Memorial Day Weekend marked the unofficial start of summer and the official start of your tan, or rather, lack thereof. But it’s not your fault that winter and spring have you rocking a more pasty hue than you care to show off. Don’t give up just yet.
Given that slipping into a bathing suit is hard enough, working on your tan should be easy. In fact, it shouldn’t be work at all. Luckily, you don’t have to wait around, lounging by the pool, to get the golden glow you crave. You can still achieve a natural looking tan with a few simple steps that will save time and your skin in the long run.
1. Exfoliate. If you know that you are going to use self-tanner, start exfoliating about a week in advance. You want your skin soft, exfoliated, and ready to absorb the color. Also, avoid oil-based scrubs, because they can act as a barrier.
2. Pumice Stone. Same goes for your tootsies. Self-tanner often looks the most fake around ankles and wrists. And it tends to glob up and look splotchy around dry skin. Eliminate the problem by smoothing down the problem areas with this pumice stone.
3. Shave. If you know you’re going to lather on self-tanner, it can be helpful to shave a day, or at least 12 hours, in advance. Especially if you’re skin is sensitive. The combination of freshly shaved legs and the ingredients in self-tanner can sometimes cause an unsightly rash, which is the exact opposite look than the one you’re going for.
4. Moisturize. Apply moisturizer with the same regularity as your exfoliator. Use a water-based lotion to make sure that your skin is ready to absorb the tanning lotion and lotions with oil ingredients.
5. St. Tropez Applicator Mitt. Your hand is not a smooth surface, but you want a smooth tan. Use an applicator mitt to ensure you achieve the most natural look possible. No streaks.
6. St. Tropez Tanning Lotion. This lotion has proved to be one of the best on the market. It is infused with aloe vera and gives you the glow without the typical self-tanner smell. This means that the only person who will know your tan is fake… is you!
7. Color Corrector. Alas, it’s possible that even if you take all precautionary measures, there might be a spot or two that needs correcting. Be prepared for little whoopsies. And leave the streaking to the college kids.
8. Face Fan Towels. There’s nowhere to hide if you apply fake tanner wrong to your face. A tan towel is an excellent solution to give your countenance a little extra shine.
9. Sunglasses. Finally, no tan is complete without a perfect pair of summer sunglasses. Shades on. Tan on. Summer ready.