I know it might seem a bit early to be talking about self-tanning tips, but with the weather getting a tiny bit warmer, I’ve already found myself in the bare arm conundrum twice this last week alone. Not sure about you, but I feel a lot more confident while flaunting a subtle glow. There’s something about a tan which makes us feel and look better. So while I don’t agree with sun beds or tanning salons, I do agree with self-tanning. Why not take note of these self-tanning tips now so you can get a head start on your summer glow. You’ll be sitting pretty when it comes time to flaunt your skin!

Exfoliate

Of all the self-tanning tips around, perhaps the most important tip is to properly prep your skin by exfoliating. You can get the most expensive faux tan in the world but it’s not going to look attractive or natural if your skin is dull or rough. Plus, if you don’t exfoliate beforehand, you run the risk of your skin peeling a few days after you self-tan, which can lead to splotchy skin!

Test

An important tip on using self-tanner is to always do a test application about 24-48 hours before you apply it to your body. Some people might have a sensitivity to DHA, which is the colourless sugar derivative that darkens the skin, or other ingredients in the self-tanning product. The last thing you want is an allergic reaction or rash from your tan in a can! It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Go oil free

Since we’re talking about exfoliating, let’s make sure we do it right! Choose a scrub that’s gentle and won’t irritate your skin. Look for scrubs that contain spheres or beads instead of the granular type that can irritate your skin. Also, look for oil-free formulas so it doesn’t create a barrier between the self-tanner and your skin.

Pick sides

Ok, the next two tips depend on your personal preference so you can feel free to try out both and see which works best for you. There are tanning experts who moisturize before self-tanning and those who prefer to apply faux tanner to dry skin. Personally, I’ve tried both and applying tanner to dry skin, whether it’s spray or cream, seems to work better for me, but it’s totally up to you!

Moisturise

This next self-tanning tip is for the ladies who like to moisturise prior to self-tanning. If you find your skin is on the dry side after you exfoliate, then by all means you should apply a light, even layer of moisturiser to your skin and pay special attention to areas like elbows, knees and heels so you can get more even coverage. Don’t go too crazy with the moisturiser or it’ll act as a barrier like an oily scrub!

High and dry

If you opt to apply your faux glow on dry skin, choose a self-tanning formula with aloe vera or another moisturizing ingredient. You can also use a body lotion that gradually tans the skin so you get the combo of moisture and you’re getting a gradual tan. Gradual tans are a great option if you’re afraid of the oompa loompa look!

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