WANT A SUN-KISSED GLOW...WITHOUT THE RISK OF SKIN CANCER?
As someone that has super fair skin, I've tried to avoid long periods of sun-exposure from a young age. Once I got older, I thought that trying a tanning bed would be a good option. Thankfully, I started to do some research on the damage that could result due to continual tanning bed usage...and I didn't like what it was doing to my skin either :/
I made the choice from that point forward that I would stick with safer alternatives that didn't pose the risk of skin cancer and the signs of aging. I'm so glad that I made that decision as I have seen over the past few years, some very sad stories of young women who ended up having long-term effects from the constant usage of tanning beds- sometimes even losing their lives. I'd rather be "pale" than have skin cancer- even the risk of it sounds beyond unappealing!
Fortunately though, I'm not stuck- there ARE decent options out there that will still allow you to have that beautiful sun-kissed glow and still look fabulous for the upcoming season :) Make sure to check out The Beauty Closet's 7 simple self-tanner tips below and the recommended product from Australian Gold too!
THE BEAUTY CLOSET'S 7 SIMPLE SELF-TANNER TIPS:
- Start with prepping your skin properly! Avoid a long-hot shower if possible, as these tend to dry out your skin and NOT hydrate. Use an exfoliating and moisturizing body soap to help soften and smooth skin.
- Exfoliate! This is KEY to getting great results with a self-tanner. Try using a body scrub on rougher areas like the knees, ankles, and elbows & use an exfoliator over the entire area that the product will be applied.
- Don't forget to moisturize and utilize a lotion that is oil-free if you can. I've found that moisturizers containing oil & hydrating oils don't make for a great "canvas" for the self-tanner to evenly penetrate your skin.
- When it comes to self-tanner, less = more! Start with 1 even & light layer and go easy on areas such as your knees, wrists, elbows, & ankles. Once 24 hours have passed and you've had the opportunity to shower since application, you can get a more accurate picture of the end results/shade/color and then adjust accordingly by applying another layer.
- Remember your hands! It's easy to forget this, but hands can become easily stained with self-tanner application. You can avoid this by using a glove or application mitt that's designed specifically for putting on self-tanning products. The alternative is to use your hands and apply a cream or lotion that's made for applying self-tanner and will keep the product from absorbing into your hand.
- Want to avoid streaking? Stick with a product that's thicker/creamier and is lightly tinted so that you can see where the product has been applied; this will allow for you to apply evenly and with no streaks :) If you do manage to make a mistake and it's too late- which it usually is almost as soon as you apply the product, you can use a freshly cut lemon and rub onto the area for up to 2 minutes.
- Don't want self-tanner to rub off on your clothes or sheets? Ensure that the product is properly dry, even taking a bit longer than the instructions suggest. Take a good shower after 24 hrs of application and lightly dust on baby or talcum powder on your skin before going to bed or putting on clothing.
THE BEAUTY CLOSET RECOMMENDS:
Self Tanning Lotion
I've tried many self-tanning products out there and this is one I always end up coming back to. One of the biggest reasons is for its affordability and the great scent. There are times when these types of products can have an odd or unpleasant smell, yet this product is actually pleasant to put on. It absorbs well into the skin and gives me a natural-looking tan that isn't overdoing it or leaving me "orange"!
I've used much more expensive products and gotten results that weren't near as nice as with this Self Tanning Lotion from Australian Gold. It won't cause your skin to break out and doesn't leave it feeling greasy. Overall, this is a well-rounded and inexpensive self-tanning option that I would recommend for most skin types and ALL ages :)
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