Looking good while using a self-tanner isn’t always easy. In fact, there are a few tricks you need to know to use them successfully. The biggest problem is that self-tanners naturally get stuck in the thicker areas of your skin like your freckles and over your knees. Self-tanners can also dry out your skin and the active ingredient can have a funny mayonnaise-like smell. Still, I love self-tanners and will take them any day over sun damaged skin, but there are some tricks to getting the look you want with self-tanners. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to having a beautiful, safer, sun-kissed glow this summer!
Tips for how to layer a really good self tanner into your Complete Skin Care Routine to get professional results!
Facial Skin Care:
Cleanse: Exfoliate when you cleanse before you begin self tanning application. Dr. Bailey’s recommendation is the Bamboo and Clay Thermal Scrub. Once you have acheived the desired level of tanner bronze tone, cleanse your skin without daily exfoliation using a cleanser matched to your skin type. Dr. Bailey recommends her Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser.
Correct and Hydrate: Use glycolic acid AHA products to keep skin exfoliated and hydrated to prevent the alligator look. A multitasking option is to apply your self tanner under a Glycolic Acid Face Cream.
If you have extremely sensitive facial skin skin that can’t tolerate glycolic acid then use a soothing and antioxidant rich corrective product such as Green Tea Antioxdant Skin Therapy applied over your self tanner.
Protect: This is really important when you are using self tanners because the golden glow gives you NO protection from UV damage and may even increase your risk of damage for 24 hours! Wear a good mineral zinc oxide sunscreen every day when you use tanners. Dr. Bailey recommends tinted sunscreens to add a little more bronze warmth to your skin tone:
- Suntegrity BB Cream Sunscreen (hydrates and protects)
- Sheer Strength Mineral Matte Sunscreen (ideal for oily skin and as a makeup primer)
- Sheer Strength Spray Sunscreen (untinted and ideal for all skin types)
Body Skin Care:
Correct and Hydrate: Do this all in one step with Glycolic Acid Body Lotion applied over your self tanner.
Get the Glycolic Acid Body Wash, the Salux Shower Cloth and the Glycolic Acid Body Lotion all together in Dr. Bailey’s Ultra Fast Body Skin Smoothing Kit!
When you don’t want to use glycolic acid in your moisturizer, use a general hydrating moisturizer like Dr. Bailey’s Natural Lotion for face and body.
Protect: All exposed skin from UV damage with a good all purpose mineral zinc sunscreen that applies easily. Dr. Bailey’s favorite options are:
- Sheer Strength Spray Sunscreen
- Solbar Zinc Sunscreen
- Suntegrity Natural All Purpose Sunscreen
- Raw Elements Sunscreen when you will be physically active and need a high performance endurance product.
What are Dr. Bailey’s personal top products that she uses for her own self tanning?
- Avene Self Tanner
- Ultra Fast Body Smoothing Kit
- Bamboo and Clay Thermal Facial Scrub
- Natural Face and Body Lotion
- Sheer Strength Spray Sunscreen
- Suntegrity 5 in 1 BB Cream Sunscreen
Do you have any tips or tricks for applying self-tanners? We’d love to hear from you! Tell us your story in the comments below.
For more information on self-tanners, read my Dr. Bailey’s post, “Use Self-Tanners Like a Pro.”
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