Tanning-queens want glowing skin, but not the skin damage that comes with tanning in the sun for hours or inside the tanning bed. That's why we turn to self-tanning, but we all have been through fake tan fails. With the tips from experts, skin preparation and correct application of self-tanner, it is easy to self-tan at home and achieve that perfect glow that won't crack!
PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR TANNING
Take a shower: First thing you have to do is exfoliate your whole body, especially the tricky parts like knees, collar bone, hands, feet and ankles. Do not wax right before tanning, because your pores are still open and it's more possible that your tanning will go wrong. Wax at least day before tanning and exfoliate in the morning. Make sure to remove all traces of deodorant, make up and a perfume.
Moisturize: Night before you tan, use oil-free aloe Vera based moisturizer on the driest parts of your body, such as hands, elbows, knee, feet and backs of the ankles. This way you will avoid tan clinging to these parts. Use a cotton bud with a tiny amount of daily cream and place it over your eyebrows, lips and hairline to stop the tan taking here. Avoid using oil-based products few days before tanning, they leave traces on the skin which could cause streaking.
The skin on your face is more receptive then the rest of the body. To prevent irritation and breakouts on your face, mix a small amount of aloe Vera-based moisturizer with a tanning mousse. A tanning mousse is easy to apply and the color guide shows all areas you may have missed, so it's quick to work with and you should go for it if you are in doubt. It is super easy to correct and you will achieve a natural finish. However, if you want a deeper tan, you should go for lotion or spray. If you use a spray tan, remember that it will most possibly fall onto your feet as you are tanning, so there is no need to spray feet directly. This way you will avoid a darker shade than you would like. And always start tanning just above your ankles and sweep up the body upward and downward, never in circles. If your skin is dry, always use a lotion because it will deliver greater hydration and leave your skin soft.
Apply an extra layer of self-tanner inside of the thighs to make your legs look instantly slimmer with a natural shadow. To learn more about body contouring with self-tanner, read our blog post Tontouring body with self-tanner at home .
The best way to develop your tan is to sleep in it. To avoid getting your tan on the bed sheets, use Tanzee fake tan sheet protectors.
CONTROL THE DAMAGE
There are few things that can damage your fake tan and you should avoid them.
1. Chlorine will rapidly break down your tan if you swim in the pool.
2. Avoid perspiration ruining your tan. Dust some talc on the underarms and inner elbows, back of the knees and between the breasts.
3. The best time to fix mistakes is during the first 8 hours while your tan is still developing. It is much easier to correct it earlier.
4. Soles of your feet and the insides of your toes don't tan naturally. Keep the tan on the top of the feet only. To avoid going too dark on your feet, use only the remaining mousse on the mitt.
5. Clean the parts of your body where you don't want tan: eyebrows, ears, nostrils... Use baby wipe to wipe over them.
6. Don't let it crack! Fake tan usually cracks because you are lacking nourishment. Moisturize your face and body every singe day and use the shower gel that does not contain essential oils, they tend to break the tan.
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