Blushing, Bronzed & Beautiful How to Get the Best At-Home Self-Tanning Results!

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 15, 2011

Bronzed and beautiful, Glowing and gorgeous, you LOVE how your skin looks with a tan. It’s that little kiss of colour that makes you look relaxed, rested, and smooth. But with our changing climate, that year-round tan is a bit of a pipe dream. We suggest you reach for a bottle of self-tanner and be your own sun-goddess! To help you get the most out of your self-tanner we’ve compiled a few simple tips that guarantee a flawless faux-tan.

Step 1. Exfoliate & Hydrate

The key to a streak-free self-tan is all in the preparation. Exfoliating prior to the application of any self-tanning product will ensure that any accumulated dead skin won’t affect the way your self-tanner absorbs. Hydration; Applying a body moisturizer after you exfoliate allows your skin to take in the big drink of water it needs to look smooth and supple. Exfoliate and hydrate at least 8-10 hours BEFORE you self-tan.

Step 2. Get Glowing

Application; If you’re doing your legs, it’s best to begin working from the ankles in an upward direction. Take some of the product and begin applying it with soft, circular sweeping movements from your ankle toward your thigh. Areas you’ll want to avoid for now are the feet, ankles and knee-caps. Follow the same directions for your arms, working from wrist to shoulder and avoiding the hands and elbows.

Step 3. Blend Baby

To blend all the areas you’ve left out so far, our favourite tip is to mix equal parts body lotion and self-tanner and to go back and gently sweep a little of the mixture over these very absorbent zones (tops of the feet, ankles, knee caps, tops of the hands and elbows).

Step 4. Wash-Up and WAIT!

Gently (but thoroughly) wash the palms of your hands and in between your fingers. What’s the most important part in ensuring a streak free tan? Patience! Wait at least 15 – 30 minutes for the self-tanner to fully absorb and dry before you dress or get into bed.

And there you have it! A perfect, streak-free tan, done at home and without requiring any specialist equipment!

Check out our list of favourites that will give you great results everytime.

Tools of the Trade; We Prep With…

Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub for a New Skin; This creamy scrub with bamboo powders gently polishes away dead skin and promotes a smoother, stronger, firmer skin.

Clarins Satin Smooth Body Lotion; Silky smooth and fast-absorbing, this light-weight non-greasy body lotion contains Sorbier Bud to make your skin glow with health.

Bronzed Goddess; We LOVE…

St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse

This light-weight and easy-to-apply mousse formula is enriched with aloe vera for conditioning. It delivers a rich bronze tan that is natural-looking and streak-free.

Clarins Delicious Self-Tanning Cream

Formulated with cocoa to give a kiss of instant colour, this formula may be more comfortable for first-time users, as you are clearly able to see where you’re putting it.

Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion

This milky lotion is great for more fair and sensitive skin-types. It contains Avene spring water to help soothe and soften the skin. The colour comes out a natural golden hue and suits all skin tones.

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