Common tanning mistakes & how to avoid them

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The days of lying out in the sun for hours for sun-kissed skin are long gone. Thanks to the invention of self tanning products, you can now get that same healthy glow from the comfort of your own homes. However, we’ve all heard some horror stories of when tanning goes a little awry. Lucky for you these obstacles are easily overcome with a few simple preparation tips and ideas.

Selecting the Wrong Shade

Your self tan is supposed to give your skin a natural, healthy glow. However, some people have a habit of going a little overboard and go a little too dark. The end result can be a super dark tan which can look completely unnatural.

Aim to go only a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone. Also, be sure not to apply too much tanning product to your skin. You can always add another coat, so just apply enough that can be absorbed by the skin.

Forgetting to Exfoliate

Quite naturally, dry skin will suck up any moisture it’s exposed to. This includes self tanning lotion. Unfortunately, this will likely produce a streaky or blotchy tan.

Using a water-based, gentle body scrub prior to self-tanning will remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. This will allow the self-tanning lotion to adhere directly to the skin, and provide an even complexion.

Orange Palms

When applying self-tanners, most people use their bare hands. While the tanning product will adhere to their arms and legs, it will also remain on their palms.

This can be avoided through the use of a tanning mitt. Mitts like the St.Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt will protect your hands from the tanning actives in your tanning product. However, they also enable you to apply self-tanner evenly.

Dark Under Eyes, Nose, and Mouth-Area

When it comes to self tanning, areas of the body that curve are difficult to get right. Areas around the eyes, mouth, and nose can end up looking too dark if extra care isn’t taken.

Use a lighter stroke when applying self-tanner to these areas of the body. If you’re not confident in your application abilities, then you can apply a thin layer of lotion to these areas. The lotion will prevent some of the excess tanner from adhering to the skin.

Staining Your Clothes

It is not uncommon for people to stain their clothes after a successful self tanning session. It’s easy to forget that self tanners need time to adhere to the skin, and even more time to dry completely.

Allow your tanning product to dry for around 15 to 20 minutes before you get dressed. After such a time has passed, you won’t have to worry about the solution rubbing off onto your clothes.