As most people know by now, there is nothing healthy about tanning! Laying in the sun for hours can wreak havoc on your skin and cause wrinkling, premature aging, and even skin cancer, so why would you chance it? If you want a deep summer glow without the risks, a self tanner is the perfect way to achieve this. Self tanners have a come a long way, and are no longer the spotty and orange products they use to be. Today’s products leave a natural glow, smell great, and are so easy to use. Take a look below at some helpful tips on how to apply self tanner so you can experience the best results!
How to Apply Self Tanner
1. Wash and exfoliate. The first step in applying self tanner should be washing and exfoliating. Self tanner does best when applied to a smooth and clean surface. Just wash with soap or body wash and exfoliate with pumice or even wash cloth. Buff skin in a circular motion to help get rid of dead skin and reveal fresh and ready to tan skin.
2. Dry skin thoroughly. If your skin is wet you might experience streaking. Be sure you dry your skin thoroughly so the self tanner can apply evenly and streaks are avoided. Just pat dry with a towel after getting out of the shower and tie up your hair so it won’t drip onto your skin.
3. Remove all clothing. Don’t try to apply self tanner with any clothing on. It does stain, and clothing can keep you from getting an even application. Instead, leave clothing off and begin applying the self tanner in a circular motion starting at your shoulders and working your way down to your feet. You want to apply it just as you would an all over body lotion. Apply it in thin layers and rub in thoroughly as you go.
4. Know where to ease up. Some spots of your body will absorb more of the product than others, so you want to take it easy and only apply a thin layer on knees, elbows, ankles, knuckles, and feet. Any spots that have thicker skin will absorb more, so it is important to not overdo it in these areas.
5. Don’t rush the drying process. Don’t be in a hurry to throw clothes on. Give the self tanner time to dry and set. Putting on clothing too early can cause staining to the clothes and cause streaking to your skin, which you don’t want. 15-20 minutes should be sufficient.
6. Reapply once a week. To keep your skin glowing, you can repeat the process once a week. Your skin may retain the color longer, so do what works for you. If you notice any blotchiness to your skin, it may be time to exfoliate good again. As skin dries the color can become uneven, so keeping it moisturized between applications and exfoliated will help.
As you can see, self tanner can be a great way to keep your skin glowing without the use of the sun or harsh tanning beds. Give these application tips a try and see how helpful they can be with your self tanner products!