Self-tanning creams and body lotions – either you love it or you don’t like it. Both men and women tan their face and body with self-tanner. How do you get the best result and what should you pay attention to?
From spray to self-tanning body lotion
The self-tanners have slowly become better and more natural in recent years. More and more self-tanners came onto the market in the form of creams, wipes, foams and sprays. However, the big breakthrough came in late 2006, when self-tanning body lotions and face creams for both men and women first appeared.
Self-tanners are safe and healthy
A huge advantage of self-tanners is safety. DHA is not harmful to the skin. In addition, many body lotions contain extra vitamins and moisturizing substances that ensure that your skin remains healthy and firm. Sunbathing, on the other hand, is very harmful to unprotected skin. It quickly ages the skin and increases the risk of skin cancer.
How do you achieve the best result with self-tanning body lotion?
Below you will find 10 tips to help you get the best results from your self-tanner. Whether this is a self-tanning body lotion or a traditional tan without sun:
- Scrub your skin once or twice a week. If you exfoliate your skin regularly, the tan will build up evenly. Dead skin cells are removed and your skin becomes nice and smooth. That way you prevent stains and get the best result.
- Scrub well on rough spots. While exfoliating, pay extra attention to rough spots like your elbows and knees. Here the skin is thicker and the self-tanner darkens faster, which can give an unnatural result.
- Wait a few minutes before getting dressed. Let the body lotion soak in for a while before getting dressed, because the active tanning substance works on all organic materials, including cotton!
- Avoid hairline and eyebrows. As indicated above, self-tanner is effective on all organic cells, including the cells of your hair.
- Do not swim or shower. Wait until the self-tanner has worn off (after about 6 hours). The water prevents the fabric from doing its job properly.
- Wash your hands well! Brown hands and knuckles are an unnatural and unhealthy sight. It then looks like you are ill!
- Use it before going to bed. It is best to apply self-tanners about twenty minutes before going to sleep. Some self-tanners leave a layer on the skin that can contain a strange odor. If you walk around with this all day long and your body gets warm, the fragrance can be released. Put it on before you go to sleep, take a nice shower in the morning with shower gel and the smell is already a lot less!
- Self-tanners do not protect! Self-tanner does not contain substances that protect against the sun. Also the tan you get does not protect like a real brown skin. It is just a kind of “solid make-up”. So always apply sunscreen when you get out in the sun.
- Do not use a body tanner on your face! The skin on your body is thicker than the skin on your face. That is why body tanners are a bit more intense, this gives a strange result on your face. Buy a special self-tanner for the face.
- It does not work? That’s possible – 10 to 15 percent of people have skin that does not react to the mild self-tanner DHA, because they do not have enough special proteins to support the action of this ingredient. For them it is better to use a colored day cream or to tan naturally (with sunscreen of course).