Sunless tanners are a fantastic alternative to tanning in the sun or a tanning bed. As we know about the dangers of UVA and UVB rays to the skin, and the fact that they cause cancer, we also know that sun has an aging effect on the skin. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to walk around pasty or pale. While pale skin can be beautiful, a nice glow can hide skin imperfections and make you feel like showing off your legs.
Applying sunless tanner can be tricky. Sunless tanners come in various forms, including lotion, gel, mousse and spray. Not every self tanner will work for every person. For example, if you have dry skin, choose a self tanner that is lotion or cream based. Sprays and gels can be drying. Also, those with very pale skin should use self tanner that is lighter and geared towards lighter skin. If you have pale skin and choose a sunless tanner that is for darker skin, you run the risk of turning orange!
Even if you apply self tanner meticulously, there still may be streaks, missed spots, unflattering color and dark patches. Fixing self tanning mistakes is relatively easy. Before you apply self tanner, try to have the supplies ready to fix any mistakes.
Streaks and Blotches
One way to fix streaks or blotches of self tanner on the skin is to scrub the area with an exfoliating body scrub and a soft washcloth.
Start with a wet washcloth. Squeeze out a copious amount of the body scrub onto the washcloth. Scrub the streaks or blotches with the washcloth, moving in circles. This may remove the tan entirely in the area, or just blend the color in with the rest of your skin. It just depends on the particular self tanner that you used.
If your sunless tanner is not tinted, you are more likely to have missed spots after application. For a quick fix, use a bronzer that is designed for the skin on your body. Rub the bronzer all over the area, not just the missed spot. That way, it doesn’t stand out on your skin. Another option, that won’t take affect right away, is to apply sunless tanner to the missed spot using a cotton ball.
If the color of the sunless tan is unflattering, either too dark or too orange, you will have to remove the tan in its entirety. The best way to remove self tanner, with minimal effort, use a commercial sunless tan remover. Keep this on hand for any time that you use self tanner, just in case.
Don’t let the possibility of minor mistakes deter you from using self tanner. It’s still an excellent way to enhance your look in a safe and easy way.