Get ready to glow! With the winter season here, we’re not as exposed to the sun as we wish and our tan lines are most likely to be invisible. But don’t worry, there’s still hope that we can have our summer sun kissed skin even when the temperatures are going down. Do we even have to mention that tanning beds and lying out, with out sunscreen are not viable options? By now, you should know to practice safe sun and the only safe way to get a tan is to fake it. Faking it is far easier than you think, and rather inexpensive. However, there are some things to keep in my mind that you should and you shouldn’t do when doing self-tanning:
- Exfoliate your skin before: in order to get better results with self-tanning, your skin needs to be on great conditions. One way to prepare your skin is to exfoliate it at least 8 hours before. The Avene Akerat ($25.99) is a smoothing, exfoliating cream for body. Ideal for dry to very dry skin types, it minimizes rough and hardened skin and improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
- Use an applicator: knowing how to get the perfect tan can take some time. If you’re pulling and rubbing at the skin when applying your self-tan you are likely causing streaks. That’s why we recommend a tan applicator, a mitt or a self-tanning product for beginners such as Tantowel Endless Tan Classic Kit ($16.99) This is a combination of the TanTowel Classic self-tanning towelettes and the clear liquid Tanning Mist. You won’t believe how easy is to apply it and get the tan everyone is dying to have!
- Moisturize to maintain your sexy tan longer! It is recommended to apply a good body lotion at least once a day. Not only to maintain a beautiful tan, but also to hydrate your skin. John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Body Lotion ($14.99) is ideal for all skin types and perfect to use every day.
1.Don’t use anything with oil before self-tanning — no moisturizing products. It will get in the way of your tan. Self-tan needs to get right down to your skin without something blocking it.
2.Don’t layer It on! Your skin can only absorb a certain amount of product. Depending on how you apply. What we recommend is two decent coats or a few light layers is always sufficient. One of our favorite ones are Bliss FatGirlSlim Hide and Glow Sleek – Fair to Medium ($33.99) this tinted body firming spray contains Amazonian maracuja oil and caffeine to firm and reduce puffiness. It gives you that luminous glow and you won’t have to apply hundred on layers to get the tan you want.
3. Don’t shave immediately before applying. Shaving exfoliates the skin, leaving it supple and ready for bronzing, so it should be done before self-tanner is applied, just not right before since shaving can open pores and create cuts. Prevent irritations and take your precautions.
Don’t forget to take into consideration these previous advices and achieve your desired golden glow without the dangerous effects of the sun!