Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Self Tanner Tips

It is time to work on your tan! Your fake tan that is! You can visit a salon or spa for a spray tan or use a self tanning product yourself. Self tanning products contain dihydroxyacetone, DHA,  which is a harmless substance derived from sugar. The DHA reacts with the proteins in the skin staining the dead cell layer a brownish color. The "tan" sheds off as the dead cells naturally shed. 

Here are my tips for perfect application of self tanner.

1. Exfoliate your skin well with a dry body brush or a body scrub in the shower. Concentrate on thick skin areas such as the feet and knees.

2. Apply a light film of moisturizer. This will help prevent pores from darkening too much causing them to stand out.

3. Apply an oil or thick moisturizer to feet, knees and other areas of thickened skin so they don't get too dark.

4.Wear gloves to keep your palms from turning too dark during application.

5. Apply self tanner. I love Fake Bake Sunless Airbrush. You spray it on and it leaves a tan color so you can see where the product is on your skin. Now use your gloved hands to smooth out the spray in a circular motions. Be careful where you are while applying your spray tan. The over spray gets everywhere!  I like to spray tan outside or in the shower with the shower curtain closed so I can wash off the shower when I am done. People with sensitive skin should do a patch test  before application. 

6. Avoid contact with water for 4-6 hours.  The initial colorant will wash off, but a nice tan will remain.  It will gradually wear off as a real tan does.  Fake Bake is not tested on animals. Fake Bake Airbrush Self Tanning Spray is about available in salons and on various online stores including Amazon.

7. Use moisturizer daily to keep your tan looking glowy. You will need to reapply self tanner to keep looking tan once or twice a week depending on how your skin cells shed. You can also try using a moisturizer containing DHA to help maintain your tan.

Have a Beautiful Day!

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