As a self-proclaimed sunscreen junkie, I have become a huge advocate for self-tanning products. My skin rarely sees sunlight without being slathered in sun protection that is SPF 50+ and as a result my skin literally glows in the dark. As we are now well into summer, I want to be sure to protect my skin from those harmful rays, but still maintain a beautiful summer glow. To achieve this I have been turning to sunless tanning products for a few years now. Through this time I have gone through my own trial and error process of figuring out the best application and maintenance for applying self-tanning products. Here are some of my tips and tricks to help you achieve a beautiful golden glow.
Preparing your skin for self-tan is so important. This will increase the length of time that your tan lasts and will make the application much easier. You want to ensure you shave prior to tanning. Shaving can exfoliate the skin and as a result, remove your tan.
You also want to exfoliate. Self tanning products will adhere to dry skin patches, which can leave an uneven tan. Be sure to exfoliate your skin really well with a loofa or body scrub to remove any dry skin patches.
After exfoliating, moisturize any dry areas of skin. Areas such as your elbows, ankles, feet and knees usually tend to be the driest. When using a moisturizer, make sure it is an oil free product. Moisturizers that contain oil can leave a residue on the skin and can impact how your self-tanning product develops on the skin.
Now that you have prepped your skin, it is time to apply! From my experience, the best way to apply self-tanning products is with a foam mitt applicator. It has always provided the most even application and prevents you from getting over tanned hands.
When it comes to applying tan to the face, or those dry areas like your elbows knees and feet, I always use the leftover product on the applicator mitt. This will make sure you don’t over apply in these areas and have any discolouration.
Now that you have your beautiful tan you want to ensure you can hold onto its beauty for as long as possible. Make sure you are using a gentle skin cleanser on the face and body. Avoid using ingredients that are exfoliating such as glycolic or salicylic acid because they will rid of your tan faster.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Moisturizing will help to keep your tan lasting longer, and will allow it to fade more gracefully. It will make sure your tan doesn’t cling to any dry patches and that it stays evenly coloured on your skin.
Do you have any tried and true tips for keeping your tan looking great? Let me know!