Sun Care Self Tanning FAQ
Using self-tanner can be tricky. Here, find answers
to seven frequently asked questions:
Q. I tan easily in the sun, should I apply less of the self-tanning product?
Your natural tanning ability won't come into play using a self-tanner.
Self-tanners work by dyeing the top layer of your skin, which is made
up of "dead" skin cells. Your natural tan comes from stimulated melanin
pigments found in the lower layers of your skin. So tanning quickly
does not mean you will also self-tan quickly, or darker.
Q. I use Retin-A to treat acne breakouts. Can I use self-tanner on my face?
Yes, but don't apply both products at the same time; it may irritate
your skin. Wait until one dries before applying the other.
Q. My self-tanner smells sour when it's on my skin. Will the smell go away?
The sour fragrance you smell coming from your skin is the scent of the
chemical reaction, which is what dyes your skin. Different products
contain varying degrees of effective "masking" ingredients to minimize
the unappealing scent. Several hours after you've applied the product,
the sour scent will fade, though it won't go away entirely until you
Q. How long do self-tanners last? When should I reapply?
Self-tanners last from three to five days. They gradually fade over
time. You don't have to wait until a full fade before you reapply,
though some women say they get a more even tan if they do.
Q. The prices vary so much for self-tanners. Will the more expensive brands give me a better tan?
Not necessarily. As with most cosmetics, trial and error is the rule of
thumb when it comes to finding the product that works best for you.
Some women complain that less-expensive brands smell worse. Others say
the more-expensive brands don't provide a real-looking tan. Some might
prefer an expensive spray because it's easier to apply; others might
want to use the same brand that makes their daily moisturizer. Start
with a recommendation from a friend, or Substance (see the self-tanners
editors love and the top 10 self-tanners of women) and go from there.
Q. How do I choose a color that's right for me?
Here is some tried-and-true advice: Usually, the darker your self-tan,
the faker it will look. Try not to go darker than medium, no matter
what your skin tone. You can always apply more if the tan isn't dark
enough for you; that's a better option than starting with super dark
color that may look strange.
Q. How can I make my fake tan look as real as possible?
A. Follow these five guidelines:
- Avoid streaking and splotching! Follow the advice in How to Use Self-Tanner.
Don't apply the same depth of color all over; people never tan the same
shade everywhere on their bodies. (It's a sure sign the tan is fake.)
Apply the product very lightly to the tops of your feet, around the
ankles and to the tops of your hands -- places that normally tan
lighter than the rest of your body.
Avoid tanning your heels, the insides of your arms, your fingers and
under your arms. If you do get product on those areas, wash it off
before it dries.
- Apply self-tanner to the face lightly; make sure you apply it evenly around your nostril area, your ears and your neck.
- Choose a color that is not too dark for you.
How to Use Self-Tanner
What's the best way to apply self-tanner? We asked the real experts --
women who have tried them and found techniques that work. Follow these
tried-and-true tips to achieve a perfect and healthy tan.
What You Need Before Self-Tanning:
The right self-tanner.
Both tinted and non-tinted products work the same, but we recommend
using a tinted product. You can see where you are applying it and it's
the only way to prevent streaks of untanned skin. The non-tinted creams
go on like moisturizer and you can't tell by looking at your skin where
it is -- and where it isn't! Product shades range from fair to very
dark. Stick to fair or medium. The darker the shade, the faker the tan
tends to look.
If you don't want to use gloves, just be aware that you need to wash
your hands a few times (between fingers, too!) during the application
20 volume peroxide developer.
Commonly used for hair bleaching, this product (available at beauty
supply stores) is your spot "eraser." Dip a Q-Tip in this liquid and
apply to areas where you want to remove the tan -- commonly, that might
be a streak on the inside of your arm or on your heel. (Make sure you
rinse well afterward!) Do NOT use this to remove your entire tan or on
a large section of your body. (If you hate your total tan, jump into
the shower and exfoliate again. Exfoliating will not completely remove
it, but it will fade it. Within a couple of days, it will be gone.)
This process will take a good 90 minutes, at least, including drying
time. Most products promise to dry in 15 to 30 minutes, but it really
takes more like an hour. That may sound too long, but your smooth,
glossy, safe tan will be worth it! Think of it as a spa treatment.
by lol from north dakota on June 3, 2011|
@graeme next time dont apply it close to your eye section at all, what i do is apply it only on my forehead, cheeks and nose and lightly on the chin, if you apply it on your cheeks and nose it'll look like a natural tan i promise!
by nevaeh from united states on June 2, 2011|
i never tried self tanner and i really want to because i look like a vampire, haha if i have really pale skin shouldnt i go for a darker shade and also HOW LONG DOES SELF TANNER STAY ON.
by tina from birmingham on January 31, 2010|
what are the limitations of self tanning?
and the Potential advantages of self tanning
Versus UV Tanning treatments?
and the factors that need to be conidered prior to self tanning treatments?
by ohh from toronto, canada on November 20, 2008|
you can apply your self tanner around the eyes just dont put too much so it doesnt go INSIde your eye .. i use Dove Energy Glow-daily moisturizer with subtle self tanners... i think its one of the best i've tried so far if your very light skinned dont go right for the darkest one because it will look blotchy... apply evenly around hairline with just a bit of the tanner and evenly on your neck, those are the spots that are most visible.
by Graeme from South Africa on May 31, 2008|
When i apply my self tan, it says avoid eye area. I apply to face and its so obvious to tell its fake because my eye area is white and not tanned... any suggestions
by joanne from nottinghamshire on May 16, 2008|
how can i get my self tan off when it goes rong or don't look right