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The weather is (finally) beginning to warm up, but don’t let that inspire you to start sunbathing as a hobby. In case you need a reminder, too much time under the sun isn’t good for you. Plus, it’s far from the only way to obtain a tan. If you’re seeking color before summer hits, it could be the perfect time to turn to self-tanner. Sun-kissed skin minus the sun damage—what’s not to like? So, go ahead and slather your skin with sunscreen before heading outside, and rely on self-tanner to transform your pasty winter skin. We’re spilling our top tips and tricks for using our best self-tanners to help turn you into a self-tanning pro ASAP—before all your weekend plans revolve around beach daysand other outdoor activities. Here’s how to add fake tanner to your skin care routine.
While you may feel like you were born-ready to be bronzed, it’s a good idea to do some prep work first. Before you break out your L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ self-tanner of choice, it’s time to exfoliate. Applying self-tanner directly to skin without exfoliating beforehand can lead to patchy application. For your face, use a face scrub, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub, to help slough dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. For your body, follow our tips for dry brushing, a popular exfoliating technique.
Being in a rush is nothing new to most of us, but trying to tan while you’re crunched for time might be. Want to fake a tan before a night out but weren’t able to do so the day before? Well, as it turns out, serums aren’t just for your skin care routine! Try the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Serum, which has a quick-dry, streak-free formula.
There’s something to be said for having a friend on hand to help you self-tan everywhere—even the center of your back—but unfortunately, there aren’t always tanning companions available on demand. To reach those tricky spots when you’re solo, it’s all about picking the right product. The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Mist Deep Natural Tan has a wide-angle applicator that is perfect for getting every single spot. If you’re still wondering what to do for the back of your hands, here’s the answer. Place a small amount of product on a disposable makeup blender and gently dab onto the back of your hands.
It seems safe to say that vacations, no matter the time of year, are among the most popular occasions to fake a flawless tan. Prior to packing up your suitcase and heading for the plane, train, or automobile, you apply your favorite tanning product to ensure you’re looking your best (a.k.a. most bronzed) throughout your trip. Of course, one application is rarely enough. Throughout your vacay, you may want to touch up your tan. Rather than lugging around bronzing lotions or creams, stock your suitcase with self-tanning towelettes. You can’t get more convenient than the single-use, individually-wrapped L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Towelettes.
If you don’t need to be bronzed in an instant, a gradual self-tanner is always a good idea. By using a self-tanner that works over time, it’s often easier to achieve an even, natural-looking tan. Try the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk Medium, which can be used in place of your regular old body lotion three times a week.
The last thing anyone who’s a fan of fake tanning wants is to end up with streaky color. It can seem almost unavoidable, but these helpful tips can make a difference.
1. Remove all jewelry. This should be a no-brainer! Obviously, you don’t want those precious jewels to end up tinted with self-tanner, plus, having any objects in the way can make for an uneven tan.
2. Apply an oil-free moisturizer. After you exfoliate, smooth an oil-free moisturizer onto dry areas. A moisturizing cream can make all the difference in whether or not your self-tanner applies to your dry skin well.
3. Be careful around your ankles, knees, and elbows. Apply self-tanner sparingly to feet, knees, and elbows, which tend to absorb more color than other areas.
With these tips and tricks in your back pocket, you’ll no doubt be itching to get your tan on. While we support switching up your shade any day, any time of year, we have a few helpful hints on the very best moments to use self-tanner in our article, The Best Times to Use Self-Tanner.