Monday, July 1, 2013

How to apply Self Tanner

If you are using lots of sunscreen like you should be, you won't have the dark golden tan that you want. So, add color with self tanner!
Here are some application tips to get a great looking fake tan.
People with sensitive skin should do a patch test on a small area before applying self tanner all over.

Self Tanner Tips

1. Exfoliate your skin well with a dry body brush before you shower or use 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 a thin layer of 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 dark during application.

5. Apply self tanner.  You can use a spray or a cream. Work on one section of the body at a time. For your legs, do the calf, then do the thigh. For the arms, do the lower arm, then do the upper arm and so on. You have more control going section by section. Some self tanners are tinted so you can see exactly where you have applied.

Put a quarter sized dollop of the cream self tanner in the palm of your gloved hand. Then, apply it to your skin massaging it in a circular motion evenly over one section of your body. Feel free to use both of you gloved hands to massage the self tanner on. Move along section by section. Apply self tanner sparingly on areas of thick and/or calloused skin such as the feet, ankles, knees, elbows, knuckles, etc.

If you choose to use a spray, try 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.  Spray it on section by section holding the can 12"-14" from your skin. Use long strokes to apply a thin layer of tanner. You still need use your gloved hands to smooth out the spray in a circular motions. Let it dry. Then, you can apply another thin layer if you want. Do not spray your face. Spray the tanner onto a sponge and apply it to your face.

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.  

6. Wait until tanner is dry before dressing. Avoid contact with water for 4-6 hours. The initial colorant will wash off when you shower but a nice tan will remain.  The fake tan will gradually wear off as a real tan does.  Reapply every 3-4 days to keep your tan. Fake Bake is not tested on animals. A 7oz. Airbrush Self Tanning Spray is about $31.95.

Have a beautiful Day!

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