Tanning Problem Areas and How to Avoid Them
There are certain tips and tricks that you can use to get the best self tan. Problems such as those hard to reach areas, the folds of skin, uneven coloration and so forth can mean a less than perfect tan. So first pick a good quality sunless tanning lotion and then follow some of these tips for the best results:
Difficult to reach areas
The best self tan is also a smooth and even, all-over tan. The problem is areas such as the middle of the back, between the shoulder blades etc. It may be a good idea to have a partner or friend help out with the application. If that isn’t possible, get a good quality self tanning applicator mitt, with extra reach to help with those problem spots.
One problem area is near the hair line, particularly for blond and light haired people. A sunless tanning lotion can discolor hair if used improperly. To prevent this problem, apply a thin line of moisturizer along the hair line and be extra careful with the mitt.
Then there are areas such as the elbows, knees, ankles and hands where the tan may show up darker or patchy. This is because the skin is rougher here and because these are joints that are constantly moving. So be particularly careful about exfoliating and moisturizing these areas before application. Also remember to moisturize skin regularly after application of the product so that your tan lasts longer – it will wear off quicker from dry skin.
Some of us tend to have dry skin that is exacerbated by self tanners, whereas some of us have oily skin or combination skin which can also be irritated by some products. So be sure to pick the best self tan product for your skin type. Use a wash off DHA free wash off product if you have allergy prone or highly sensitive skin. Similarly, if you have problematic or oily or dry skin, pick products that are specially formulated for your skin type.
Applying a sunless tanning lotion can require a bit of practice and you may need a bit of trial and error to see what works best for you. Many experts recommend using a damp makeup sponge in smooth circular motions to avoid streaks and blotches. Others find that mitts, or a sponge paint brush or fluffy rollers are what give them the best self tan. Remember to mop up excess lotion in any area to avoid that patchy look.
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