Saturday, August 28, 2010

Problems With Your Self Tanners? Here’s the Solution!

You've experienced a lot horror stories involving streaking or orange palms? Self Tanners are easy to use once you have enough practice. But why is it so easy to make mistakes in using self tanners? It’s because of the active ingredient in all self-tanners called dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, this is the chemical that is responsible in tainting your skin (temporarily), once it came contact to your skin it will take effect within an hour and as soon as it starts, it’ll be hard to stop the process. So you better do good from the start to get your best tan.

Problem No. 1 Streaks
Uneven surface cause uneven tan. To avoid getting ugly streaks make sure to exfoliate your skin before using a self tanner product. This should be the number one rule in your self tanning book. Not only will you get an even skin to work on, by exfoliating and removing dead skin cells you’ll keep your fake tan longer.
Also make sure to have even application. Do circular motions when applying your self tanners, working on small areas at a time.

Problem No. 2 Brown Palms
Unless you’re going for a spray on tan or airbrush tanning, your hands will be the one to apply your self tanner all over your body. To avoid getting brown palms, you should wash your hands every so often while applying your self tanner. By washing your hand before the DHA activates in your skin you can be less prone to this problem. Wash your hand every 15 minute. Another way is to use a surgical glove, use the one that is tight so it won’t crease.
Another option is by using self tanner gloves or towels. The tanning chemical is in the gloves itself, you just need to rub them in your skin making your hands safe from over coloring. But don’t forget to rub the gloves on your hands too!

Problem No. 3 My knees and elbows turn orange.
This is normal due to the skin’s chemistry. To avoid it, make sure to apply lotion to your knees and elbows before applying the sunless tanner. After application, lightly damp some tissue and rub it gently over your elbows and knees, or by applying a little more lotion, then wiping that off.

Problem No. 4 Stinky Smell
This is a common problem. Most self tanners comes with an awful smell. And sometimes it not so easy to get rid of them. I've found that using a scented bath/shower gel is the best way to deal with this.

Problem No. 5 Staining on your clothes
Although some self tanners claims to be rub-off free, don’t risk it. Use dark clothing for at least 4 hours after applying your self tanner.

Problem No. 6 White Face
If you ever experience your tan washing off from your face, you have probably used a face cream with AHA just right before your self tanner application. That is because the active ingredient in the sunless tanner will tan the lotion, not your face. But don’t worry just don’t use your face product (with AHA) before applying your self tanner and you can use it again say after a 12 hours.

Problem No. 7 Flaking of Tan
Like mentioned above, exfoliation is very important. Also the flaking of your skin may be due to dryness, to take care of your tan and to prolong it, you must always moisturize your skin day and night. And also, drinking a lot of water nourishes the skin and will give your skin a nice healthy glow.

Problem No. 8 Orange Tan
Getting an orange tan is not your fault, it’s the product. About a few years ago, most fake tanners give this orangy tan that does not look flattering at all. But self tanners has improved and they are more natural looking than ever. Most fake tans looks even better that sun tan. So to avoid this scenario it’s best to get a good review of the product before using it, and to test it first on a small area of you skin.
Although you need to practice, using self tanners are not rocket science. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you’ll be sporting that perfect sun kissed glow all year round.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Instant Tan Surprise

What is your definition of instant? Fast, easy, ready in a few minutes, a few hours, a few days?!

In a few minutes...
The only way that you can get a tan in a few minutes is by using a bronzer, you'll tint the skin as you apply, it's make up basically. You can also instantly wash it off. It's temporary and most product rubs off on your clothes.

In a few hours...
Sunless tanners, tannings beds and sun tanning can give you the tan you desire. But remember that tanning beds and the sun emits harmful UV rays that can cause skin cancer, premature skin aging and wrinkles, elk! So I would always say fake tan gives you the best tan.

Now here's an instant tan funny story. A noob in the world of sunless tanning, my sweet pretty girlfriend grab an sunless tanner off the shelves of her favorite beauty bar. This product came with a guide bronzer to ensure even application. She applied it all over her body, carefull following the instruction on how to avoid streaks and patches. After applying the product she waited and hour and hit the shower. Of course the guide bronzer washed off. She then noticed that her tan was gone, she thought to herself, maybe she wasn't marinated enough. So she did the whole process again, this time she didn't shower and went straight to the mall to meet her friends, not minding the awfull fake tanner's scent.

At the mall a few hours later the DHA from the sunless tanners started to tint her skin. It's a bit darker than she had in mind. So when she chance a mirror she was shocked at the sight of her dark tan. Well it's not so bad that she did not wish to hide under a rock until her tan wears off but it was an experience that made her ran away from sunless tanners and preffered tanning beds.

One of these days I'll be able to convert her.

Friday, August 6, 2010

How To Remove Your Fake Tan

Experienced a sunless tanning disaster? It could look really awful and you may be so embarrassed that you want to get rid of it as soon as possible.
Well,  sunless tanning will fade off your skin even if you don't do anything about it, however it takes a few days or week before it's totally gone and your skin color is back to normal.

Although I would recommend that you just wait for it to fade, some people just doesn't have that luxury.

So here are some ways you can erase your fake tan. Note that different part of the body has different skin properties so one method may only apply to some areas and not for the whole body.

For the face and neck.
Sunless tanners does not stick very long on the face and neck. A few wash on your face with facial scrub may actually do the trick.

You may also use an alcohol free toner or a liquid make up remover to erase your sunless tan.

Another trick is to use baking soda, damn your face and scrub it with dry baking soda.

For other body parts
Soak in the tub, take a very long relaxing bath.. Don't scrub your skin vigorously although you may be attempted to do so. You may also use lemon and salt to scrub your body.

For your feet, ankles and elbows, you can scrub it with teeth whitening toothpaste.

All attempts failed
There are some product that are really hard to get off specially the ones that have darker color, for that you may want to buy a fake tan corrector such as St. Tropez Self Tan Remover

But if I were you, when someone looks at you funny because you look like a walking carrot, why not just tell them straight "Fake Tan Accident". This experience is something you'll just laugh at after a few days. :P