We have all heard about just how damaging the sun’s UV rays are for our skin. As a matter of fact, for 3-6 moths out of the year, most dermatologists tell us to stay out of the sun from 10am to 4pm just so that we can reduce our exposure to these damaging rays – and for a good reason. It is a well know that the sun’s rays have both UVA and UVB rays, both of which can cause premature aging and even skin cancer, two things that undoubtedly not a single one of us wants to suffer through in life.
Tanning in a tanning bed or booth is no better as our skin is still being bombarded with the very same harmful rays. So what’s the best solution? This is where self tanning steps in.
Why Self Tanning
For what ever reason, having browned skin is all the rage these days, even in the middle of winter, and pale skin is definitely “out”. For this reason, men and women every where are trying to get darker, more tanned skin. Self tanning is a safer and healthier alternative to lying out in the sun for endless hours or spending 15 minutes sitting in a tanning bed. You can choose to do the self tanning yourself with self tanning products that you can find in almost any drugstore, or you can choose to have the product applied at a spa or salon. This is usually applied by “spray tanning” the skin.
How to Extend the Life of your Self Tanner
When ever we undergo any sort of beauty treatment, we want to have it last for as long as possible. Whether you are applying the self tanner yourself, or you are spray tanning your skin, here are some tips to help extend the life of your tan:
Exfoliate Beforehand: Before you apply the spray tan to your skin, it’s important to exfoliate the skin. This will ensure that as many “new” skin cells are being tanned rather than old skin cells that will simply flake off within a couple of week’s time.
Don’t Moisturize: Even if your skin is dry, reconsider moisturizing your skin until after the self tanner has been applied and been given a chance to set. Once the self tanning process is completed, then moisturize – otherwise you risk having the moisturizer act as a “barrier” between the self tanner and your skin.
Remove your Hair: Removing hair from places on the body where you typically remove hair – such as arms and legs – will help increase the effectiveness and longevity of any tanning products.
Tie Up your Hair: Surprisingly enough, a lot of women don’t think to tie their hair up in a bun or a pony tail prior to having the tanning product applied. Make sure that you do have your hair affixed in such a way that it is not covering up any skin that you want to have tanned, such as the upper back or around your face. If necessary, hold it back with headband as well, especially if you are applying a self tanning product to your face.