With the latest do-it-yourself sprays, you can go from “pretty pale” to “bronzed beauty” in just minutes.
Makeup by By Ernie McCraw
We all know the health benefits of avoiding exposure to harsh sunlight, but in the past, getting a sunless tan meant having to deal with messy creams and lotions that could leave you looking orange and streaky if not applied correctly. Another alternative — a professionally applied airbrush tan — could require frequent and often expensive trips to the salon to maintain. But now technology has advanced to offer you a third option: You can spray on your own tan in the privacy of your home, using aerosol tanning products that are faster and easier to use and produce a smoother tan than creams and lotions.
There are a couple of choices when selecting an at-home spray-on tanner. If this is the first time you have used a self tanner, an inexpensive aerosol product is a great choice. Most retail for less than $20, and allow you to experiment without making a large financial investment. Once you have mastered the technique and are looking for a higher quality product, a small airbrush system is a wonderful option.
1. Preparing the Skin
Getting a good start is the key to ending up with a great tan. Exfoliating your skin prior to applying a self tanner will help your skin tan more uniformly, because dry, flaky skin can absorb the tanner unevenly. Use a sugar scrub or exfoliating glove to help soften your elbows, knees, and ankles. Some self-tanning systems will include an exfoliating product, and it should be used before each application of the tanner...
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