The Only Safe Tan: Tips to Achieve a Perfect Faux Tan

self tanningA golden tan is the perfect summer accessory. But devoting yourself to achieving that enviable glow is both time consuming and damaging to your skin. At The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction, we prefer to use the healthy alternative to sunbathing—faux tanning.

Applying sunless tanner can seem very daunting, but it’s as easy as four simple steps.

1. Exfoliate

Many women fear sunless tanner because it can streak and leave orange patches when applied incorrectly. Proper exfoliation prior to application will help smooth the skin and prepare it to accept the tanner evenly.

2. Moisturize

Another reason sunless tanner can appear fake is due to improper moisturization beforehand. Dry skin, especially on your elbows and knees, will absorb more tanner than the rest of your skin, so be sure to moisturize those areas well.

3. Use Gloves

To avoid ending up with bright orange palms, wear thin, tight-fitting rubber or latex gloves during the application process. After you have tanned the rest of your body, place a small amount on the backs of your hands, and rub them together before briefly interlacing your fingers.

4. Buff

If you see any spots that are drying slightly darker than the rest of your skin, take a cotton pad and gently buff the offending area—it will help blend your tan more evenly.

These simple tips will help you to achieve that perfect summer glow—without the damaging effects of the sun! Flaunt those faux tans with confidence, ladies.