Summer season is quickly approaching, and for us pale folk that means an unspoken pressure or sense that you ought to be bronze or golden in tone, after all, these are the months for it. However, if you’ve done any reading or just plain existing in the world thus far, you probably already know that prolonged exposure to the sun is actually quite dangerous for you. Sitting out for hours on end to get a tan is not only putting you at risk of various cancers, but it will also greatly increase the rate at which you and your skin age. There is also the annoying risk of sunburn and heatstroke to account for. All of these downsides are the reason why self or spray tanning has become popular not only in Winter anymore, but year round.
The annoying issue with spray tans or self tanning is that they’re usually tricky to figure out if you’ve never done it before. Meanwhile if you go to a salon, things can also get a bit pricey for you. Although there are some amazing bronzing and tanning products on the market that will allow you to achieve a sun-kissed glow quite easily by yourself, getting the application down can be tricky. Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks that you can apply to make sure your spray tan looks natural and lovely, even if you’re a beginner!
Tape Your Feet
The bottoms and sides of your foot are likely to be the ugliest in the aftermath of self tan. The way the tan falls and sits in those areas is just ugly and something you do not want! You can use basic tape to cover the sides of your feet so that your tan doesn’t fall into those areas in an ugly orange pattern which will give your self tan away. Once your tan dries simply remove them and go about your life.
Fold Your Hand
If you are going to self tan your hands and want to ensure it is as even as possible, fold your hand as if you’re grabbing an apple with a claw and apply your self tan, wait for it to dry and then resume your usual hand position. You can also use a sponge to apply a more even application on these areas…kinda like how you do with your foundation. Make sure to massage the wrist and hand area very well as those are the areas where self tan will be most difficult to even out.
Blow Dry It
Use a blow-dryer on a cool setting to speed up the drying process of your tan. This quick way you minimize chance of smudging or mistakes while waiting to dry, especially if you’re impatient. Make sure the COOL setting is on.
Hard To Reach: Use A Brush
Using an oven or spray tan mitt, put the mitt onto a shower brush (the kind you wash your back with) and spray the tan onto the mitt then use that to apply the tan to hard to reach areas. This is especially handy if you’re not comfortable with having anyone help you out.
Most Importantly: Lemons!
The biggest and best tip with spray tanning is to have some lemons hanging around your house. When you wake up the morning after, if you notice any mistakes or weird lines that resulted from your self tanning, simply cut a lemon in half and rub it over the tan you’re trying to get rid of…rinse the area a bit and then rub some more til the tan is gone. Like soap, the lemon will work at removing the tan. It works instantly and helps in reducing any lines of where you removed it from or where your tan may have leaked to/turned out strange looking (wrists, feet, elbows etc).