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If you’ve ever used self-tanner before, then chances are you’ve had a few goofs. We’ve all been there! Whether you got dressed before your self-tanner dried and ended up with a streaky finish or you forgot to rinse your hands after applying self-tanner to the rest of your body, these common mistakes can make you want to hide under long sleeves and long pants. But using self-tanner is the only safe way to get a tan, so what are you supposed to do? The good news is, there are many different kinds of self-tanner available, ranging from lotions to mists to towelettes to serums, so finding one that suits your needs doesn’t have to be difficult. Here, we’re explaining how to use a self-tanning serum to get your faux glow on. Don’t be surprised if people ask you if you just got back from a tropical vacay!
Want to upgrade your self-tanner experience? It’s time to try a serum. While self-tanner comes in a lot of different formulations, one of our favorites of the moment happens to be self-tanning serum. As you’re probably well aware of, tanning outside is a beauty no-no (spending prolonged periods of sun without wearing protection can lead to damage, which can show up as visible signs of aging like dark spots and wrinkles down the road). But we get it—sometimes, you just like how you look with a tan, especially if you’ve spent the entire winter covered up and are ready to embrace spring and summer. That’s where self-tanning serum comes in. The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Serum has a quick-dry formula, goes on streak-free, and can last for up to two weeks.
Ready to get to work using your self-tanning serum? Avoid common mishaps by following the step-by-step instructions below. You’ve got pretty golden color coming your way!
Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate your skin. If you always skip exfoliating before applying self-tanner, it’s time to take the time to actually do it. Exfoliating can help get rid of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Those dead skin cells can lead to a patchy application, so exfoliation is a key pre-application step when you’re in the shower. Reach for a gentle scrub and massage it in circular motions before rinsing off.
Step 2: Apply an oil-free moisturizer, paying particular attention to dry areas. You know how you wouldn’t apply makeup to your face before putting on your foundation? Think of this the same way. Applying an oil-free moisturizer before self-tanner can help create a smooth base—this is particularly useful on areas that tend to get dry.
Step 3: Apply the self-tanning serum evenly all over your body. Pay attention to how much you apply to help ensure you’re doing so evenly.
Step 4: Use sparingly around your knees, elbows, and ankles. These areas tend to be drier than the skin on the rest of your body, which means they can soak up more color and look patchy if you’re not careful. So, heed the saying “less is more” when you’re applying your self-tanning serum to these areas.
Step 5: Wash your hands thoroughly when you’re done. You don’t want your hands to end up darker than the rest of your body! Another option you can try is using a self-tanning mitt. That way, your hand is covered so you won’t have to worry about washing off any excess color.
Step 6: Let your skin completely dry before putting on any clothes. Patience is a virtue! Don’t get dressed until your self-tanning serum has fully dried. And once it has, reach for loose, dark clothing to help avoid any staining.
Apply the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Serum once a day for three consecutive days to achieve a tan that can last up to two weeks. We have a feeling you’re going to master this self-tanner thing pretty easily. Have fun!