We’ll keep it short, but with spring almost here and summer quickly approaching, a lot of us are ready to start working on our tans, but unfortunately it’s still too cold for most of us to get outside and get some rays, so today, we’re talking all about self-tanning! Let’s get started.
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What is Self-Tanner?
This is a pretty important question to answer before we get too into it! So, self-tanner falls under the category of sunless tanning, and sunless tanning involves using creams, lotions and sprays to get that bronze goddess color goin’ on.
How Does Self-Tanner Work?
When applied to the skin, the color additive ingredient known as dihydroxyacetone reacts with dead skin cells to temporarily darken the skin to create a tan, typically wearing off after a few days.
Applying a self-tanner, especially if you’re a beginner, can be a little scary at first. You don’t want your tan to look patchy or streaky, and of course, you want an even, all-over gorgeous glow. So we’ve compiled a few tips that we think will help you out!
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Always be sure to prep your skin. Prepping your skin is simple, and also very necessary. You can do this by cleaning thoroughly and exfoliating your skin prior to applying a self-tanner. It’s also worth mentioning that shaving prior to applying self-tanner is always a good call as well!
Dry off but also moisturize. Before you apply your self-tanner make sure that your skin is 100% dry, then wait a few minutes and apply a light lotion to areas that are prone to dryness such as elbows and/or ankles. Applying just a little moisturizer to dry spots will keep them from turning orange once your self-tanner has been applied.
While your tan develops, steer clear of perfumes and deodorant. These products can give your skin a green-ish tint, and while not all products will do this, it’s best to avoid them while your tan develops, just in case!
When applying self-tanner start with your face, use your bare hands to do so, and immediately wash your hands after you’re done. For the rest of your body, make sure you have an application mitt so your hands aren’t orange once you’re done; start at the bottom with your feet and legs and continue to work your way up to your neck. At the very end, apply self-tanner to your hands and make sure to blend in between your fingers.
Fix mistakes as you go by keeping baby wipes near you to fix any and all imperfections.
Now you wait for as long as the product tells you to, though we highly recommend doubling the wait time just to make extra sure your tan is good and dry.