Tips To Getting That Safe Summer Glow Using A Self Tanner

Self tanning by Ginjo Beauty

We are in the midst of Summer, and the hottest month, August. Warmer weather also means showing a lot more skin. We don't need to remind you that exposing your skin to those scorching summer rays can be dangerous, even if you wear sunscreen. RIGHT? That’s because any darkening of the skin is a sign of sun damage. So, what are you going to do if you want the sun-kissed summer glow? Consider using a self-tanner.   

And don't worry; you won't look like you rolled around in a bag of Cheetos, so long as you plan your tan, and we are here to help with some before and after tips for that safe summer glow using a self-tanner.

Pick Your Potion

Selecting the correct type of sunless tanner is essential. First, you want to make sure that you choose one that is EWG verified. Meaning the product is free from harmful chemicals, provides full transparency of ingredients on the label (including fragrance ingredients), and follows good manufacturing practices to ensure its safety. 

Secondly, when selecting the type of sunless tanner that is best for you, choose one for your skin tone, not your desired result. 

Lastly, always do a test patch and wait 24 hours. Doing so helps to ensure the proper color and determine if you will have any reactions to it.

Body Prep For A Seamless Tan

To get that seamless tan that will stick around, you need to prep your skin. 

  • Exfoliate. Exfoliating will help to remove dead skin cells, which will give you a much smoother application. The last thing you want is to have a blotchy tan from a product adhering to that dry summer skin
  • To avoid little spots on the legs, shave 24 hours before tanning so the pores will have time to seal.
  • Make sure your skin is free of makeup, lotions, deodorants, or other products that might create a barrier to tanning.

Before The Believable Bronze

Before applying the tanner, you want to apply lotion to some areas of your skin that the product can build up and become saturated—areas like your feet, hands, and elbows. 

Do not apply the tanning product with your bare hands, as you do not want the palm of your hands to look like they belong to an Oompa Loompa. Most tanning solutions come with some form of applicator, use it. If the tanner does not come with one, use some tight non-latex gloves.

How To Apply Self-Tanner Like A Pro

Before tanning, make sure you have set aside 45 minutes for applying and perfecting your tan. To apply, you want to use upward sweeping motions to distribute the solution evenly, ensuring you have a flawless finish. To prevent any creases from having to twist or bend, you want to start from your ankles and work your way up. Apply to your arms and hands last.

Tanning Hacks And Clean Ups

Mistakes will happen; you just need to be prepared. See some of our self-tanning hacks below.

  • Have a bit too much tan in one area, use lemon to help lighten the area up.
  • Vaseline: If you do not have a lotion to apply in the areas like your elbows, knuckles, etc. you can use Vaseline instead.
  • Olive Oil. This, too, can come in handy as it can help your tan to appear more even.

Maintenance After The Tan

To avoid your tan coming off prematurely, you want to make sure that you follow these steps. Also, most self-tanners take a while for the real color to develop, so proper maintenance is essential to help you achieve the best color possible.

  • Use a talc-free powder or corn starch mixed with a powder bronzer to apply to areas in which you may sweat after the tan. The areas like your armpits, behind the knees, and under your butt cheeks. This will also prevent the tanner from transferring to your clothes.  
  • Do not wear any tight clothing, have something loose (preferably dark) to wear after, and to bed that night.
  • Avoid showering for 10 hours. 
  • First washing should be a sponge bath/wash in cool water. Hot water can ruin the tan.
  • Do not exfoliate your skin when showering. This also goes after the shower; hence you want to pat dry, not rub dry with a towel.
  • Don't exercise for 10-12 hours after tanning.

Pay Attention To The Beauty Products You Are Using

To make sure your tan is around to stay, you need to be using the right beauty products, as some products can ruin your tan. Some products to stay away from include, loofahs, anti-aging products, AHA/BHA, and mineral oil is a big one!

Moisturize, Moisturize, And Moisturize

Dry, flaky skin is not attractive and will result in uneven patches. So, drench yourself down with a lotion that does not have mineral oil in it.

Stay Away From Chlorine

You look all tan and beautifully bronzed, it is only natural to show it off in your favorite bikini. And of course, there is nothing like taking a refreshing dip in a nice cool pool or spending a beautiful day at the beach, right? Well, think again, as chlorine isn't exactly your skin or your tan’s BFF! 

So, there you go, our tips to a Tantastic tan!

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