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Self-tanners offer a great, safe way to get the look of glowing skin. You don’t have to spend hours baking in the sun, damaging and aging your skin. And, you don’t have to reserve the look of a bronzed complexion for only the summer months – sunless tanning options allow for you to hold onto that look of a natural glow all year. While you may know this all to be true, you may still find that you have a hard time giving a sunless tan a try. Is the possibility of streaks, spots, orange palms and stains at the root of your hesitation? If you find yourself nodding yes, then first consider that sunless tanning options have come a long way. Many self-tanners offer streak-free, transfer resistant formulas that can build the look of a natural-looking tan without any of the pitfalls. There are serums, lotions, creams and even wash-off formulas to choose from. Once you find the right sunless tanner for you, follow these self-tanning rules, for the look of an even, sun-kissed glow.
Self-tanner application rule #1: Exfoliate beforehand. Ensure the look of smooth skin, by starting out your self-tanner application process by encouraging just that: smooth skin. Exfoliating away dead skin cells from skin’s surface can help to eliminate a flaky, uneven surface, so your self-tanner formula can apply more evenly. For an invigorating scented scrub, try Skincare.com’s DIY Citrus Salt Scrub. You’ll need ½ cup of coconut oil, ¼ cup of granulated salt, ½ teaspoon of lemon essential oil, ½ teaspoon of sweet orange essential oil and ¼ teaspoon raw honey. Mix all of the ingredients together. (Tip: If you want your scrub to have a coarser, sand-like texture, mix in a few more handfuls of salt during this step.) Store the scrub in an airtight jar and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. When ready to use, massage in circular motions as desired onto your body while in the bath or shower. Rinse and pat dry. Keep the scrub refrigerated and use it within a few months. Consider making smaller batches that’ll be used up quickly.
Self-tanner application rule #2: Use a mitt if you’re worried about orange palms. One way to avoid orange palms is to wash your hands thoroughly immediately after application. Or, you can avoid this common self-tanner mishap entirely by wearing an application mitt. For the most even, believable fake tan, invest in a tanning mitt suggests Skincare.com—this will not only help you get an even application, but also help keep your palms from getting stained. Then, apply the tanner in sections, massaging the formula into your skin with a uniform circular motion. If your formula doesn’t work with a mitt, be sure to wash your hands well after each section.
Self-tanner application rule #3: Don’t overdo your face, a little goes a long way! While you may think that applying a generous amount will give you a deeper tan, it may only allow for more errors. Only apply about a pea-sized amount when applying a self-tanner to your face and blend in using upward motions, starting at the base of your neck and working your way up and out.
Self-tanner application rule #4: Blend at your joints. These areas of your skin tend to be the most dry and rough. Spend a little extra time blending in self-tanner formulas around your knees, elbows, ankles and wrists to be sure you end up with an even-looking tan.
Self-tanner application rule #5: Make sure your skin is dry. Allow enough time for your skin to air-dry or pat completely dry before applying a self-tanner. Give the self-tanner formula enough time to dry once it has been applied. Once you’ve finished with the application process, you will want to give your skin about 10 minutes to dry before getting dressed. For extra precaution, try to stick with loose clothing and avoid sweating or showering for the next few hours.
Self-tanner application rule #6: Pair with SPF to keep your skin healthy. You’re already on the right track, given that you are applying a self-tanner in place of tanning oil, so keep the good skin care habits going by also applying a SPF formula too. UV rays can damage and age your skin, causing fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and even sagging skin to develop prematurely. So keep these signs of skin aging at bay and keep the focus on your glowing skin instead by applying SPF that is formulated with broad spectrum protection to your skin every day.
Encourage the look of a natural glow without exposing your skin to harmful UV rays and without the streaks, stains or orange palms! Have an even, smooth-looking tan by keeping these tips in mind.