Beauty & Confidence: Beauty & Makeup Tips
Beauty Tips 101: How to Apply Self-Tanner
By Maya Rock for Beauty & Confidence
After a long winter, youâ€™re ready to toss the extra layers. But while the spring brings longer days, you wonâ€™t get any color from the five-minute walk from your car to office. Besides, you know that spending too much time in the sun can expose you to harmful UV rays.
The solution? Self-tanners are a safer option, and you can apply them at home. Whether youâ€™re a self-tanning pro or novice, our guide will help you achieve an even golden glow without the streaks. Get ready to transform your complexion from ghostly white to a sun-kissed glow.
For the self-tanner to set in evenly, your skin should be as fresh as possible. Shave your legs and exfoliate any area that youâ€™re self-tanning, with a liquid exfoliating scrub.
Step 2: Apply self-tanner from bottom to top.
Wearing latex gloves, gently apply self-tanner onto your skin. Start at your feet and slowly move up your body to avoid awkward positions, and make sure everything goes on smoothly and evenly. Keep a box of facial tissues on hand to wipe away any excess.
Step 3: Smooth out streaks.
Areas with thinner skin — your feet, knees, elbows, wrists and ankles — are susceptible to streaking. Go over these areas carefully to ensure the tan doesnâ€™t look patchy. To avoid streaks on your palms, wipe them down with a tissue after youâ€™re finished.
Step 4: Wait and see.
You need to give the self-tanner the chance to seep in and do its thing, so avoid showering or sleeping (unless you want streaked sheets) for at least six hours afterward. To avoid getting the product on your clothes, wear a loose, old T-shirt. Once your tanner has set, be sure to moisturize each day. Keeping your skin hydrated will extend the length of that gorgeous glow.
MayaÂ RockÂ is a freelance writer and resume editor whose work has appeared inÂ Marie ClaireÂ and YourTango.com.Â She frequently contributes toÂ Beauty & Confidence.