Now that both heat and light are resonating from the sun, the temptation to slather ourselves in baby oil in search of that bronzed glow can sometimes get in the way of what we know to be best practice for maintaining our body’s largest organ – our skin. Now, don’t get us wrong, we love us some vitamin D, what we don’t love are the risks associated to prolonged and repeated tanning sessions, or worse, sun burns! We’ll leave it to the experts to talk all about the major risks and remind you of some of the smaller ones like, wrinkles, sunspots and leather face.
With these facts in mind, we wanted to bring up a topic that in the past, has had the reputation of turning ordinary ladies into unfortunate-looking Oompa Loompas: Self-Tanners. We’re speaking from direct and personal experience when we tell you that self-tanners have come a long way in the last ten years, making them a generally fool-proof, safe and easy way to get that bronzed-goddess look, without having to worry about your Tan-Mom inspired future.
The products featured this week run the gamut of one day wash-offs, to week-long spray-on-tans. Each have their own perks and can serve as an easy way to graduate through the ranks of playing the self-tanning field.
This is our friend, Amanda.
Amanda is a stylist at M Salon and is, like we all are – busy. Plainly, sitting in the sun, waiting for a healthy looking glow, isn’t exactly an option or of interest to Amanda. We asked Amanda to volunteer for this job as she’s interested in being bronzed, but not having to sacrifice her youth-like complexion. Additionally, Amanda has been working her ass off in the last year and has lost forty pounds – a tan is like the perfect reason to celebrate some of that hard work, show a little skin, and get right into summer mode! This was Amanda’s first spray tan – and we can tell you that she loved it, and would highly recommend it. Amanda’s feedback included that:
- She loved how believable the colour was
- She loved how it camouflaged tan lines she’d gotten already this year
- The tan made her feel summer ready, and excited to show some skin
- Last but not least, Amanda knows that a tan is an instant ten pounds off of the scale – she, like every other girl on the planet, loved that too.
Some Universal Dating Advice
Exfoliate well! Self-tanner is best applied right out of the shower after a good scrub. Make sure you’re all dry and don’t moisturize-before-hand! It’s a good idea to moisturize leading up to the event, but don’t mix the two events in one sitting.
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE MAGIC GLOVE! Regardless of which self-tanner road you choose to travel down, we highly recommend that you invest in a self- tanning mitt; these mitts prevent streaks and the one handed tan!
When you’re trying to determine how much product to use, think of the application like that of lotion – you should have the feeling that all areas have been covered. Also – think of being symmetrical: if you follow the general rule of applying the same amount to right as the left, an even tan will follow!
Beware of your knees and elbows! Don’t avoid them all together, but don’t apply a fresh mitt of tanner directly to them – make them the last area that you cover so as to prevent product build up
One Day Wash Offs: the Tinder of Tanning
As with anything – it’s good to ease yourself into a new lifestyle. Starting everything all at once can be awkward. With this reality in mind, we encourage you to take advantage of some of the tinted lotions out there that give you the look and feel of a bronzed babe, without the required commitment of a sunless tanner.
Lecina’s swipes right for:
Victoria’s Secret BRONZE: Instant Bronzing Tinted Shimmer Lotion
Lecina loves this lotion because it’s fast, easy and user friendly. This lotion has a bit of sparkle in it, giving you that Cullen-like glimmer without having to commit to an eternity as blood-sucking vampire! As an added bonus, it smells great! Lecina usually applies this lotion in the morning, after her shower and carries out the rest of her routine in her knickers to give it a chance to soak into her skin before getting dressed. More often than not, she’s in a rush (mornings are hard) and she applies this lotion to her legs only as the colour isn’t so dark the top will look unbalanced from the bottom.
Libertee swipes right for:
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs: Smooth-on Perfect Legs in an Instant, Leg Make-up.
Libertee loves this option as it’s a bit more of a concentrated colour, without the sparkle. What can she say? She was always, Team Jacob. As a bit of an insider’s tip – Libertee recommends cutting the Sally Hansen leg makeup with your favorite body lotion, as it will appear less heavy and apply a bit more naturally, an especially good option if you’re in a hurry. Libertee also loves this product because it’s not a one-size-fits-all sort of bronzer as it comes in an array of tones from light to medium to dark. Last but not least, this product is water resistant and can stand up to the elements to a certain extent. . . just don’t go running around at night with this on your legs and a full moon. So many Twilight jokes!
Be your own Match.com and go on a date with yourself . . . tanner
Vita Liberta 2-3 week tan
If you’ve gotten used to playing the field with the one day flings that are bronzers, maybe it’s time to consider going all the way with yourself. . . tanner. I mean, by this point in time, they’ve shown you everything that’s great about them: they make you feel pretty, they’re easy going – and now that you’ve gotten to know them – they’re not so intimidating. If you’re going to go all the way, we’re going to need you to promise us that you will absolutely, no questions asked, 100 percent, use protection. We’re not kidding. We’re talking about: The mitt.
The mitt is magic. Period. It’s like the guy that knows how to fix your car and can make you laugh (guys, notice how we didn’t say “sing us a love song” because, well, frankly – don’t ever do that, please). It’s both functional and awesome. Primarily – the microfibers of the glove prevent “finger streaks” and ensure that you’re getting the most out of your product. Additionally, the glove itself saves you from orange hands. See – functional and awesome. Gloves can be purchased wherever you buy your higher-end self-tanner. We’re featuring the “Vita Liberta 2-3 week tan” as the one who warrants your tender love and selection. This product runs around the $65 dollar mark and lasts anywhere between 6-10 applications. We feel it is our duty to remind you that you get what you pay for as you stand there considering your $8 option at the drug store.
We love this product because it’s silky smooth and gives a natural looking glow, we promise! Long gone are the days of looking like a piece of citrus fruit, ripe for juicing, the color of this tan is bronze and beautiful. Most importantly this product isn’t dramatic; read: you won’t go from looking like the Oreo icing to the cookie in just one application. You can control the depth of the tan by the amount of times you apply it. Even better, you can actually apply this tan once every two hours, so if you’ve waited to the last minute to start the self-tanning process before a vacation, you can achieve a pretty decent look in just 4-6 hours. Long-live procrastination! If you’re going for full body coverage, we recommend either finding a self-tanning buddy that you’re comfortable hanging out topless with, or asking the one you share the bed with to give you a hand – there are worse things than rubbing self-tanner on the one you love naked.
Follow the instructions as provided, of course – but these are out ratios:
4-6 pumps per leg (3-4 for quads and hamstrings and butt, 1-2 for your shins / calves)
1 pump per arm
2 pumps for mid-section and décolletage
2-4 pumps for your back
If you’re still Plenty of Fish-ing. . .
If you can’t find a tanning buddy and you’re still Plenty of Fishing – spray tans are a great option! These too, have come a long way over the years. Like they’ll recommend to you, be sure to go with clean skin! Scrub yourself shiny in the shower and arrive to your appointment make-up and lotion free. Additionally, be prepared to leave your appointment with loose fitting clothing and if you can manage – braless, to avoid any unnecessary rubbing after you’ve been covered it the concoction. There is a certain level of liberal required for this option, as it requires you to stand relatively naked, save for a thong that looks like a surgical mask, as you tan. If you’re not quite comfortable with the nakedness in front of a relative stranger, there’s always the machine – we’re not kidding. Spray tan booths ensure an even tan and are relatively simple as far as instructions go. Seriously Ross, what was your problem?
The bonuses of this option include a guaranteed even application and the length of time the tan lasts. Although tan-lifes vary – professionally applied spray tans can last you anywhere from one to two weeks if you care for them properly. If you are considering a spray tan for a special occasion like a wedding or something of the sort, we would highly recommend you take a trial run before the big day to ensure you like the colour, the tone is right, and you’ve achieved the level of bronze you were hoping!
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