Sunday, November 1, 2009

How to get a perfect self-tan at home?

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.

Many of us want to have a nice, year-around sexy tan and look like we just came back from an island vacation. However we know how dangerous is frequent sun tanning and the use of tanning beds. Not only it markedly increases the odds of getting skin cancer, but also it ages our skin like nothing else. Early wrinkles and age spots appear and do not go away.

So, sunless tan is the healthiest choice. Sunless tan in a specialty salon may cost you a fortune, and if you decide to do it on a schedule, your budget will suffer substantially.

Our goal, of course, is to achieve the best results with the minimum money spent (that's why I advocate a concept of "The Home Beauty School on a Budget"). This can only be done by perfecting self-tanning technique at home.
 Before trying self-tanning at home, though, remember: wrong technique may cost you dearly. Streaks, uneven tan, yellow or orange palms and feet-- well, we have seen all of the above on the beach while watching other people closely. You definitely don't want to be one of those victims of self-experimentation. I will take you step-by-step through the perfect self-tanning routine you can do at home (I do it almost daily in summer), spending very little money and (eventually, when you perfect all the steps) time.

To chose a self-tanning product, go to a reputable source (like Sephora.com) and read other customers' reviews. Read carefully what they say about streaks, ability to achieve even application, and the shade of the final tan (golden, orange, etc). After you make up your mind based on the reviews (or your own experience), buy separate self-tanners for face and body. Face self-tanner is usually very mild.

First, take a warm shower and exfoliate your skin wellwhile in the shower.

Make sure you wait 10 or 15 minutes between showering and applying a self-tan product. Warm water can open your pores and you may end up with a spotty look.

To prevent skin from grabbing self-tanner unevenly, always apply a light moisturizer over the entire body and face immediately before applying the self-tanning product. Pay particular attention to ankles, knees, feet, elbows and neck.

For a first-time tanner, do a patch test on a small hidden area 24 hours in advance to check your color.

When you're ready to begin, start by applying the tanner in round circular motions. (This will help you avoid streaking.) Begin with your legs so those areas can be drying as you continue. To achieve a uniform base color, apply a self-tanner three nights in a row.

Use only the residue of the product on areas of the skin that tend to absorb color fastest: knuckles, ankles, feet, elbows, knees and neck.

Baywatch stars tan everything -- including their hands. If you don't want tanned hands, apply the product wearing gloves, or scrub hands after application. Make sure you cleanse the spaces between your fingers and the area around your nails. (Or see below for the best way to tan your hands.)

To tan your hands, you want to focus on the backs of your hands and fingers, not your palms. Bend your fingers like a claw to get the product into the ridges of your knuckles. Be sure to go between fingers, and don't forget the sides. A commonly missed spot is the side of the pinky. To self-tan the rest of your hands, apply a small amount of product to the tops of both hands and rub them together up to the tips of each finger. (If your palms get tanned, apply Blue Cross white liquid cuticle remover with a terry cloth towel. Rub palms together and wash hands. Or you can also fade color with St. Tropez Self-Tan Remover.)

If you use a product that contains a bronzer, you'll see potential streaks immediately. To even out streaks, apply a light mist of water and blend the product to correct.

If you can't tell where you've applied the product and where you haven't, place yourself in a good light, look for a "sheen" on your skin and apply product where the skin is matte. You'll have that sheen for several minutes after application.

Before applying any product, put a thin layer of petroleum jelly on your eyebrows, hairline and sunspots to prevent them from darkening.

When choosing a product, look for the ingredient erythulose, which helps prevent streaking.
I will also try to find a nice Youtube video to demonstrate the process.

So long!

Svetlana

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