Lets-Talk-About-Self-TannersLet's talk about self-tanner. Now that the weather is warm and our see-through legs have come out from hibernation, it’s time to show them off in shorts, dresses, and skits.  

It’s always right around the month of March when you start to receive those wedding invites and have a mild heart attack.  You know, it’s right after the holiday months and the “I swear I’m going to start eating better” resolution in January.  

Really, it’s not as bad as we think it is.  We find a cute dress, a manicure and a pedicure, hey even a touch up on those spring highlights to warm up your face.  But what about the rest of your body? The parts that will actually be sticking out of that cute Nordstrom dress you found half off?  Now what!  Don't forget it's 2015 and you can fake just about anything,   especially your tan!

Whether you are going to the tanning salon or bringing the tanning salon home with you, here are a few things you need to help you get started with the perfect glow. 

Preparation for the tan:

  • You want to make sure you shave. There is nothing worse than getting a spray tan and having to shave off your tan with your stubble.  Not fun.
  • After your skin is nice and smooth, you want to exfoliate.  Use something that has beads in it so you can really scrub off any excess dead skin.  This will help the tan stick to your skin, resulting in a more natural look.
  • Shower beforehand. You want to make sure your skin is clean and completely dried off before your tan.  This helps prevent any streaking or harsh lines.

The Tan

  • If you are new to tanning, make sure the people at the tanning salon walk you through step by step on what to do.  We have all see the episode of Friends where Ross doesn’t turn quick enough and ends up orange.  Yeah, we don’t want that.
  • Pick out a natural color.  Nowadays, the tanning solution is clear when sprayed on your skin and it can take up to 6 hours to reach its full color.  I recommend going late at night and sleeping with your spray tan on.  This helps you get one more day out of your tan.  Don’t worry, the color does not rub off on your sheets or clothing.
  • At home self-tanners are the most simple and effective way to get a healthy glow. I recommend using a self tanner with a glove for easy application.  You can also use a daily body moisturizer with a self-tanner in it. 

After the tan:

  • After the tan, you want to make sure your skin feels about 95% dry to prevent any streaking or color transfer.
  • You want to make sure you wear loose clothing and open-toed shoes.
  • Once you are ready to shower after your self-tan, do not shave or exfoliate.  Just shower avoiding anything too harsh on your skin like soap that may strip the color.
  • Make sure to moisturize your skin daily to help prolong your tan.

A few recommendations on self-tanners

St. Tropez Self-Tanner, sttropeztan.com

Tarte Cosmetics Self-Tanner, sephora.com

Jergens Self-Tanner, jergens.com

Sally Hansen, sallyhansen.com

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