Everyone enjoys having that summer glow but at what price? Tanning Beds have been known to lead to skin cancer, signs of early aging, and damaging factors. Self-tanning products have been known to be sticky, overpriced, and patchy. So what should you do?
I personally have switched to self-tanning. About three years ago I used to love tanning beds, they were so warm and relaxing and I could enjoy the results of the sun without being on a beach. Even though there were results of “tan” there were also damaging results. I have seen so many horror stories of the horrible effects of the tanning bed and I decided to get out while I could instead of me joining the ongoing increase of numbers.
Self-tanning can be a chore but when doing it for a special occasion or for an activity it can provide that boost of confidence.
- Exfoliate. Use a washcloth to exfoliate the skin prior to applying a self-tanner. Using an exfoliating product also will help remove dead skin cells. Spend a little more time exfoliating where your skin is thickest, on the elbows, knees, and ankles.
- Dry your skin. Drying your skin before you apply a self-tanner helps it go on evenly.
- Apply in sections. Apply the self-tanner in sections (such as the arms, then legs, followed by the torso). Massage the self-tanner into your skin in a circular motion.
- Wash your hands after each section. You will avoid orange-colored palms by washing your hands with soap and water after you finish applying the self-tanner to each section of your body.
- Blend at your wrists and ankles. For a natural look, you need to lightly extend the tanner from your wrists to your hands and from your ankles to your feet.
- Dilute over your joints. Dilute the self-tanner on the knees, ankles, and elbows, because these areas tend to absorb more self-tanner than the rest of the skin. To dilute, lightly rub with a damp towel or apply a thin layer of lotion on top of the self-tanner.
- Give your skin time to dry. Wait at least 10 minutes before getting dressed. For the next three hours, it is best to wear loose clothing and try to avoid sweating.
- Apply sunscreen every day. You still need to protect your skin with sunscreen.
Some of my favorite products that I have used are:
Self Tanning can be scary but finding what works best for you and for your skin type can make the situation easier. It’s all about finding what you are comfortable with and going from there.