9 September 2021

EIf you want to give your skin a beautiful golden hue without worrying about how harmful the sun’s rays are to its health and youth, then self-tanning is the perfect solution!

And so that you are not afraid of getting orange-colored skin or putting orange blots on it, BeautyHack understands the intricacies of applying bronzers and tells you how to properly distribute self-tanning.

The sun in a tube: how does it work?

Self-tanning is a cosmetic product that colors the surface layers of the skin, therefore it gives it a beautiful golden or bronze tint in a matter of minutes. The main active ingredient in self-tanning products is dihydroxyacetone, which reacts with the proteins of skin keratin to form a substance such as melonoidin. It is melonoidin that gives the skin a luxurious natural tan.

If you decide to become a tanned beauty with a self-tanner, then, first of all, decide what effect you want to get. The choice of texture and formula of the product will depend on this. For example, for a delicate golden hue, products that color the skin gradually over several days are suitable. They usually look like a moisturizing body lotion containing dyes. You can apply such products every day until the skin acquires the desired shade. One of their significant advantages is that they are also gradually and delicately washed off.

Instant self-tanners appear on the skin almost immediately after application or within a few hours. Choosing such a tool, do not be mistaken with a shade. For fair-skinned women, it is better to opt for a medium-toned self-tanner and reapply it if you want a slightly more golden complexion.

There are different types of self-tanners in texture: sprays, lotions, concentrates, mousses, oils and wipes. Choose the formula that is convenient for you to use. Any self-tanner should be applied to the skin in a thin layer using a special mitten or palm. The second option is not the most convenient – the skin of the hands is colored quickly and intensively, therefore, after using a self-tanner, you will need to quickly wash your hands.

How to apply self-tanning at home?

To achieve an even and beautiful bronze tint, you only need to apply self-tanning to clean, dry skin. Even a couple of drops of water can cause uneven coloration, stains and streaks.

If you decide to use a self-tanner, prepare your skin in advance for applying it.

Take a shower, then use a body scrub or exfoliation (for the best sugar and salt body scrubs, look for here) to remove dead skin particles and make it smooth. Pay special attention to elbows, knees, and those areas where the skin is drier and coarser. After the shower, you need to thoroughly dry off and apply a moisturizer to the body – be sure to wait until the product is completely absorbed.

Now you can start applying self-tanning. To apply the product evenly without streaks, use a special mitten – it often comes with a self-tanner or you can buy it separately. Spread a little of the product on the skin, then rub it in in a circular motion. The mitten will not only help you apply a thin layer of self-tanning, but also protect your palms and hands from staining.

Apply self-tanning to your knees, elbows, ankles and feet last, after mixing it in equal proportions with a moisturizing body lotion – this will give dry areas a natural and delicate golden hue.

Precautionary measures

Be sure to test for an allergic reaction before using any self-tanner. Apply a small amount of the product to the crook of your elbow and wait a few hours. If redness, itching and other negative skin reactions do not appear, you can safely use the product.

Pay attention to the expiration date of self-tanning – even the best product can harm the skin if it is spoiled.

Of course, acne, inflammation, allergic reactions and dermatitis are contraindications to using self-tanning. Firstly, the agent will lie unevenly on the damaged skin, and, secondly, it can provoke an even greater reaction and intensification of the inflammatory process.

Also, be careful when applying self-tanning to your face – try to avoid getting the product in your eyes and additionally protect your eyebrows and eyelashes with a thick layer of moisturizer.

And if you are in a pleasant expectation of the baby and are worried that self-tanning can be harmful, and you want to become a dark-skinned beauty, then we hasten to please you. You can use self-tanning during pregnancy, but keep in mind that due to hormonal changes in the body, the color of the bronzer can appear in the most unexpected way.

If the self-tanning lays on the skin unevenly, it appears in spots and stripes, do not rush to get upset. In a cup, mix some sea salt or salt with lemon juice and apply the mixture to your skin. After five minutes, rub the stained area with a sponge made of natural loofah – the color will gradually lighten and the skin tone will even out.

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Text: Anya Sherstneva