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Prep Your Skin for Long-Lasting Sunless Tanning

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Prep Your Skin for Long-Lasting Sunless Tanning

A natural-looking sunless glow takes a little preparation beforehand. I’ll start at the very beginning of the self-tanning routine, and walk you through our tips and tricks of the trade to ensure your sunless tan looks fresh for as long as possible.

Exfoliate Your Skin

Exfoliating your skin before using a self-tanner is vital to keeping your tan fresh. This means shaving too! When you scrub away dead skin cells, you are awakening your skin and pores to create new skin growth! Exfoliating also helps to wash away dirt, oil and residue left on your skin from other products, like deodorants, lotions, body sprays, etc.

What kind of exfoliant should I use?

I always recommend all-natural exfoliating products. Salt and sugar scrubs are easy to find and come in a variety of scents. If you find those to be too abrasive for your skin, look for an exfoliant that contains almond, coffee grounds, oats, or clays.

One that I like to use is from Raw Sugar. It is inexpensive and you can buy it at Target.

Exfoliate your body from head to toe in a hot shower. Be gentle on your face and don’t forget to do between your fingers and toes. Wash as you normally would after exfoliating. Finish your shower with luke-warm to cold water to close up your pores!
Prep Your Skin for Long-Lasting Sunless Tanning

 

Moisturizing is Key

Keeping your skin hydrated is an important step in the self-tanning process. Nourished, silky skin is happy, healthy skin. When you moisturize, be sure to concentrate on the typically dry areas of your skin, such as your knees, elbows, hands and feet. Keeping these areas extra moisturized will decrease the chances of your self-tanner being darker at these sites. Your face needs moisturized too. I know this can be a problematic area for a lot of people, especially with oily skin and breakouts. Be sure to choose a specific moisturizer dedicated to your facial skin type. Let your moisturizer dry overnight or at least until it soaks into your skin, at the minimum.

What kind of moisturizer should I use?

Organic and all-natural lotions are the best choices for a moisturizer. Stay away from products that contain mineral oil because it will strip the self-tan from your skin more quickly. And remember to find a product that will agree with your face (whether you have oily or dry skin), and one that will be great for your body.

Moisturizing after using your self-tanner is vital as well. When you keep your sunless tan hydrated, it looks more natural and will glow for longer. Your body will appreciate the extra hydration and you will feel more comfortable with your tan.

Your Skin is Ready to Self-Tan

Try to wait at least a day after prepping your skin before applying Solrae Sunless Tanning products. Apply our products to dry, clean skin. No lotions or deodorant. Wear loose fitting clothing after applying your sunless tan. And be sure to give the self-tanner ample time to work its magic on your skin before showering.

 

 

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