We are off to Hawaii for a wedding on Thursday. I am white as a sheet and have never used a self-tanner. Two things I learned while researching self-tanners, they are expensive and the application is important. The tan achieved with sunless tanners is much safer than a UV tan. Of course, you can opt for a professional spray tan, but if you choose to apply it yourself, the best self-tanners develop fast while giving you a realistic faux tan. Just as you typically use different moisturizers for your face and body, you should do the same with self-tanners. Let’s talk about the best self-tanners and how to apply them.
Because our skin is constantly renewing itself, the outer layer is routinely sloughed off. Consequently, the effect of a self-tanner generally lasts for about four to seven days, and it will gradually lighten as your skin sheds the dead cells. The lifetime of your sunless tan will be determined by how long your skin’s natural exfoliation process takes. Self-tanners rely on dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a sugar that safely darkens the skin. DHA reacts with the amino acids on the top layer of the skin to provide a gradual tan. which sounds like a synthetic chemical but is usually naturally derived. It sounds easy but it can be tough to stabilize. The key is to exfoliate beforehand
“Spray tanner Anna Stankiewicz of Louise O’Connor Salon in New York City, suggests sloughing dead skin with an oil-free cleanser laced with glycolic or salicylic acid. Just be sure to remove any and all residue before proceeding, so you can start off with a clean, dry, and product-free slate that’ll maximize your self-tanning results”. This is a crucial step
Read the Directions
Every product is a little different
Use a Mit or Latex Gloves to Apply
Protect your eyebrows and hairline with a light layer of moisturizer or petroleum jelly to keep them from absorbing color.
Wash Your Hands Immediately After Applying
FIVE TYPES OF SELF TANNERS
Best for beginners-lower concentrations of DHA, allowing users to gradually build color over the course of a few days.
Works best for quickly and easily covering larger areas like the torso, legs, and back.
Lotion and Cream
pros: allows you to easily spot any gaps in your initial application and to easily spot any gaps in your initial application
Soaked with the perfect amount of solution, work well for touchups
Mousse and Gel
Pros: Spreads thoroughly and dries quickly
Cons: Little Time for Error
Here are my pics after researching several articles including these. You might want to read the articles below for others that might work best for your particular circumstance
FIVE OF THE BEST SELF TANNERS
The St. Tropez is said to best mist for beginners (like me). The Coola Dry Mist is a more natural option for those with sensitive skin. The Clarins was on nearly every list (it is pricey) but it can also be used on the face and moisturizes the skin as well. The Vita Liberata Body Blur has the advantage of being quick acting if you are in a hurry. The Jergens Natural Glow is much more reasonable and favored by many. The Dr. Dennis Gross pads are great for touch-ups and first-timers.
SHOP SELF TANNERS
Don’t forget that sunscreen and protective clothing should always be used in conjunction with sunless tanners. Keep in mind that self-tanners can lower the chance of natural vitamin D synthesis by sunlight. You might also enjoy reading. Fake it to Make It from Skincancer.org. You can always opt to have a professional spray tan. Here are nine things to know before you get your first spray tan should you choose that option.
Thank you for reading The Best Self Tanners and How to Apply Them. Have you used a self-tanner? If so what are your experiences, and do you have a favorite?