Summer is officially here which means it is time to open our summer wardrobes and bring out those sundresses and sandals to show off our most important summer accessory, ‘a beautiful golden tan.’ It’s very important to know how to build a gorgeous, bronze tan instead of burning your skin, which can be very painful and unflattering. But first, you need to understand the type of skin that you have. Is it sensitive and easily burned or can it stand high heats? Answering this question will help guide you to what kind of products are best for you.
The first and most important product you will need is a sunscreen that protects your skin from both UVA and UVB lights. UVA light turns your skin into bronze but also leads to wrinkles in the future if you don’t protect your skin in the right way. UVB is the reddening ray that tends to burn your skin. Once you apply your SPF, you can then apply the tanning oil of your choice. Applying tanning oil with no protection will attract the sunrays to your skin, which will give you a nice color, but will also do so much damage to your skin in the long run.
If you have sensitive skin that is prone to sun burns, spray tanning is also a great option that can give you amazing results. There are so many places that offer spray tans, so find a place that you trust and make sure that they use high quality
products that won’t irritate your skin in anyway. Before going to your spray tan, it’
s really important to prep your skin. Exfoliate exfoliate exfoliate! Using exfoliating gloves is a good way to get rid of any excess dry skin that you may have, which will make the spray tan go on much more evenly and smoothly and you won’t get those annoying patches that we all hate.
Also, make sure you have an idea of how dark you want to be and discuss the shade you want with your beautician so that you don’t end up with a shade that you’re unhappy with. My recommendation is to get the spray tan done at night because you can’t touch or wash your skin for 6-8 hours, so it’s easier to sleep right after and then shower it off the next morning. Another option is to self-tan at home. This is great if you’re on a budget or you want something quick and don’t have the time to go out and get tanned in the sun or get a professional spray tan.
There are a lot of different products in the market that you can use at home. It’s important to make sure you find the right one for your skin type. The same applies with self-tanning and spray tanning, always make sure to exfoliate beforehand. An important tip is to make sure that your exfoliator doesn’t contain any oil because using any oily products before applying a fake tan will completely ruin it and leave your skin with patchy results.
If you do happen to end up with a streaky, patchy tan or turn yourself orange, don’t worry, there is a solution. Immediately get into a hot shower or steam room and use a wet cloth and a coin sized amount of baking soda mixed with water to scrub away your tan. It’s all about choosing what’s best for you, so be kind to your skin this summer and get your tan on without damaging your skin.
By Real Fouz