Friday, May 10, 2013

Self-Tan Right with these Tips!

Don't be "that girl" this summer!
Self-tanner. We've all tried it; some of us with a good experience, some with a not-so-good one (Oompa
Loompas, anyone?). Self-tanning can give us a beautiful glow without the cancerous rays, when done correctly. It also helps to make muscles look more tone and skin more even. So, before you end up with embarrassing pictures that will be stuck on Facebook and Instagram for a good long time, be sure to check out our tips for a great self-tan!

Self-Tan Last: Make your self-tan the very last thing you do. If you get a manicure and then self-tan, the color could penetrate into your polish. If you didn't shave, you could shave some of the color right off when you go to do it next.

Work from the Bottom Up: Apply self tanner a teaspoon at a time in circular motions. By starting at your ankles and then moving up towards your shoulders, you will avoid bending over once the tanner has already been applied. Bending over after application can cause funny lines where your skin overlaps.

Double Time: Give yourself extra time to let the tanner dry. If the label says to let dry for five minutes, give it ten just to be safe. When finished, rub baby powder all over your body to avoid transferring the tanner to your clothes or bedding. Avoid showering or sweating for 6-8 hours after application.

Face Time: When applying to your face, remember: "less is more." Start with a dime sized amount and apply where the sun naturally catches your face. This is the forehead, the apples of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose and the tip of your chin. Once spread across those areas, feather it out, lightly, to the rest of your face, moving into the hairline and across the jawbone.

Exfoliate: Self-tanners love dry skin and dry skin loves self-tanners! They drink the tanner right up! So, before applying self-tanner, be sure to exfoliate all of your skin to take care of all rough/ dry patches. Knees, elbows, ankles and heels are the major problem spots. Avoid exfoliants that are oil based as they may leave behind oils that will cause streaks in your self tanner.

And that about wraps it up, Barbizon of Akron! Our top five tips to obtaining a healthy, natural looking tan without the skin damaging rays. Have more tips you'd like to add? Leave a comment on our Facebook page by clicking here!