Tanning

Hey Girl! You’re gonna have that skin for the rest of your life. Protect it!

Tanning is not for everyone, and I believe in avoiding the sun all together. It’s damaging, time consuming, and uncomfortable; but if this is something you believe to be important to your look, there are a couple of options to choose from.

The safest option of getting an out-of-sun glow for prom is to go with the self tanner. Gone are the days of worrying about being stained orange or streaking! Many cosmetic companies have perfected the art of self tanner as a replacement for the damaging effects of sun tanning or tanning beds. These new self tanners are more natural looking, and are far better for you than baking in the sun (real or fake).

Additionally, there are now lotions on the market that gradually tan your skin more with each application for the most natural look.

Soaking up the sun’s rays and letting nature put those melanin cells to work. If you choose to bask out in the sun please wear SPF 30, or more! I know it may slow down the tanning process, but you really can’t imagine the long term damage you may be doing to your skin. On the brighter side, a higher SPF will tan your skin more evenly with less burning. It will take longer, but your tan will be deeper and last longer.

And then there are the tanning salons. If this is your choice, be sure to find out information about the latest equipment and the potential long-term damage to your skin. Take all precautionary measures and really understand what it is you are doing. Know the facts.

Here are some tips for applying self tanning products:

  • Take some time and be sure your skin is exfoliated before you apply the tanner. Look for dry areas (especially the areas at the elbows and knees). Dry skin types darken faster and deeper than other skin types.
  • Hydrate your skin first. Dry skin spots will soak up the tanner faster and you may experience streaking.
  • Be conscious of which areas would get sun exposure. Tanning should look natural. Avoid your palms, the soles of your feet, between your fingers, and your underarms! Also use the tanner sparingly around your hairline. If it’s too thick you will look like you’re wearing a tan mask!