Are you one of those people who likes to get a vacation glow but from the comfort of your home? Booking a plane ticket and going to your favourite destination has been a distant memory thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. But fret not, self-tanners have made their way to us. If you’ve ever tried a self-tanning product and had a negative experience because of the orange tinge that lingered around your elbows and knees, you’re not alone. Regardless of any mistakes, the sun-kissed glow you get blessed with on a tropical vacay, is the only guarantee self-tanning products can offer. Scroll down to find a list of hero products that will have you feeling like a movie star.
Self-tanning seems like one of those beauty topics that may either make or break your look. Traditionally, the method was too time-consuming, needed dedication (monthly upkeep), and just too messy. But now, the best body tanners promise to develop quickly, smell better, and keep your towels, linens, and bathroom clean – all while providing a realistic faux tan.
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and moisturisers are one of the common ingredients in sunless tanners. DHA is a sugar combined with proteins in the skin to generate melanoidins, which are brown pigments. Since the 1960s, sunless tanning has grown in popularity. While it may be tempting to aim for a natural glow rather than a fake one, damage from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can age the skin, cause burns, and even lead to skin cancer. As a result, a sunless tanner is a wise choice.
Not everyone has time to apply sunless tanner, which is reasonable considering how time-consuming it can be. This Neutrogena Micro Mist Airbrush Sunless Spray allows for an effortless and quick application without the fear of uneven application or streaking. Expect a glow to show in no time! This ultra-fine mist can be used from any angle to give you two a skin tone two shades darker than your natural skin.
This Jergens drugstore self-tanner is the best one in their outstanding self-tanner selection. This airy mousse spreads evenly for flawless color that dries in 60 seconds. It applies smoothly to soften skin while delivering streak-free colour. Pro Tip: It is best applied with a tanning mitt to allow for even colour application and typically dries quickly.
For both experts and beginners, gels are a solid pick for a streak-free application and an airbrushed finish. This product is both practical and fun to use because of its unique gel texture, which glides over the skin without leaving ugly smudges or streaks. Because the lightweight composition dries quickly, you can get dressed as soon as you finish applying it. Use it regularly for a deep, sun-kissed tan; alternatively, save it for special occasions when you need that subtle golden glow.
Comodynes Intensive Self-Tanning Wipes is a three-hour self-tanning towelette that gives a deep, even, and natural tan. With DHA and Erythrulose, two well-known self-tanning actives, these towels provide a quick and easy way to achieve a gorgeous tan. Reacting with the amino acids present in the surface layers of your skin, these actives will lend your skin a deep and natural tan a few hours after application.
Tanning lotions are an oldie but a goldie. We like them since they are simple to use and have moisturising formulations. Exfoliate before to application for best results.
When it comes to applying a self-tanner evenly, thick hair might get in the way. To ensure that you’re content with the final appearance of your tan, shave or wax your legs and arms.
Exfoliate your skin with a mild scrub before tanning. This can aid with the removal of dead skin cells and the smoothing of your skin prior to applying a sunless tan.
It’s easier to apply a self-tanner evenly if you dry your skin beforehand.
Applying the self-tanner in sections such as the arms, then legs, followed by the torso will give an even tan. In a circular motion, massage the self-tanner into your skin.
Before getting dressed, wait at least 10 to 15 minutes. It’s recommended to wear baggy clothes and prevent sweating for the next three hours.
You must still use sunscreen to protect your skin. Make sure your sunscreen has an SPF of 30 or higher, is broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB protection), and is water resistant.
After applying the self-tanner to each region of your body, wash your hands with soap and water to avoid orange-coloured palms.
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