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By now you should be more than aware that any tan you get naturally is sun damage, but for many the lure of a deep, golden and figure flattering tan is too great an opportunity to pass up, especially during the summer season or when you’re on vacation.
The simple truth is, it makes a lot of sense to get a spray tan or use self-tanner before succumbing to temptation and the sun’s damaging rays. Katherine Goldman, celebrity esthetician/waxologist and owner of the Stript Wax Bar says, â€œWith a spray tan, you end up with the beautiful looking skin you want, but you avoid the pitfalls and risks that come with other tanning routes. Itâ€™s the best route to take to look great for the summer.â€ At BITB, we couldn’t agree more!
It’s important to note that self-tanning or spray tanning will not prevent you from getting a sunburn — You’ll still need to use sun protection for that. What a faux tan will do though, is prevent you from wanting to get any color from the sun.
A fake bake will help you avoid an uncomfortable, unsightly and unhealthy sunburn which will:
- help you prevent skin cancer.
- help you prevent premature aging of the skin.
- help camouflage blemishes, scars, spider veins and uneven skin tone.
- help do away with tan lines.
- help you wear less makeup. A natural-looking golden glow trumps foundation any day.
If you opt for a spray tan:
- Be prepared to bare a little or a lot. You can wear your own bathing suit, your own underwear or the on-hand disposable panties but if you don’t want any tan lines you’ll want to go nude.
- Before your appointment you should lightly exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub or exfoliating gloves, as well as shave and arrive deodorant free.
If you opt for self-tanner:
- Prep skin with a mild exfoliant to slough away dead skin cells.
- Give yourself a good view with full-length mirrors when applying. You need to see exactly where you’re applying it.
- Use less in thicker-skinned areas like your knees, elbows, ankles and hands and blend, blend, blend. It’s easier to add more than to lighten too dark areas.
- When done, wash your hands with warm soapy water, being extra mindful of your palms and fingernail areas. Latex gloves or a tanning mitt can help you avoid the stained palms syndrome.
- Moisturize daily for long-lasting results.
You can and should expect perfect results with an in-salon spray tan but you’ll still get great results if youÂ opt to do it yourself. In recent years, self-tanners have come a long wayÂ babyÂ and there areÂ numerous methods to choose from. TryÂ the ease of an in-shower application, the even application of a non-aerosol mist or a self-tanner that includes skincare benefits:
St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion ($25) makes it easy for you to get a golden glow in just 3 minutes while you’re in the shower. For best results,Â after cleansing with warm water and while skin is still wet, apply the self-tanning/moisturizing lotion in circular motions for even coverage. After 3 minutes rinse off with warm water. Use this product daily for three consecutive days to build up to a gradual tan and feel free to leave the lotion on for up to five minutes if you prefer a deeper tan.Â It works well on allÂ skin tones to deliver aÂ natural-looking tan sans streaking. Available in Light and Medium.
Hampton SunÂ Sunless Tanning Mist ($36) sprays on Â completely clear, goes on evenly and dries in minutes for a seamless, gorgeous tan withoutÂ having to rub it in. Use this non-aerosol mist for a tan that develops in just a few hours. It includes aloe vera, witch hazel and red raspberry extract to smooth, nourish and hydrate, plus a light, fresh fragrance you’re sure to love.
James Read Bronzing Mousse ($36) can be used on the face and body. It’s also formulated with skincare ingredients like co-enzyme Q10 and amaranth protein antioxidant protection and added moisture.Â Blend well and allow product to dry for about a minute. Though your color will develop in three to five hours, for best results avoid water for eight hours.
NOTE: St. Tropez and Hampton Sun products were sent for review.Â James Read was tested in store.Â Opinions are my own.Â