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5 Professional Tips for the Perfect Self-Tan

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Posted: 05/22/2012 Skin Care Essentials with , , ,

The perfect tan is possible. A tan that has even color, a healthy glow, and is streak-free. No UV rays, and no tanning bed needed. All you need is your favorite self-tanner, the right products, and some tips from the professionals:

1. SHAVE AHEAD OF TIME – 12 hours in advance (24 hrs. in advance if you’re waxing). This will ensure you avoid any sensitivities.

2. EXFOLIATE – It’s the secret to a perfect self-tan. When skin is layered with dulling dead cells, self-tanner will cling to these “invisible” clumps, and you’ll end up with blotchy, uneven color. So exfoliate your face and body prior to application for an even, streak-free tan. Start the process 2-3 days before you plan to self-tan for the best results.

  • For FACE: Use a chemical exfoliator with an alpha hydroxy acid to eliminate dead surface cells and even out rough texture. Bioelements Quick Refiner is a great choice (you can also use it on rough elbows, knees and feet!)
  • For BODY: Sweep away dry, dulling cells from neck-to-toes by dry brushing the body right before you shower. Again, focus on your elbows and feet – especially the backs of your ankles. The age-old technique of dry brushing is used by professionals in body treatments to shed cells and renew skin – it’s a great way to prep for an even self-tan. Learn how to dry brush at home in our video demo:

3. MIX IT UP – Self-tanner often looks uneven or too dark around the knees, elbows and ankles. A fool-proof way to avoid this is to mix your self-tanner with a professional formula body creme before applying.

Mix 1 part self-tanner with 1 part body creme (try Bioelements Extremely Emollient). This will ensure even, streak-free color from head-to-toe – plus, your skin will be nourished and smooth with increased moisture and antioxidants! Proper head-to-toe moisturization will keep your skin hydrated and smooth – and extend the life of your tan – so keep using it daily.

2. DON’T RUSH – Self-tanning takes time if you want to get a flawless, natural-looking, even application. So give yourself enough time – about an hour for prep, application and complete dry time.

1. NIGHTTIME IS THE RIGHT TIME – A great time to apply self-tanner is at night – you have more time to let it dry, and you don’t have to worry about it staining your everyday clothes. Just apply it and wake up to a healthy glow!

Do you self-tan at home? What self-tanner do you use? Tell me in the comments – and check back soon, I’ll do a round up of your favorites!

UPDATE (5.24.12):

We asked the same question on our Facebook page, too – and here’s the most-mentioned brands:

Jergens Natural Glow, Fake Bake, L’Oreal Sublime Self Tanning Towelettes and Tan Towels.

Barbara Salomone

Barbara Salomone

One of the first-ever licensed estheticians in the U.S., Barbara is an architect of the modern American facial. Her point-of-view is that a balance of nutrition, fitness and daily skin care is the only realistic way to great looking skin. Since launching the Bioelements line in 1991, she has trailblazed the skin care industry, incorporating nutritional supplements into topical skin care products including antioxidants, calcium, probiotics and lutein.

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Comments (8)

Cara says:
May 22, 2012

I like the sunless tanners from fake bake. I use their anti-aging facial tanner all the time to have a nice glow! :)

Dianne Hofmeister says:
May 22, 2012

Our salon guests have great results with Fake Bake Self Tanner.

Tiara says:
May 22, 2012

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning for Face and Decollete is my Favorite Tanner :)The results are amazing :)

Brittany says:
May 23, 2012

We use the Norvell Spray Tan system at the salon I work at. I love Norvell’s self tanning products(specifically the Mousse and Lotion) being a fair skinned individual they really help keep the spray tan effects longer and even. :)

Caitlin Laurette McCleave says:
May 23, 2012

I’ve never used a self-tanner before because I am a little weary of them mainly because I fear I’ll mess up bad. Hopefully Barbara’s blog will help me through this especially if I get the Bioelements Quick Refiner and Dry Brush Body Smoothing System. <3 :)

pamela says:
May 23, 2012

I like to use a couple of products from Clinique and Estee Lauder. I’ve used them over the years and I have had amazing and happy results.

Elizabeth DeHart says:
May 23, 2012

I really like Josie Maran Argan Oil self tanner!

Beth says:
Aug 25, 2012

St. Tropez self tanning products work well!

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