Friday, December 17, 2010

Self-Tanner 101

Hey guys!

Alright, I'm about to walk out the door to catch my plane for NYC.  Had to get one more blog in before my traveling begins :)   On to a topic that I am constantly lecturing about: tanning.  Okay, who is still baking in tanning beds despite knowing all of the negative effects?  STOP!  Ya'll, they make great self-tanning creams, lotions, and sprays that look realistic without having to go fry your body in a tanning bed.  I am Greek and Lebanese so I have naturally dark skin, but even in the winter when I feel like I want a little sun glow, I'll spray on my favorite tanner and be done!  Fact: tanning beds cause cancer, wrinkles, sun spots, skin sagging, and more.  You have one body, treat it right.  I'm done preaching (can I get an amen?). 

Let's start by choosing a self-tanner that gradually builds color.  No carrot-shockers, please!  Always exfoliate and shave before application.  Afterward, run a cotton swab between your fingers and toes to prevent color from congealing into muddy lines.

The good and the bad tan: Liz Hurley and Donatella Versace.

If you want a deeper-looking tan, do not apply moisturizer to the skin before a self-tanner.  It dilutes it and can cause spottiness. 

Do apply a spot of moisturizer to ankles, elbows, and knees before using self-tanner.  This keeps them from becoming way too dark.

After applying self-tanner, use a damp washcloth to buff knees, elbows, and ankles.  Then scrub your hands with a little white sugar.  This keeps the tanner from creating dark stains in those crinkly areas.

If you have streaks, scrub the dark areas with white sugar in the shower.  Then reapply a light new layer of self-tanner into the lighter areas by blending it with a sponge. 

Using self-tanner for an all-over glow can also help you look a few pounds lighter.  One of my favorites is Neutrogena Micro Mist! 


Wanna accentuate your muscles?  Use self-tanner to contour.  After applying a base layer, wait a few hours.  Apply a second layer along the "cut" of your natural muscles. 

Be a chest/face matchmaker.  If either area is much paler than the other, try building it up to a tonal match by applying a gradual self-tanner.

To extend the lifespan of your tan, apply baby oil before stepping out of the shower.  This locks in moisture and helps keep your skin looking golden longer.

When using self tanner, avoid body scrubs, avoid body scrubs or facial products like retin-A, Renova, glycolic acid, or alpha hydroxy.  These speed the fade-rate of your tan. 

Hot beach babe look!  Apply gold shimmer lotion over a great self tan. 

Hope this helps :)  Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Be safe! 


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