If you want to get brown without having to expose yourself to the sun and therefore to the harmful UVA rays that harm the skin so much, without a doubt the solution to your problem is a self-tanner. Although there are many myths about self-tanner, such as orange-toned skin or unsightly stripes, there is nothing to worry about if you follow the right steps for its application, and of course, if you use a quality self-tanner.
Learn how to get an even and natural tan with this small guide that we have prepared for you to apply a self-tanner.
1 Choose the self-tanner
There are many types of self-tanners on the market: progressive ones are those that darken the skin little by little, usually in a few days or weeks; instantaneous are those that act immediately on contact with the skin.
Both progressive and instant bronzers can be applied as many times as needed to achieve the desired skin tone. There are self-tanners designed for brown, intermediate and light skin. If you need it you can acquire a specific one for the face but always taking into account that it does not disappear much from the color of the bronzer that you use in the body.
The presentation of the bronzers can be in cream, spray, wipes, gels, mousse or foams.
The cream bronzer is characterized by its soft and unctuous texture, easy to spread throughout the body, and which also usually incorporates moisturizer in its composition, double benefit and savings. Golden Skin from Dove, Holiday Skin from Johnson’s or Nutridoré from L’oreal are some of the best brands of self-tanners in cream that you will find in the market.
They are the easiest to apply, just squeeze the spray to spread the self-tanner on the body. They leave a bright and durable finish and some incorporate essential oils and extracts such as coconut or mango which gives them a delicious smell. However, you have to be careful not to go over the amount since the body areas could be uneven.
Choose those bronzers that are moisturizers, that is, that carry cream in their composition.
The most popular spray self-tanners are: Nivea Sun, St. Tropez and Minesol Bronze by Roc.
Recently appeared on the market, it stands out for its light texture and that is absorbed without a trace providing a perfect skin tone. Most are instant effect like St. Morriz Tanning Mousse.
2 The necessary tools
In addition to the self-tanner you will need: prepare your bathroom by covering it with a large fabric or plastic to avoid stains and the tools that you will need and that are:
– A pair of gloves: they are essential to not stain your hands. If you prefer not to use them, make sure you clean your hands regularly throughout the process since the palms of the hand do not tan.
– Soap to clean your hands if you do not have gloves.
– A bowl with water and one with lemon juice to clean the areas that have not been uniform or darker.
– A roller or a long spatula that allows you to reach the back area to spread the product well.
– A tool to depilate the skin and leave it without hair; you can also go to a beauty center beforehand.
3 Exfoliates the skin
Exfoliating the skin before the application of the bronzer is one of the most important steps if you want to achieve a luminous, durable finish and the desired tone. The reason is simple: by exfoliating the skin we expose the new layer of the dermis that will last much longer and the tan will be better fixed. Before exfoliating make sure you no longer have visible hair.
Insist on areas that tend to accumulate more dead cells, such as the legs and arms. Exfoliate the face with a product specifically designed for this area to avoid irritation.
Do not forget to review the elbows and knees; if you do not exfoliate them well the tan will be seen more in these areas than in others for the simple fact that they darken more than other parts of our anatomy (the same happens when you expose yourself to the sun).
The armpits and soles of the feet can also be exfoliated although the self-tanner is not applied there.
After exfoliation give yourself a generous layer of cream and wait until it is absorbed.
Dry the skin well so that the remains of moisture do not spoil the evenly matched application in all areas.
4 Apply the self-tanner
If you want to apply the self-tanner correctly follow these two golden rules: apply with circular movements and always from the bottom up.
If you have chosen the spray self-tanner spray the spray at the indicated distance and the stipulated time; you can find the instructions inside the box where the self-tanner comes.
Start with your ankles making sure that the sides of your feet do not stain. Climb up the thighs until you reach the gut and then the chest, back (remember the roller or spatula) and arms. You do not have to put self-tanner on your forearms but if you apply it unintentionally pass after finishing the process a suve sponge moistened with lemon juice.
The face is a delicate area to apply the self-breaker and you will have to be careful. It extends from the nose to the cheeks and then passes through the chin and forehead. Smear a drop of cream on your eyebrows if you don’t want them to stain. Do not smear much under the nose as it is a greasy area and tends to get dark easily.
Don’t forget to apply some product on your neck and behind your ears; if you make a ponytail and you have not dyed these parts immediately you would notice the difference in tone.
Mix some moisturizer with the bronzer and apply the lotion to the areas where you are not supposed to tan: feet, sides of the feet, elbows, wrists and knees. In this way you will achieve that the tan is not artificial due to the high contrast between white and darkened skin.
When you’re done, wash your hands thoroughly and wait for the self-tanner to dry. If it is of immediate effect you can repeat the process after 9 hours if it seems that the skin has not been the right color. For those with a progressive effect you will have to wait until you see the results to be able to repeat the application, usually about 2 days.
5 Final steps
After applying the self-tanner you need it to dry well. That is why we recommend you to be at least 1 hour and a half without dressing, and if you need it urgently that you opt for steamy clothes that do not stick to the body.
Try not to touch anything or sit at this time, do activities that allow you to stand until the drying process is finished.
If you want the tanner to last longer, it intensely moisturizes your skin every day and keeps it moistened. It is better to pass with the cream that the skin becomes dry.
After a week or so (depending on the particular characteristics of each brand of self-tanner) the tan will go away. Renew as soon as you see the first signs, it is best to repeat the whole process from scratch than to fix the bleached areas since we return to the same, there would be a golden unevenness.
As you can see the process of self-tanning in the comfort of your home is not difficult if you follow the steps indicated. You just have to choose the type of bronzer that you like the most and try to exfoliate and moisturize all areas of the body well. Whether you are blonde or brunette.