This summer, the goal is to look bronzed with a beautiful glow, but without the sun’s help. I have learned so much about the link of premature aging and damage that I think I am ready to go out in a suit that covers me from head to toe.
Unfortunately, since that is unrealistic, and I don’t want to sweat during the whole summer, I have to find plan B. That plan is self tanners. The problem is, most of the self tanners I have encountered wash off completely the first time I shower. I am over that. So here is how to keep your tan lasting at least a week.
Buff that body – Soak in a hot bath for at least 5 minutes. Take a bath mitt, or exfoliator brush and scrub the dead skin cells from head to toe. Focus on the areas that tend to streak, elbows, knees, ankles. Towel off and then apply tanner.
Shower rule – Wait 8 hours before you shower after you have applied the tanner. For the next week, avoid hot baths, chlorine and salt water that can strip your color off.
Lay it on – Apply a deep hydrating lotion twice a day to fight fading. A good one I love is Jergens Overnight Repair Nightly Restoring Moisturizer.
Shaving – When it is time to shave again, make sure to use more than water or soap to shave. Pick a nourishing non-foaming cream, preferably with shea butter. A good pick is EOS Ultra-moisturizing shave cream.
Tanners we are loving:
For a gradual, natural glow try, Jergens Natural Glow. The color is natural, and gradual (takes a few days of application to get color,) but it does last a long time.
For immediate color (within a few hours,) neutral scent, and has been picked as the #1 tanner at drugstore.com for 10 years try Bain de Soleil Mega Tan.
For face, the best that I have used, and my friends approve is Fake Bake Face Anti-Aging Tanning Lotion. It is anti-aging and is great for not breaking you out. I stayed away from tanners on my face for that exact reason, and this has been perfect for keeping my skin bronzed and clear.