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Self Tanning Basics

April 3, 2013

When it comes to achieving that sun kissed look, often the easiest option, particularly in the autumn winter period is self tanning. Self tanning is safer and cheaper than other forms of tanning such as tanning beds or outdoor sun exposure. However, this particular method can be tricky depending on your experience level, so we’ve put together some helpful self tanning basics to look over before you begin.

1. Look for self tanning products with the ingredient that stimulates the pigment of the skin rather than a cheap “dye.” This is very important as the latter, cheaper method can result in the dreaded, unnatural orange look. So be attentive to what you’re buying when it comes to tanning formulas.

2. Test self tanning products out on an area of the skin that is generally not exposed. For example, you can test it out on an area of your stomach. This way, you can get an idea of what the result will look like and how your skin will react.

3. Cleanse and exfoliate before using self tanning products. This will get rid of any dead skin cells, and it will prevent an uneven tan. Additionally, avoid tanning after a hot shower, as the heated skin can alter the end results.

4. As a rule of thumb, apply a light even layer of product all over the skin. Thicker layers of product do not necessarily mean a darker or more intense tan. Applying thick layers of self tanner product can result in blotchy or orange pigments. Additionally, apply slightly less product to dry areas of your skin to prevent over-absorption.

5. After working with the product, wash your hands thoroughly to prevent staining on your hands. If you’ve got them, use latex gloves to completely prevent the possibility of the product staining your hands. After the self tanning process is over,
be sure to wash the lotion away.

6. Use moisturiser every day after the first day. This will help to extend the life of your tan.

7. Lastly, wait before putting on clothes after the tanning process. Trying to dress too soon could result in stains on your clothing, as well as, ruining the freshly applied tan.

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