It’s getting to be that time when we all want a sun-kissed tan, but access to the real thing is still months away for most of us. But that’s no reason to leave your spring skirts stuck in the closet! Going the sunless tan route is always a safe and easy alternative to soaking up the real rays. Even though there are plenty of self-tanner horror stories, with this foolproof guide you can get that bronzed beauty look just in time for the weekend.
1. Exfoliate! This is probably the most important step in the sunless tanning process. Smooth skin is essential for an even self-tanner application, and it will help the tan last longer. Before applying self-tanner, make sure you scrub your face and body. This DIY Coffee and Olive Oil Scrub will really get your skin ready.
2. Protect. Apply a light layer of lotion to any areas that are especially dry. Pay special attention to the elbows, knees and feet. This will create a barrier on the skin so that the dry areas don’t absorb too much self-tanner.
3. Apply. Start at the lower leg and work your way up one body part at a time. And remember, it’s always easier to add more product than to start with too much. Quick Tip: You can wear a pair of disposable gloves to avoid staining your hands. If you don’t have gloves, allow a layer of moisturizer to absorb into your hands before you begin. And be sure to wash your hands really well as soon as you finish applying.
4. Face. You’ll want to choose a product that is specifically designed for your face; look for an oil-free formula. After the product is rubbed in take a wet cotton swab to your brows and hairline. Lightly and carefully go over these areas so that they don’t get too dark or patchy around the hair.
5. Dry. Be sure your skin is dry and the self-tanner has been absorbed before getting dressed. And because DHA (the chemical in self-tanner that reacts with the melanin in your skin) does tend to have a distinct odor, nighttime application is always a good option. There is another benefit to before-bed tanning, check it out here.
6. Fix. Mistakes will happen, but there are plenty of at-home remedies if you end up with a streak or two. The first solution to try is exfoliation with an oil-based scrub (like this DIY Sugar & Olive Oil one). If that doesn’t take care of the problem, witch hazel should be able to fade the color. Lemon is also a great lightening agent; you can try rubbing a lemon wedge on the area to help lighten any dark spots.
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