5 Steps To A Perfect Faux Tan

June 21, 2011 by  
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5 Steps to a Perfect Faux Tan

By midsummer, it’s tempting to skip the sunscreen and get a tan the old-fashioned way (read: damaging from a health and aging standpoint). A far healthier option is the faux tan. These five simple steps will ensure a glowing, even tan that will leave you looking radiant — never orange.

Step 1: Exfoliate.
My preferred method is slathering up a gritty sugar scrub on my dry

skin pre-shower. If you really want to eradicate flakiness, start with a pre-scrub rubdown with a dry skin body brush.

Step 2: Remove hair.
After soaping up in the shower or bath, do a thorough job shaving your legs. The area should be as smooth as possible before you self-tan.

Step 3: Lotion up.
Apply your favorite body moisturizer — the thicker the better — to elbows, knees and heels. Skip coating your entire body; you just want to concentrate on the aforementioned areas, as skin there tends to be drier and will show up darker once self-tanner is applied if you don’t prep. The layer of lotion dilutes the product so it won’t cake and settle into dry areas of the skin.

Step 4: Tan.
Novices should use a cream or lotion self-tanner. The spray versions are good but not quite as user-friendly. Start with arms and legs, then smooth in circular motions on your chest and belly. Enlist a friend or significant other to get your back.

Step 5: Remember the backs of hands.
Leave the lid of your self-tanner open. Then wash your hands thoroughly with lots of soap and warm water to avoid orange palms. Dry your hands and use your knuckle to scoop out a tiny amount of tanner onto the back of one of your hands. Rub the backs of your hands together to evenly distribute the product.

Faux Tan

By Amber Katz for The Style Glossy

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