax. Follow these tips and enjoy a nice little glow – no streaks in sight.
Plan ahead and Prep: You should apply your tanner at least two days prior to going to the beach. When you’re ready to apply, be sure to exfoliate first. This is the most important part of applying any self-tanner. Exfoliating removes dry skin and creates a smooth canvas.
Prep dry areas: After the skin is dry, apply oil-free moisturizer to the knuckles, elbows, knees, and ankles. These areas tend to be drier than the rest of the body and will grab a lot of the color from the tanner. The moisturizer will prevent orange knuckles, elbows, knees, or ankles.
Bottom’s up: Apply the tanner to the lowest part of your body first. If you apply to the stomach or chest first, you run the risk of getting creases when you bend over to tan your legs or feet. Self-tanning novices are best off using an easy-to-control mousse or gel with a wash-off cosmetic tint. If you’re feeling especially cautious, use a gradual-tanning moisturizer to build color over multiple applications.
Leave the streaking to the frat guys: Streaks occur when you don’t use enough product and don’t blend it in enough. Be confident while coating your skin!
Let it be: After you’ve applied the self-tanner to your body, let it dry for at least 15 minutes before getting dressed. You can dry your skin faster using a cool fan. The skin also absorbs spray tan faster than lotion.
The finishing touch: Add a bronzer to the collarbone and tops of the shoulders to finish off the luminous glow.
Make it last: Decrease your showering time to 10 minutes with warm water because water will wash away your tan. Don’t shave and try not to exfoliate until you’re ready to tan again.
These tips will help you build a natural-looking, long-lasting tan that’s perfect for the beach…or whenever you’re ready to bust out your spring dresses!
Here are a few great products to help you get glowing: