Self-Tanning Tips

June 8, 2018

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Summer means longer days, warmer weather and less clothing. That combination usually results in tanning our skin and despite decades of warning about the hazards of sun exposure, people still seek it out.  So we've got some tanning safety tips.  First on the list, avoid sun exposure. There are safer ways to mimic a suntan without the risks of developing cancer. Self-tanning products are safe and generally don’t cause irritation to the skin and have vastly improved from the streaky, cheese-puff-colored days of their past.  To make your “tan” look as natural as possible, look a product that's close to your natural skin color. If you are planning to shave or wax, do it before you apply tanner and always exfoliate with a non-oily scrub before applying tanner (oil-based will cause you the self-tanner to streak). Apply self-tanner lightly to your feet, ankles, elbows, knees, and hands first as these areas are naturally drier and absorbs more color. People with darker skin may just want to avoid those areas altogether. Start with a small amount and add more if you need it, building up your color gradually and always wash your hands with soap after you finish applying self-tanner or your palms will turn unnaturally dark. If you catch a mistake, such as a streak or splotch, you can try to exfoliate it within three hours of applying by using a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice on a wet towel.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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