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Using self-tanner is the easiest option for getting the sun-kissed glow you crave. And, as you know, if you want a tan, self-tanner is the way to go since spending prolonged periods of time out in the sun without wearing SPF protection can lead to some serious skin damage. Still, when it comes to self-tanner, you might have some pre-conceived notions about the product—maybe you think it’ll make you look orange or that your tan will come out streaky. Those things aren’t necessarily true, though. There are a lot of self-tanner myths out there, just like those ones, and we’re debunking them today. Want a golden glow? Get the low-down on the seven common self-tanner myths you should stop believing now so you can start getting your glow on ASAP.
It’s a common misconception that all self-tanners are the same—they’re really not. You have to make it a point to find one that best suits your needs. Self-tanners come in an array of forms such as gels, foams, mists, lotion, towelettes, and mousse formulas, just to name a few! Put in the time by doing some research to find a formula that you feel most comfortable using. Test a couple of different products out to see how it looks on your skin. Need a place to start? Below are a few options from L'Oréal Paris.
If you prefer a self-tanning mousse…try the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse.
If you prefer a self-tanning serum…try the L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum.
If you prefer a self-tanning lotion…try the L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk Medium.
If you prefer a self-tanning mist…try the L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Mist.
If you prefer self-tanning towelettes…try the L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Towelettes for Body.
Think you shouldn’t exfoliate before applying self-tanner? Think again! Exfoliating is one of the steps you should take to prep your skin before using self-tanner. Exfoliation involves sloughing off dead skin cells from the surface of skin, which can help you get a more even application if you do so before applying color. When you’re exfoliating as part of your self-tanner prep, focus on areas like your knees and elbows since they tend to be drier and may absorb color quicker. That’s why you may have noticed those spots getting darker than the rest of your body when you use self-tanner without exfoliating first!
Nope, not true! After exfoliating, the next step in your self-tanner prep routine should be moisturizing your skin. Moisturizing can actually also help you get more even coverage and make the application process go smoother. Remember to apply moisturizer to areas like your ankles, knees, and wrists, which, again, can soak up more color since they can be on the drier side.
Wrong again! If you want a believable-looking tan and an even finish, make sure to follow the directions that go with your specific self-tanner. While different self-tanners may have different instructions, there are also general guidelines you’ll usually want to follow. Before applying your self-tanner of choice, the basic prep steps are to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize your skin. Then you’ll want to smooth on the self-tanner.
You’ll also want to wash your hands thoroughly after you’re done to help avoid them ending up darker than the rest of your body. Alternatively, picking up a self-tanning mitt can help to keep your palms from getting stained. Post-tanning, you’ll also want to wait until your self-tanner has completely dried before putting on clothes—and when you do get dressed, opt for wearing dark, loose clothing. As for when you can repeat this process, typically you can use self-tanner every day or every other day until you reach your desired level of color and then once or twice a week to help maintain the results.
Not necessarily! Whether or not you turn orange is all about the formula. Today, there are an increasing number of self-tanners that will leave you with a natural-looking, bronzed tan. Still, if you’re worried about ending up orange, looking for formulas with green undertones can be helpful.
With innovations like clear self-tanner, there’s no need to worry about your sheets and clothes being stained by self-tanner! Simply use one with a clear formula and enjoy the perks of a faux tan without the hassle of steering clear of everything white.
Editor’s note: Is your favorite formula tinted? Consider using darker sheets when you’re tanning!
If you have fair skin, you may be afraid to reach for a self-tanner for fear that it’ll end up looking incredibly unnatural. But you don’t have to worry! Opt for a gradual self-tanner, which requires a few applications to build up the color. This will allow you to customize your tan and remove any worry of a tan that’s darker than you’re comfortable with!
Ready for more of the details on how to apply self-tanner the right way? Here’s How to Use Every Type of Self-Tanner.