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4 Elite Tanning Tips from a Pro!

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4 Elite Tanning Tips from a Pro!

4 Elite Tanning Tips from a Pro!

No matter if you are a weekly sunless tanning product user or someone who is giving it a try for the first time, everyone can always use some tips from a professional. I’ve been using sunless tanning products for years and I even learn from other professionals in the business. Now I am going to share my 4 best tanning tips with you to make sure you get the best results from Solrae Sunless products.

4 Tanning Tips from a Pro

1. Lotion Is Fundamental

Even if you aren’t using a sunless tanning product, you should still be using a moisturizer every day on your skin. Lotion can help to keep the skin supple, smooth and soft. My pro tip when it comes to lotion is to pay close attention your elbows, knees and the back of your feet (ankles) for an expert level tan. These areas are likely the driest spots on your body. Keeping them moisturized can help to even out your bronze.

2. Hands Can Be Difficult

We’ve all been there. Did a sunless tan and either forgot to wash our hands or didn’t wash well enough. I have a couple tips to ensure your hands look their best after a sunless tan.

  • Hand Tip 1 - use a mitt! Our self-proclaimed, but customer recognized and highly recommended, best self tanning mitt is made of soft velvet material. The velvet deters the tanning solution from soaking into the mitt, leaving it only on your skin. The plastic lining protects your hand from staining to ensure a quick, evenly blended application.
  • Hand Tip 2 - Use a makeup brush to feather the remaining amount of tanner that is on your arms, up to your fingertips. You can also put a small amount of any of Solrae's easy-to-apply self-tanners on the top of our self-tanning blending brush and glide it easily over your skin. Reapply and repeat as needed to get a darker bronze tan

3. Makeup Is Helpful

Melasma is a skin condition that commonly leads to small patches of skin discoloration. There are also other reasons humans have darker spots on their skin that they may want to have blended in more. My tanning tip for doing a face tan with our Instant Airbrush Self Tanner is to use concealer or foundation to cover the dark spots prior to sunless tanning. Let the makeup dry for 10 minutes and then use the airbrush self tanner. This will help blend the dark spots instead of increasing their darkness. 

4. Ingredients Matter

Pay attention to what is in the lotions, soaps and other body products that you use on your skin. Look for products that truly care about your skin as the following will diminish the appearance of your bronze and won’t give you the best results:

  • Parabens free - The beauty industry is constantly evolving, and one of the most significant changes in recent years has been the shift away from parabens. Parabens are a type of preservative that have been used for decades to increase the shelf life of beauty products. However, in recent years, concerns have been raised about the potential health risks associated with parabens.
  • No formaldehyde - The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the National Toxicology Program classify formaldehyde as a human carcinogen which means that it has the potential to cause cancer when its fumes are inhaled. This is particularly concerning when it comes to beauty products, where formaldehyde is sometimes used as a preservative. While formaldehyde is technically legal to use in beauty products, it is important to be aware of its potential risks and to make informed choices about the products you use.
  • No phthalates - Phthalates are a class of chemicals that are added to plastics to maintain their flexibility and durability. While they have many useful applications, there are growing concerns about their impact on human health. Research has linked exposure to phthalates with a range of health problems, including damage to major organs such as the liver and kidneys, as well as disruptions to the endocrine system. In particular, phthalates have been shown to have negative effects on fertility in both men and women.
  • no propylene glycol - Propylene glycol is a common ingredient found in many skincare products, cosmetics, and even food. While some people should avoid it due to allergies or sensitivity, there is no need for major alarm about its safety, but it is still a product that could hinder the final appearance of your sunless tan. Propylene glycol has been misconstrued as a dangerous and toxic substance due to its petroleum-based origin. However, cosmetic-grade petroleum and propylene glycol are different from commercial petroleum and do not pose a threat to our health. So, while it's important to be cautious about what we put on our skin, we don't need to fear propylene glycol. If you can find a product that does not have it as an ingredient, buy it!
  • No mineral oil - While lotions with mineral oil may seem like a good option, they can actually have a negative impact on your tan. The minerals in these lotions can restrict the tan from interacting with the top layer of your skin, leading to patches, streaks, and even spots in your tan.
  • No paraffin - Sometimes confused with parabens, paraffins are different. Paraffins come from petroleum so just like mineral oils, they could leave a residue on your skin, potentially creating spots of darker and lighter sunless tanning areas. 

Remember, a little bit of TLC can go a long way in maintaining a beautiful, natural-looking tan. So be sure to choose your skincare products carefully, and enjoy your gorgeous glow all season long!

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