No time to toast at the beach? If you don’t want to look pale yet stay in the city, then the best thing to do is to try a self tanning cream. This natural body care product is part of every It girl’s cheat sheet to gorgeous skin to look like she’s been lazing around in Barbados over the weekend.
However, using a self tanning cream is not as simple as slathering it on the way you would lotion. A natural body care product such as this needs some guidelines in order to achieve smooth and natural-looking results. Here are five easy tips to follow to make your epidermis look like lightly toasted latte instead of pale vanilla white:
Tip #1: Exfoliate Everywhere
You’re probably already exfoliating on a regular basis to maintain your smooth, glowing skin. Well, the same is a pre-requisite to using a self tanning cream. It is imperative that you gently scrub your skin to get rid of all the dead skin cells that, when left on the surface, can result in uneven and patchy areas. Much like you would scrape off the old paint on a wall before applying a fresh coat, exfoliating your skin prior to using this natural body care product will yield a more even “paint job”.
Tip #2: Lock In Some Moisture
Your next step is to moisturize all over your tanning area, paying extra care on areas that tend to get extra dry (ex. your heels, elbows, knees, etc.). Moisturizer helps the self tanning cream better adhere to the skin. However, ensure that you’ve given the product ample time to be absorbed otherwise this self-tanning natural body care product might end up being washed off on your next bath!
Tip #3: Slick on Some Salve
To make your results look as natural as possible, apply petroleum jelly on your eyebrows and across your hairline. Tanning the face can be tricky business if you end up tinting your hair, so this is the trick to follow to ensure that these areas remain safe from being bronzed up.
Tip #4: Cover Up With Latex Gloves
Be sure to wear latex gloves so you do not end up with Oompa-Loompa palms (orange hued palms, that is). Getting the product on your palms – which are supposed to stay several shades lighter than the majority of your body – is pretty hard to remove, especially if it gets under your nails. It might take some time getting used to applying the natural body care product with gloves, but over time you will get used to it. To do the exposed side of your hands, pat all over a little bit of tanning product with cotton pads.
Tip #5: Fine-Tune Your Work
Finally, do an inspection of your work and look for any areas that may seem to be uneven (as you might expect at times, especially if you are new to this). Armed with a buffing glove, simply rub on the area gently until some of the tanning product comes out and you have successfully evened-out the tone.
Wear dark colored clothing for the duration of the tan-drying step to prevent any color transfer, and once finished get out there and strut your stuff!