Get Your Fake Bake On
So you want to glow. But how? Self tanning is an incredible way to gradually boost your glow without the damage of the sun. Let’s face it, we spend a lot of time hanging out in the sun to get that beautiful, deep tan. It’s really important to know how to prepare skin to fake tan, especially because the prep is what helps your skin take to the fake tan. Prep doesn’t get all the time it truly needs, so let’s take a look at how to get the best fake tan possible.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
This. Is. Crucial. Exfoliation removes dead skin, debris, or anything else sitting on top of your skin. Without exfoliating, you run the chance of an uneven tan. Wrists, ankles, elbows, and knees are areas that grab a lot of color, so be sure to exfoliate those places with care. Also, be sure to apply less product to those areas once you’re at the tanning stage.
During the shower before your self tanning, use cold water to shrink your pores and reduce the likelihood they’ll get clogged with a self tanning product. Try to stay away from moisturizers before you apply your product, too. You want it to sink into your skin, instead of adhering to the moisturizer on your skin. could really However, a moisturizer with aloe vera as a base can do the trick for your hands, elbows, knees, feet, and ankles. It will prevent them from grabbing too much color.
Remove Hair Before
If you’re going to wax or shave, make sure to do it 24 hours before you apply your self tanning product. If you get irritation after shaving, this gives the skin time to calm down before applying a self tanner. Another important hair removing tip for self tanners is to be sure not to wax afterwards. This will simply pull the tan off your skin. You don’t want to work hard and have it taken away, right?
Different Types of Fake Tanners
There are so many different products and types of products you can use to get the tan you want. It’s about personal preference to some degree, however there are lots of different types of self tanners on the market now. A mousse is the fastest to dry, while lotions or oils are the most hydrating. Gradual tans happen over a period of time, so it’s less likely someone’s going to think you created that tan yourself. Instant tans are great for low-commitment, especially if you want to wash the tan off later. Self tans take several hours to develop.
Application with a mitt is a surefire way to make sure your tan develops evenly. Using sweeping motions instead of buffing circles, apply the product to your skin on the mitt. You can also start from the bottom up – it’s a great way to be sure you don’t leave any parts pale.
You better believe there’s a way to safely self tan your face. If you mix a self tanner with a little bit of moisturizer, the likelihood of harsh lines or streakiness decreases. It might even help keep your skin from revolting to the product. Be sure to only apply one layer of the product to your face and absolutely use a mitt. Since so many tanning products contain alcohol, it might feel like you’re drying out your face. That’s why it’s so helpful to mix it with a moisturizer.
Do you have any self tanning secrets?