Everyone wants that summer glow without the damage that can follow. Tanning salons and the sun itself can pose a danger to your skin, but self-tanners can look streaky and artificial. Here are our tips for making a sunless tan look more natural.
Before applying a self-tanner, whether it’s spray-on or rub-on, it’s important to exfoliate your skin. Dead skin that may be invisible can stick to the tanner, causing it to look streaky. Exfoliating can help make your tan look more even. Make sure to exfoliate your knees and elbows which tend to look darker with self-tanner.
Using moisturizer after exfoliating can also impact dark spots from self-tanner. It’s important that you don’t over-moisturize. Try thinner lotions rather than thick ones which absorb slower into your skin. Thicker petroleum jelly shouldn’t be used anywhere but your nails and cuticles as well as the palms of your hands. It protects those places from collecting color and appearing orange.
Using bronzer on your face, neck and chest is so important in the summer. It elevates your glow and brings your face up a shade, which can typically be a hue lighter. Bronzers with a slight shimmer can pick up light and make your skin appear brighter.
Find your shade
Skin tones come in so many beautiful shades, so finding a bronzer that compliments your natural complexion is important–what works on your best friend might not look natural on you. Whether you have a more olive tone or pink tones, some trial and error can help you find your ideal shade. Let the color accumulate gradually; going dark overnight won’t look natural!
No matter how you achieve your perfect sunless tan, make sure you apply a moisturizer with SPF in it. No matter winter or summer, your skin is susceptible to damaging radiation from the sun, and building up SPF in the outer layers of your skin can help prevent sunburns that can age you.