It’s almost Spring Break and you’re headed to the Florida coast for a little R&R. You can’t wait to enjoy some warm weather but are worried about your winter skin looking too pale when you put on your swimsuit for the first time in months. You know that tanning beds are dangerous and can lead to skin cancer and outdoor tanning also has risks.
So what can you do if you want a healthy glow? Self tanner is a great and safe alternative to indoor and outdoor tanning. There are numerous self tanning products on the market that you can use to create a sun-kissed look without the risks. Self tanners come in a range of formulas from gels to creams to foams and in various shades.
The natural color of your skin should help determine the type of self tanner you buy. If you have pale skin, opt for subtle shades (look for the box that indicates fair or light skin). These shades will give you peachy-apricot coloring, rather than too orange. Bronzing when you're fair-haired and pale is all about getting a healthy glow without the color being too obvious. If you have medium or olive skin, most shades of bronzer will suit you; just choose the strength of tan you want (medium or deep).
Using self tanners can be tricky. You want to make sure you don’t end up looking like an Oompa Loompa or all splotchy and uneven.
Here’s how to create a flawless tan using self tanner:
- Cleanse and exfoliate your skin first with your favorite natural products
- Dry skin completely (drips cause streaking)
- For face and body, massage self tanner into skin in circular motions
- Use a small amount on elbows, knees, ankles, feet and hands
- Wash hands thoroughly with warm soap and water (orange palms are sure giveaway!)
- Wait 10-15 minutes until self-tanning lotion is absorbed before dressing
- To maintain tan level, repeat application after four to five days
Don’t forget that you still need to use sunscreen when heading outdoors to protect your skin from burning and skin damage.