Fake, Don’t Bake!

You can get a “natural” glow,  even without Mr. Sun!

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Winter’s not over yet,  and as cold, sunless days drear on, many of us are longing to find solutions for sallowness. Lucky for us,  there are many options for DIY tanning. ​Of course,  it’s not the same as lying in the sand somewhere in a Caribbean paradise,  but  at least it’s no UV harm done. When sunless tanners are applied correctly,  they look completely natural for a beautifully sun-kissed glow,  sans skin damage. Read on for tips about how to apply self-tanners like a pro.

1. No Streaking Allowed!

Zebra patterns are great for accessories, but uneven streaks on the skin is a definite no-no. ​ Self tanners containe dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a chemical that temporarily stains the stratum corneum (the top-most layer of the skin). So if a self-tanner is not applied correctly to begin with, it’s hard to stop this process once it starts.  To avoid streaking, exfoliate the skin daily for 1 week before using a self-tanner.  Exfoliation rids the skin of ​dead skin and creates a smooth, even surface. Lotion-based tanners also tend to be easier on the streak-prone.

Already started a tanning streak?  A cotton ball soaked with hydrogen peroxide should do the trick and correct the streaks.

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2.  Don’t Be So Shady!

Is your tan too orange, yellow, or brown to be believable? As with hair dye,  the results of a self-tanner depends on the natural color as much as they do on the product.  To get the “perfect” shade remember to start low, and go slow.  Begin with a product that has the lowest concentration of DHA and spread application out over a period of a few days to gradually build color.

Already looking a little orange?  Gentle scrubbing removes product from the skin.

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3. Don’t Be Caught Orange-Handed

Dark palms and hands are a dead giveaway ​your glow came from Hawaiian Tropic,  and not from the Hawaiian tropics. ​Avoid this by using an easy-to-use spray on product.  If you like traditional foam or lotions,  use disposable gloves to first tan your body,  and do your hands last.

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Glow on ! Have other tips for the perfect tan?  We’d love to hear them!

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Cristal

Cristal

Online Editor, Beauty Writer at Beauty-Goodies
As a New York City-based registered nurse with backgrounds in pharmacology, medical research, medical spa aesthetics, and cosmetic dermatology, Cristal became interested in the ways people go about achieving beauty. When she's not working full-time at Cornell Medical Center or performing aesthetic treatments at a midtown NYC medical spa, she daylights as a beauty writer, and has a penchant for scoring sample sale treasures, bellydancing, playing dress-up, and of course, chatting about beauty goodies.
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