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The Hazards of Self Tanning And How To Do It Right

It has not been much of a spring for us living in the New York area. Its been mostly cold and wet but now the summer is here and the sun is bound to shine. However many body parts have been sheltered from the sun and their vampiric luminous paleness is sure to shock.

Faux tans are a quick solution and can save your skin from the sun and give you a “healthy” glow. But be warned that if not done right you’ll look like a streak-y mess and your palms will look super dark. Here is how to do it right.

Self Tan Disasters Can Be Avoided

Tan disasters can be avoided and you can get your glow-on by following these simple steps.
Step One

According to you’ll need to do everything first.
“If you need to get a wax or a manicure, touch up your hair color, or shave your legs, do it before applying any self-tanner. ‘All of those treatments can remove self-tanner,’ says spray tanner Anna Stankiewicz of Louise O’Connor Salon in New York City.” [Not an endorsement]

Step Two

You’ll need to make sure that you exfoliate as this will remove flaky, coarse or rough part of your body. Please focus on your knees, elbows, ankles and heels. If you don’t, the self-tanner will sink into dry skin, leaving dark patches that look entirely unnatural. Use a body scrub that has NO natural oils as this could leave a residue and can cause streaks. And lastly, never use the body scrub on your face.

For your face, use a gentle exfoliant or Clarisonic brush to remove dead, dull skin.

Step Three

Dry off very well before you start and dab moisturizer where you need it in order to soften rough skin. Don’t over do it.

Step Four

Whether you pick a mousse or spray you’ll want to make sure that you pick for your skin tone. You don’t want to commit a self tanning sin by wanting a color that your skin just won’t reflect properly. I recall Rob Lowe standing beside Julianne Moore at the Golden Globes, he looked orange in comparison to her alabaster beauty.

Step Five

Start at the bottom and work your way up. I prefer using gloves if you chose a mousse as this will prevent you from getting “dirty palms”. Work it in circular motions and use a dime size amount. Leave your hands and arms for last.

Step Six

Take it easy on your face and start with your forehead, cheeks, bridge of your nose and chin. This is because this is where you tan naturally and you’ll want to blend out as you go.


Be extra careful with any area on face and body that is drier in general than others as they tend to pick up more color. Wash your hands immediately as you finish.

A faux tan can be the finishing touch and can make you positively luminous before you head out on the town or your first appearance at the beach.

I look forward to seeing you at the salon where you will be dazzled by how great your skin looks.

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