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5 tips for the perfect self-tan
5 tips for the perfect self-tan

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.

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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.

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.

4. 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.

5. 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!

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5 Professional Secrets of Dry Brushing

Bioelements Dry Brush Body Smoothing System is the 3-step professional secret to maintain smoother, softer skin at home. It combines strategic steps found in the best professional body treatments from coast to coast, combined with an age-old technique depended on for smoother, healthier-looking skin for centuries – dry brushing.

Here are the 5 secrets professionals know about dry brushing – and why you should be doing it every day:

5. Dry brushing exfoliates the dead, dulling skin cells that accumulate on your body. Sweeping off these cells renews texture, smoothes and softens.

4. It’s preventative. If you find your skin gets drier in the winter, you can help prevent that flaky, winter skin before it starts.

3. Dry brushing increases skin’s circulation, jumpstarting its renewal process.

2. Dry brushing energizes you – and it only takes a few minutes. Just gently sweep the entire body from neck to toes to feel its immediate benefits. It’s the perfect way to start the day before you jump into the shower.

1. And number 1? This one I can’t really put in words. You have to see it for yourself. It’s the change you’ll see after you dry brush your skin daily for just a few weeks.

Ditch that Itch

It wasn’t there in August, but it suddenly appears in December – the itchy, dry, flaky skin that has you scratching all season long. In fact, over 80 million Americans say their skin gets dry and itchy between the months of November and March.*

The Reason

When your skin is functioning healthy, it’s comprised of approximately 25% water. It naturally loses this water throughout the day through a process called TransEpidermal Water Loss – or TEWL. But during the winter months, when the humidity drops (and you add in forced heated air and blustery winds), TEWL increases, as the atmosphere actually pulls moisture out of your skin. When the percentage of water in your skin falls below 10%, the amount of skin-lubricating lipids in your skin decrease as well, and you begin to experience dryness, flakiness, a tight feeling – and the dreaded itchy winter skin.

The Remedy

Winter itch happens when there’s less water in the skin, and fewer lipids to lubricate and protect it. So take steps to prevent it now, and keep your skin comfortable, soft and healthy all season long.

Cleanse Gently

Use a formula that will comfort and hydrate dry skin with ultra-gentle cleansers and essential oils. Try Comfortably Clean or Vitalization Rich Intensity Body Cleanser)

Moisturize Wisely

Moisturizing Winter Itch has two objectives – immediate comfort and long term hydration. Try Extremely Emollient Daily Body Creme or Vitaliztion Rich Intensity Body Creme)

Exfoliate Dead Cells

When skin gets dry, it no longer exfoliates properly on its own, so dead cells can build up and cause dullness and flakiness. (Try the Dry Brush Body Smoothing System)

Dry Skin Professional Tips:

  • Don’t bathe in water that’s too hot – it will rob skin of moisture. Dial back the temperature to warm, not super hot.
  • Watch the clock – don’t take baths or showers that are too long. Lounging in the tub may feel relaxing, but your skin will pay the price.
  • Protect against itchy fibers. Some fabrics like wool can make skin itch even more. Avoid them or wear a soft layer in-between.
  • Be prepared for the outdoors: wrap yourself up in a scarf, gloves and other good winter wear to protect your skin from winter.
  • Use a humidifier indoors to add moisture to the air and keep skin comfortable. Aim for a moisture level inside between 40% and 50%.
  • Talk to a professional – visit a skin care professional at a Bioelements spa to address your winter skin, and all the seasonal changes you experience throughout the year.

How to Dry Brush Your Body
1. Shed
Before you step into the shower, shed dry cells and renew texture by gently dry brushing entire body from neck-to-toes. Never get brush wet – keep it dry to ensure its bristles remain firm and effective.

2. Shower
Step into the shower and cleanse skin squeaky clean with the hydrating, aromatic essential oils in Comfortably Clean.

3. Smooth
Nourish, smooth and protect with Extremely Emollient’s antioxidant rich blend that will keep skin fresh all day.

Tips to shower smart and save your skin
Skip the bath, stick to showering
You may wish to soak in the tub for ages, but it’s better for your skin to shower instead. Why? Because hot water actually dries out the skin, removing its protective natural moisture barrier layer. This happens in a hot shower, too, but it will happen more quickly in a bath, due to the skin’s full submersion in water.

Watch the clock
Shower for ten minutes max – shorter if possible. If you step out and notice that your skin is red and/or itchy – that’s a sure sign that you’ve been in for too long.

Turn down the temperature
When it’s cold outside, I know the temptation to crank up the hot water may be strong. But you may be surprised at how easy it is to adjust to warm or lukewarm water, and it will keep your skin hydrated and soft all season. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends you keep the thermostat on your water heater around 120 degrees F (49 degrees C) to prevent scalding, (it will also keep your energy bills low).

Moisturize Immediately
After showering, pat your skin dry (don’t rub) and apply a moisturizer.  Look for a product with dimethicone or shea butter, emollient ingredients that help soften, lubricate and seal in skin own moisture. (Try: Extremely Emollient or Vitalization Rich Intensity Body Creme)


The Secret to a Smoother Body

Dry brushing your skin daily is the easiest way to get smoother skin, neck-to-toes. With Bioelements Dry Brush Body Smoothing System, it takes just 3 simple steps:

1. Shed
Before you step into the shower, shed dry cells and renew texture by gently dry brushing entire body from neck-to-toes. Never get brush wet – keep it dry to ensure its bristles remain firm and effective.

2. Shower
Step into the shower and cleanse skin squeaky clean with the hydrating, aromatic essential oils in Comfortably Clean.

3. Smooth
Nourish, smooth and protect with Extremely Emollient’s antioxidant rich blend that will keep skin fresh all day.