Have you ever thought about why celebrities spend thousands of dollars every year to maintain a tan? Do their careers really depend on it? You bet they do! You most likely don’t realize it, but pale skin can look boring and plain. It can even make you look sickly. A great way to improve your appearance is to maintain a healthy looking tan. According to Mark Leary, professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, in today’s world “we know that there’s no clear reason why tan ought to be perceived as healthier or as a sign of wealth, but we just haven’t lost it as a signifier of a leisure class yet.”

Guys and gals both can look fantastic with a healthy looking tan. Guys, after all those hours of working out at the gym, wouldn’t you like those muscles to be noticed? A tan skin can actually make a guy look more muscular. Furthermore, a study conducted by Emory University using the well-known rating of attractiveness website HotorNot.com found that the “hotness” scores changed when the same women’s photos showed their natural complexions and a tanned version. The results of the research showed that the tanned versions were twice as likely to be rated as being more attractive. Although some opinions may vary for some cultures, having a golden tan is currently perceived as being more attractive for both men and women.

For many of us, the best way to get that golden tan that makes us look attractive is with the use of sunless tanners. By using a self-tanning product, we can get that wonderful tan in just minutes instead of sitting in the sun or on a tanning bed for hours. For that gorgeous tan, follow these suggestions and tips and you’ll surely love the way your look.

Before Applying Self-Tanning Product

Get Prepared:

Don’t underestimate the importance of getting prepared before you apply a self-tanner. All those essentials need to be taken care of including getting a wax, touching up your hair color, getting a manicure or shaving your legs. This is because those treatments may very well remove your self-tanner according to Anna Stankiewicz from the Louise O’Connor Salon in New York City.

 Exfoliate:

Because dry skin absorbs a self-tanner in dark patches that look horribly unnatural and gross. For that reason, you should remove any flakes that are on your body by doing a coarse scrub. You should be sure to focus on your rough spots such as your elbows, knees, heels and ankles. A cleanser with either salicylic or glycolic acid should be used on your face along with a skin brush in order to remove dull, dead skin. By all means, never use anything that is oil-based because it will leave a residue that will cause streaks, Stankiewicz explains. After showering, be sure to dry off thoroughly and wait ten minutes to be sure you are totally dry.

 Moisturize and Soften Your Skin:

Now that you’re totally dry, your skin needs a little moisture before you get started with a self-tanner. Begin by dabbing a lightweight lotion on your elbows, ankles, knees and around your nostrils or any other spots on your body that are dry. This will keep these spots from turning orange or dark. DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew will moisturize your face nicely, and for your body you’ll like the feeling of Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15.

 Choose Your Self-Tanner

When choosing your self-tanner, you will find that mousses are easier than sprays to rub in, but the sprays can get to all those hard-to-reach places of your body. Stankiewicz suggests that the rule of thumb to use is to select a self-tanner that goes well with your skin tone and not the result you desire. For fair skin, you should use a light to medium formula. For olive tone skin, the best choice would be a dark formula. Gradual formulas can usually take as many as two to four applications to reach a suitable shade. Two products you will like are the St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mouse for your body and Clarins Liquid Bronze Self-Tanning for Face.

 Applying the Self-Tanner

Bottoms Up:

For the application of your self-tanner, your hands should be clean or you may wear latex gloves if you wish. When applying the self-tanner, smooth about one teaspoon on at a time in circular motions. You should start at your ankles working your way up to your shoulders. This will prevent strange marks as you bend over. Your arms and hands should be done last.

 Face Application:

Start your face by dabbing a dime-size amount of self-tanner on the spots that you usually tan such as your chin, the apples of your cheeks, and the bridge of your nose. Using your fingertips, blend the dabs outward. Feather the tanner that is left on your fingertips out past the jawbone and into your hairline. Immediately wash your hands when you’re finished.

 After the Application

  •  Be sure to give the formula enough time. If the instructions are to wait five minutes, wait at least ten. Then brush baby powder all over your entire body. This will stop the tanner from getting onto your clothes. Do not shower and avoid sweating for at least 6 to 8 hours.
  • Mistakes Happen: If splotches or streaks should appear, simply rub half a lemon for two minutes on the area. Then using a damp towel, buff it lightly.

Are You Looking More Attractive?

You’ve followed all the steps. Now look into the mirror. Do you look more attractive? Surely, you do. How’s it feel? As you look into the mirror, you most likely feel more confident in your appearance than you did before. It certainly was worth the effort to use the self-tanner and definitely was free of any health risk tanning beds or sun might have caused.

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