More on Skin Health

Achieving that healthy glow during the summer months can be achieved much faster than by sitting out by a pool or in your backyard in the sun for hours.  Self-tanner is a much healthier way to get this look, and isn’t nearly as difficult as you may think it is.  There are a few steps involved in this process that should be followed to get the most even and natural coverage possible.

The first thing you should do is take the time to exfoliate your skin.  There are many body washes and products available on the market that have the necessary ingredients that will help to rid your skin of the dead cells.  Doing this will give your body a head start on a healthy glow, and will help the tanner adhere more easily as well.  There really isn’t any kind of self-tanner that will adhere to wet skin, so take the time to get your body as dry as possible.

Applying it in small sections and washing your hands in between each section will make sure that you get the even coverage you are looking for while also preventing your palms from turning orange; a dead giveaway that your tan is an application.  You should also take care when applying the tanner on your joints and on your feet and hands.  Areas like your knees and elbows are known to absorb more tanner than other areas of your body, and unless you dilute it, they will be much darker than the rest of your skin.  Diluting it takes nothing more than blotting the recently applied area with a towel, or putting a lotion on top before it dries.  You also need to carefully blend from your wrists onto your hands and ankles onto your feet so that you get a smooth, even color all over and don’t have any unsightly tan lines.

After you get the color and evenness that you are looking for, you need to let the tanner dry completely.  Read the directions on the bottle to see how much time they recommend, but the general rule is ten minutes to soak in and dry, then refrain from wearing loose clothing or getting wet for the next three to four hours.  To ensure that your tan lasts as long as possible, and to protect your skin from skin cancer, it is essential that you wear a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen whenever you plan on being in the sun.