It’s about that time of year again when we start reminiscing on how tan we used to be over the summer, longing to have that bronze glow. Our skin hasn’t felt the warmth from the sun in over 4-5 months and we are sick of looking like washed out college students. With Spring Break approaching, it is time to take action on our skin shade so we can look our best when we step out onto the beach in our cutest swimsuit. Here are some tips and tricks to getting the perfect sunless tan before actually laying out under the sun.
The beauty industry has come so far in self-tanner. With the right product, streaks and orange splotches are less of a concern than ever before. Take a shower before applying self-tanner, which can come in a variety of applications, in order to seal in moisture and exfoliate your body so that there is a smooth color. Some of the best self-tanners can be found at the drug store with brand names like Jergens and L’Oreal. If you are willing to spend a little extra on your self-tanner, St. Tropez gives excellent, natural-looking results over time. It even comes with a sponge to help you apply it efficiently.
If the responsibility of applying color to your skin by yourself is too overwhelming, put your trust in a professional or a machine. With a spray-tan, you are guaranteed to get even coverage on all parts of your body. At some tanning salons there are spray-tanning machines where all you have to do is follow the directions and stand still! Spray-tans are the quickest way to achieve a beachy glow, but they can go very wrong if not taken care of properly before and after. Make sure you exfoliate beforehand, wear loose clothing after you get your spray-tan, shower 8 hours after with lukewarm water, and moisturize.
Whether self-tanner or a spray-tan is the move for you, make sure to consider your skin type and skin sensitivity. Know the ingredients and how your skin will react. Also remember that prep and maintenance are just as crucial to getting that perfect tan as the application itself. Go get your glow on!