Self Tanning 101

Monday, April 13, 2015

I feel like self tanning has a bad rap, and it is only because there is a majority that do not take the proper steps to prepping skin, application, and then the aftercare sunless tanners require.

Through out my entire college career I worked as a medical assistant at a dermatology office in Florida that specialized in skin cancer. Everyday, all day, I assisted in detecting skin cancer, treating, and removing from the oldest of people to even 20-30 somethings. Witnessing the youngest and the damage it does and destroy a persons beauty, I have taken a stand that pale is beautiful. I do everything possible to protect my skin from the sun for future skin cancer opportunities and reduce the possibilities of wrinkles. However, once spring break hits I find myself wanting a little color to avoid the "Are you sick?" questions. Here is my solution to achieving a flawless and safe tan.

Methods of Application
After many methods, and experimenting over the years I feel it is important to stress the good, the bad, and the ugly.
  • The absolute best route to take when wanting a fake tan for a big event is get a professional to do with an Air Brush! This means a person physically airbrushing you. You can wear as much or nothing at all when you get sprayed. They will have you put your hair in a shower cap and put lotion on the palms of your hands, and bottom of feet. They can control the amount that goes on, shade, and apply several coats if needed.

  • My holy grail do it at home is the St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse . It is just the right amount of color, the smell isn't horrible, it stays for at minimum 4 days and it develops in about 3 hours. I recommend purchasing the hand mit for a smooth even, streak free application. When I twist my body into a wannabe pretzel I can get most of my back. If you aren't flexible, DO NOT SWEAT IT, literally! Sweating can make the application less flawless, but have a friend help with your back or use a spatula. 

Methods to Avoid
From experience I would not recommend a spray tan booth. Mystic or anything else of that nature. I never got a fair amount of color, when I did it was uneven, and it lasted for 3 days max. Most booth's did have the option to wear hair net, and lotion to put on feet and palms of hands. If they do not, you should go to the bathroom after and wipe your hands and feet  with water so the tan doesn't develop there.

Good luck my brave bronze goddesses. Please practice safe sun!

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