Sunless Tanning Tips
Sunbathing, whether it be lying by the pool, on the beach or in a tanning bed is just downright bad for your skin. Skin cancer, premature aging, wrinkles, eye damage and allergic reactions should be enough to scare anyone away from being an avid sun worshiper.
However, you still yearn for that sun-kissed look year round. You say a tan reduces the need for makeup and gives you a radiant and healthy glow. Ok, so how can you achieve this look without exposing your skin to those harmful UV rays?
Well, sunless tanning products (lotions, sprays or wipes) are your answer. Sunless tanners have been around for years. Unfortunately, earlier versions tended to dye the skin unevenly, creating a mosaic of lovely orangey blotches. Luckily, formulations and ingredients have greatly improved. If you haven’t tried a sunless tanner lately, now is the time to take the leap.
Before you start, here are a few handy tips that will help ensure you get professional-looking results!
Exfoliate Your Skin
This tip is first and foremost when using a sunless tanning product. You should exfoliate your skin the day prior to applying the product. This will guarantee an even application and prevent streaking. You don’t need to buy any fancy exfoliating gizmos or preparations.
While you are in the shower, all it takes is a gentle rub with a cotton washcloth or loofa to remove dead skin cells and product buildup that can result in an uneven tan. Shaving your legs the day before is also an easy way of exfoliating your skin.
Perform a Color Test
To avoid looking like “Tanning Mom”, perform a product test patch before applying all over your body. All self tanners are not created equal. Some contain higher levels of tanning ingredients than others. Also, your skin tone and pH can affect the end result.
To be on the safe side, you might want to start with a gradual tanning product which can be applied each day until you reach your desired level of color.
Dry Your Skin Completely
If you plan to apply a sunless tanning product after a shower or bath, make sure your skin is completely dry or you'll end up with a blotchy result. Wait several minutes after toweling off to allow your skin to air dry and cool down. Move to a non-humid area of the house to apply your sunless tanner.
Don't Tan Your Palms!
While applying your tanning product, wash your hands periodically to avoid tanned palms. Once you’ve finished applying, use a nail brush to clean under fingernails and around cuticles. To tan the backs of your hands, apply product with cosmetic pads after you have finished the rest of your body.
Apply Lightly on Rough Skin
Do not over apply sunless tanning product on areas of rough skin like your elbows, knees, ankles and tops of feet. This dry, thickened skin will absorb more product, resulting in dark skin patches. You can also dilute your sunless tanner by adding a little moisturizer to lessen the tanning effect on rough skin areas.
Allow Product to Dry Before Dressing
Don’t rush to get dressed once your have applied your sunless tanning product. It can stain your clothing and remove areas that haven’t been completely absorbed into your skin. Check the product directions for advice on when to dress after application.
Avoid Immediate Contact With Water
Stay out of the water for at least several hours after application. Even excessive sweat can interfere with your sunless tanning product's effectiveness. Water can turn your tan into a streaky mess!
Moisturize Your Skin
Don’t allow your skin to dry out – your tan will “fade” much more quickly. If your skin is not moisturized, your tan can roll right off your skin with a light rub. Moisturize your skin every morning in between sunless tanning applications to avoid premature tan loss!
Sunless Tanner Application Tips!
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