Just because fall is here doesn’t mean that you need to lose that kissed by the sun, summer glow. These tips will help you to get the most out of your self tanner and will help you avoid the cancer causing rays of tanning beds.
First, find a self tanner that is a little darker than your skin tone. As your tan progresses, you can always bump up the color. Go for a straight self tanner and not a moisturizer with a bronzer. This will ensure better color and coverage.
Before applying, be sure to use a body scrub to remove any dead skin cells and promote even coverage. Here is a great recipe for a DIY Scrub
Once you are scrubbed, rinsed and dried, it is time to apply the self tanner. Dispense about a quarter sized dollop of moisturizing lotion and a quarter sized dollop of self tanner into the palm of your hand*. For lighter color, use a little more moisturizer and for darker color, a little less. Rub your hands together to mix the moisturizer and tanner. Starting from your feet and moving upward, apply the mixture to all extremities and areas you wish to give some color.
Once you have rubbed in the moisturizer, use a hair dryer on the cool setting to help set the tanner. Let the tanner set for about an hour before venturing out and about. I generally will put on light clothing while I wait for it to set. For the best color and coverage, repeat 3 to 4 days in a row until the desired color is reached.
To maintain the color, reapply every 4 days and apply moisturizer daily to keep the skin hydrated.
*To avoid tan palms, use gloves when applying tanner or use shaving cream on your palms to remove the self tanner.