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Get Glowing Skin this Winter with a Little Help from Self Tanner

Get Glowing Skin this Winter with a Little Help from Self Tanner

If you're like most people, winter is not your skin's friend. Aside from feeling dry and irritated, you may also struggle with pale, washed-out skin that has you piling on makeup in an effort to look a bit more lively. A better solution to the problem is self-tanner. That's right, it's not just for summer, it's great for winter, too! Self-tanner can help give your skin a radiant glow no matter how frightful the weather is.

If you have been hesitant to use self-tanning formulas because you worry about looking orange or having an uneven tan, you aren't alone, but self-tanners have come a long way. They are more advanced than ever before and can deliver a surprisingly natural, glowing look. The key is to choose the right self-tanner and to prep your skin before you use it.

Choosing the Right Formula

It's important to choose a color that isn't too dark for your skin. Sure, you want a deep bronze color that makes you look as though you've been lounging on a beach for the last six months, but that may not be the best choice. If you are fair-skinned, choose a lighter-colored formula. Self-tanning products come in lotions, sprays, mousse and liquid. Reading reviews and choosing high-quality products is one way to ensure you get what you want.

Step 1: Exfoliate  You can use a body scrub in the shower, paying close attention to feet, knees and elbows. If you are applying self-tanner to your face, then you'll want to exfoliate there too. Just be gentle on your face so you don't irritate the skin.

Prepping Skin for Self-Tanning

While the product itself is important, your pre-tanning skin treatment is just as important, perhaps even more so. Prepping your skin properly for self-tanner can make the difference between even, glowing, natural-looking skin and blotchy, orange, dry skin.

Your first step is to exfoliate. You can use a body scrub in the shower, paying close attention to feet, knees and elbows. If you are applying self-tanner to your face, then you'll want to exfoliate there too. Just be gentle on your face so you don't irritate the skin. 

After exfoliating, don't apply any oily product to your skin, as that will cause your self-tanner to streak. You will want to moisturize the skin, though. Dryness will lead to an uneven, patchy look. There are non-greasy moisturizers that are ideal for this. Another important tip is to wait until your skin is completely dry before applying. You don't want to apply when you are just out of the shower, or if you've been sweating.

Applying the Tanner

Start at the bottom and work your way up. However, be careful around problem areas like the feet and knees. A good way to deal with problem areas is to lightly "feather" the tanning lotion over these areas, rather than directly applying a glob of it on the tops of the feet, for example.

Using a mitt to apply the tanner will not only prevent your hands from getting stained, it will also help ensure even, thorough application. 

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So, if you're feeling pale and dreary this winter season, warm up your skin with some self-tanner. It will give you a lovely glow as a base for your winter makeup palette and is also ideal if you are planning a winter getaway somewhere sunny and warm! For more tips of skincare, skin treatment and products, contact Tate MediSpa today!