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How to Properly Apply Self Tanning Lotion

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Many people love the look of a good suntan. You may have tried self tanning lotion in the past, only to end up with an orange tinge, stained palms or streaky ankles. With proper application, it’s easy and simple to get that sun-kissed look.

Scrub Before You Rub

Self tanning lotion has a tendency to cling to dryer skin, which will leave you looking patchy and uneven. The fix for this is simple by using an oil-free exfoliant from head to toe prior to application. An oil-based scrub will leave a residue behind that may lead to streaking, so be sure the product you use does not contain oil.

Bedtime Bronzing

The best results are achieved by waiting a complete eight hours before hitting the pool, taking a shower or even breaking a sweat. Therefore, the ideal time for bronzing with self tanning lotion is at night. Your body temperature increases, which opens your pores and allows for the formula to better penetrate. Just remember to wait at least fifteen minutes before you turn in so as not to ruin your color or your sheets.

Better with a Barrier

Naturally dry areas on your body, such as your knees, feet, hands and elbows have a tendency to take more color. Prior to bronzing, apply a thin layer of moisturizer to these spots. Blend well, taking care not to go beyond your ankles and wrists.

Mousse Master

Some self tanning lotions are available in foaming formulas, which may be better for first-timers. A quarter-size amount should be applied to the body in a circular motion. Never apply any self tanning lotion using an up and down pattern because you will create unnatural lines on your body.

Blot for No Spots

Some areas tend to get sticky, such as your cleavage, armpits and behind your knees. Before you get dressed, dust these areas with a talc-free baby powder. This will keep your skin dry and effectively prevent creases.

Minimal Application to Your Mug

When it comes to using a self tanning lotion on your face, less is more. Use a pearl-size amount and blend up to the hairline. Repeat the process in two or three days if the shade is not dark enough for you.

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