by Michelle

Genius Tan Hacks and Tips

June 20, 2017

There is a never better feeling than when you debut a fresh tan. Your confidence level is at an ultimate high and you feel like you could conquer the world.  However, every girl can also admit that along with those tan successes, she has had twice as many tan disasters. Here are some hacks and tips that will keep you feeling hot all summer long!

Pre-Tan Rules

Prior to applying self tanner, exfoliate your skin and shave.  Everything should be silky smooth so your follicles are adjusted and ready to soak in the tan.  Experts recommend eating food with high levels of lysine before applying any tanning product.  This is because foods such as kale, spinach, and avocado contain a high level of amino acids essential to achieving a great tan.

Applying Your Tan

Face

Tackling the face is always scary when applying self tanner.  However, St. Tropez has a great new product that only takes 5 to 15 minutes!  This quick bronzing sheet mask is currently all the rave.  The tanning serum is infused with Hyaluronic Acid, so you’ll be left with a hydrated glow that turns into a long-lasting tan in 8 hours.

Ears

The most common mistake made is forgetting to tan your ears.  Even though it may not seem like a big deal, it can turn an ok tan into a flawless one.  In order to apply tanner to your ears, Cosmopolitan recommends you put a small amount of product on your hand and then use a small cotton ball to apply it to your ears.  

Neck

Tanning your neck is essential in making your facial tan appear sun-kissed.  It is often forgotten because it is a hard region to tackle.  When applying product to your neck, don’t be afraid to tan the entire length; it is actually the best way to create a natural contour at the jawline.  It also erases double chin lines…which is always a win!

Hands

The number one rule of self tanner is making it look natural.  In order to accomplish this, putting tanner on your hands is critical.  Before applying product to your hands, moisturize from your wrists to your fingertips.  This ensures an even tan with no dry patches.  After, use St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mist on your arms and all over your hands for a streak free finish.  Once you are done, apply moisturizer to your wrists and use a wet wipe to clean your nails, cuticles and the palms of your hand.  

Post Spray tan

First of all, it is important to relax!  Allow the tan to soak in for at least eight hours before exposing yourself to moisture and 24 hours before showering to obtain a dark hue.  Many are nervous to sleep with their tanner on since they believe it will ruin their bed sheets, but there is a way to prevent this.  Coat your body in baby powder prior to getting in bed.  Baby powder acts as a protectant and makes your tan appear even the next morning.  Lastly, EXFOLIATE!  2-3 days after applying the tan, lightly exfoliate in order to prevent it from falling off unevenly.