So we all know how terrible the sun’s rays (and tanning beds) are for our skin but what’s a girl to do if she loves a golden glow? Lucky for you, getting a sun-kissed glow from a bottle is easy.
Self-tanners have come a long way from the days of stinky creams that turn you orange. These days, the smell has improved and the results can be undetectable from the real thing, provided there are no tell-tale streaks! One of my favorites is Glymed Plus Cell Science Tan In Fast-Acting Sunless Tanning Cream.
Here are a few tips for a superstar application.Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Self-tanner tends to be absorbed more intensely in drier areas prone to build up of dead cells (knee, elbow, heels, etc.) and leave weird dark patches. So, depending on how much dry skin you have, it can be a simple as using a washcloth to exfoliate the skin prior to applying a self-tanner. Or you can consistently use a leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliant the week before self tanning (try PCA Skin Body Therapy). For more exfoliation, my favorite way is to use warm water and baking soda to create a paste for your entire body. It’s all natural and super effective.Shave the day before to avoid irritation.
- Make sure your skin is dry before application.
- OK, now can get started! I like to mix a little of my favorite lotion with the self tanner for challenging areas such as knee, elbows and wrists. As noted, these parts will soak up the self-tanner more readily. You can always touch up later…
- Most importantly (are you paying attention?) is to make sure you evenly and thoroughly rub in the product. Streaks come from excess product so use a dry towel to pat any excess off when you are finished.
- If you are not wearing gloves, make sure to wash your hands to avoid discolored palms later!
- Give your skin time to dry. You should not bathe (or do hot yoga!) for a minimum of 6 hours (check the product for specifics). Wear loose clothing to avoid streaks.
Last but not least, don’t forget your sunblock. Looking tan does not provide protection from those nasty UV rays!
Cheers to great skin!