Self-Tanning 101: How to Achieve a Flawless Golden Glow

tumblr_nt7fg8QHAS1thynt0o1_500Summertime is crazy-fun time – a chance to soak up the sunshine, laze over lazy evening drinks on sidewalk patios, and hit the beach. But it’s also that time of year when a golden glow seems to take precedence over every other beauty goal. Here’s how to make a flawless self-tan come to life (we promise, it’s easy).

bliss-blood-orange-scrubBegin with freshly exfoliated skin. This is the most important step of all! Without sloughing off those dead skin cells and rough spots, you risk applyingself-tanner to areas that aren’t ready for it – and your self-tanning product will definitely show up as darker patches in those areas, too. A product like Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Sugar Scrub ($31.59) is a dream in so many ways: it smells lovely, lathers up just like your favorite shower gel, and gentle scrubs away rough spots with mild sugar granules.

Dry off completely. Your skin shouldn’t be damp when you apply a self-tanning product, so towel off your body thoroughly and wait several minutes until you’re completely dry. (Use that time to dry your hair!)

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Next, moisturize any dry areas on your body. A lightweight body lotion, such as Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream ($25.89), sinks into rough spots like elbows, knees, and ankles, creating an instantly smooth canvas for your self-tanner. Don’t forget your face! Smooth an equally light moisturizer like Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion ($28.89) onto dry areas, such as the corners of your nose and around your mouth.

avene-self-tannerIt’s time to tan! Choose an effortless product that takes the guesswork out of thewhole process. We love Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion ($20.99), which applies just like – you guessed it – a body lotion. Smooth on this vitamin E-enriched product to achieve a fresh, natural-looking glow (and much softer skin). Use it for at least three days to reach your optimal shade preference.

 

tantowel-faceWho knew tanning your face could be this easy? Thanks to the TanTowel Face Tan Towelette ($30 for 15), you can enjoy a sun-kissed glow all season long – without worrying about damaging UV rays. Apply it as you would a moisturizer, buffing the towelette in a circular fashion over your entire face. Voila – a streak-free, gorgeous tan from head to toe.

 

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If you’ve made any mistakes, don’t fret – and please don’t attempt to remove all of your hard work by vigorously scrubbing your face and body! Instead, run a slice of lemon over the area and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The citric acid in the lemon will break down the tan and rid your skin of color, so you’ll have a fresh canvas on which to work.

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