Self-Tanning 101

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that ONE in every THREE cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer, and according to Skin Cancer Foundation Statistics  ONE in every FIVE Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.  Having said this, I love to have a sun kissed glow.  When I’m tan my eyes look bluer, I feel healthier and more energized, and I instantly feel like i’ve lost a few LBS.  Because my sunscreen keeps getting higher and higher as the years go by, I have found a new obsession with a more healthy way to tan: Self-Tanners! Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks for Self-Tanning, whether you’re an old pro or a newbie!

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SUNSCREEN! SUNSCREEN! SUNSCREEN!

This step is so important.  I’ll admit, I am not the best about doing it in the winter (my foundation has a SPF 50 in it) but in the summer, I always put my sunscreen on.  Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist in SPF 30 is my favorite.  I have sensitive skin, and this one is light and doesn’t break me out.

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EXFOLIATE!

The first step in my self-tanning routine is exfoliation.  You need to schlep all that dry skin off, before applying the tanner.  I like to do this step the day before I’m going to self-tan.  First, I apply a scrub in the shower all over my body.  I do so with an exfoliating glove.  Both the glove I use, as well as my favorite body scrub are listed below.  After I apply the scrub in circular motions and rinse it off, I then shave my legs.  Shaving is a great exfoliator! My favorite razor is below as well.  Scrub before you shave, otherwise OUCH! It will burn!

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MOISTURIZE! 

This step is key! Once you exfoliate the day prior, make sure to moisturize your skin when you get out of the shower to keep your skin hydrated.  Right before you tan, make sure you that you take your moisturizer to cover your feet, heels, elbows, and any other spots on your body that are extra dry.  This will keep the tanner from sticking to those dry patches when applying.  You can use your normal lotion for this, and sometimes I even like to use Vaseline.  My favorite everyday lotion is listed below.

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READY, SET, TAN!

You’re now ready to apply your tan.  I prefer a foam tanner, and I use a mitt to apply in circular motions.  Most foam tanners I like to put on at night before bed and then wake up to shower the “guide tan” off.  The guide tan is there to make sure you see where you are applying the color, so you have no missed spots or streaks. It will come off once you shower to only leave your developed tan. I have used many tanners, and the ones below leave you looking like you just got back from the islands, NOT like you just dove into a bag of Cheetos! My favorite three vary in price range.  The first two are a lower budget option, and the last is more of a splurge.  I use the Jergen’s Natural Glow Instant Sun in Light Bronze, the St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse in Dark, and the St. Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse.  I like to bronze my body first, then whatever I have left on the mitt, rub on my face and the back of my hands.  I like to then take a damp washcloth or cleansing cloth and go over my palms to make sure that I get any excess off.

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Make sure you keep your skin hydrated for a longer lasting tan.  All of these usually last between 7-10 days for me before I need to reapply!

Let me know if you have any questions about my tanning routine! Stay bronzed and glowy sweet Glammies!

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