While there are already studies that self-tanners may pose health risks as well, beauty experts are not yet ready to rule out self-tanners just yet. For now, they do agree that tanning lotions may be the safest bet compared to sun exposure, tanning beds and tanning sprays.
If you think that a bronzed-look is worth the possible risk, then here are the best ways to apply tanning lotions to make the most out of your sacrifice. These tips will help you get an even coverage and longer-lasting results.
So the lotion won’t settle on top of your dead skin cells, exfoliate first before application. The effects of the tanning lotion will last longer if it’s absorbed by your skin. You can use either a washcloth or an exfoliating product for this. Spend more time mildly scrubbing thicker areas like elbows, ankles and knees.
Dry Up First
It’s important that you dry your skin first for even coverage.
Apply in Sections
Unlike your daily lotions that you sometimes just lather up anywhere, you may have to spend more time applying tanning lotions to ensure that you’re spreading it evenly. You don’t want to look more golden in other areas, right? The trick is to apply in sections. Also, when you apply, massage it into the skin in a circular motion.
So you won’t end up with orange palms, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water after each section. Tedious, I know but might very well be worth the trouble. You never know…you just might stumble upon your prince charming in the coming days. I’m sure you don’t want to scare him off with your orange palms on the first hand shake.
For a more natural look, make sure to slightly extend application on your wrists and ankles. Blend well.
Dilute on Thicker Areas
Body parts where skin is thickest will absorb more tanning lotion so apply a thinner layer on areas like knees and elbows. You can also dilute lotion by lightly rubbing these areas with a damp towel after application.
Have Some Patience and Wait Until It Dries
The lotion will most likely dry up after 10 minutes so you can dress up after that. However, it is advisable to still wear loose clothing for the next three hours so the lotion wouldn’t stick to your clothes. Also, prevent any physical activity to avoid sweating.
After your self-tanner dries up, make sure to still apply sunscreen to protect your skin from sun exposure. Studies show that skin is more vulnerable to sunburn after self-tanning. Make sure your sunscreen is at least SPF 30, broad spectrum and water resistant. Complement your daily sunscreens with moisturizers packed with antioxidants like Argan oil. Hailed as the liquid gold, Argan oil can help protect skin from the possible threats of free radicals from tanners.