Self Tanning Hacks and Tips

selftanning_tipsHi girls, today I will talk about tips to use self tanners. In red carpet events, you will see a parade of stars in their perfectly tanned and glowing skin. Sunless tanning, unlike bed tanning and natural tanning, is free from the risk and danger of the harmful of ultraviolet rays. While it is relatively safer, it has to be performed with meticulous care as you do not want to end up with zebra stripes and orange hues. Whether you are a novice or practiced in self-tanning, here are some helpful tips you can use to make the entire process hassle-free to achieve a sun-kissed glow.

  1. Test patch

Not all skin is born equal. To get the perfect glow, it is important that the self-tanning product matches your skin tone. This should not be hard enough since most self-tanners are categorized according to skin tones. Trying on the self-tanning product becomes more relevant considering that it is not that easy to remove, more so because some ingredients in the product may cause itching and redness. Doing a test patch one to two days in advance will help you determine if you are sensitive to the product.

  1. Exfoliate (include milk and lemon mask)

If you have been wondering what causes splotching after sunless tanning, it might be because you have not exfoliated prior to the application of the product. Get the best results from your tanning product by prepping your skin through exfoliation. When you exfoliate, you remove the dead skin cells, which absorbs tanner and cause splotching. To remove a splotchy tan, one can use milk mask, which contains lactic acid that is a natural exfoliator. Adding lemon to the milk will likewise help to combat or remove streaking tans. It is also advised to use an oil-free exfoliator since oil leaves a barrier that prevents the tanner to stick evenly. Exfoliating will leave your skin smooth and radiant.

  1. Ice cubes

Ice cubes are normally part of any beauty or skincare regimen. But only few people know the benefits of ice cubes in achieving the desired natural-looking sunless tan. Just before you apply your self-tanning product, rub an ice cube over your face to seal the pores, then pat dry and apply the tanner. The ice cubes help seal the pores so the latter do not get blocked by the tanning product and bust the risk of breakouts.

  1. Best time to apply tanning product

There is no prescription as to when is the right time to apply a tanning product. However, one should be reminded that self-tanning will need some time for the product to dry and start working. This is the reason why it is best to apply tanning product before bedtime. Not only does it can leave the product overnight, but also because our body is warmer when we sleep. Experts say that while sleeping, the body becomes warm and the pores start to open, which is needed for the product to develop. Just make sure you leave at least 15 minutes between application and going to bed to avoid ruining your tan and to prevent staining your sheets.