thanks to the great and warm weather there are already real summer feelings on one or the other day. It’s time for shorts, short skirts and cute dresses. The only problem: All your beautiful summer parts only look half as good on the still very light skin.
But why do we want to get a tan anyway? Why is “brown” our ideal?
While light skin used to be a sign of wealth and dark skin a sign of hard work, today it is exactly the opposite. Tanned skin not only looks firmer but also shows that you have time to be outside a lot, to travel and to see the world – as far as our imagination goes. Well, I don’t know about you, but I also have the university and of course the work at BeSassique. My next holiday by the sea is not until August … but until then I really don’t want to be cheesy anymore.
How good that there is a quick solution from the beauty industry here too. The possibilities range from tanning showers and solariums to self-tanning products in any form. I’m not a fan of solariums and, well, let’s put it this way: The tanning shower was a carrot orange disaster 😀
So all that’s left is the self-tanner. But which product is the right one and how do I avoid stains?
Self-tanning hacks – Step by Step to the summer tone
1. Peel yourself before the self-tanning
In this way, you prepare your skin optimally for the self-tanner and you receive a streak-free result at the end. It is important that you use an oil-free peeling! I love to do a peeling myself, e.g. a coffee peeling. Therefore I simply mix the coffee grounds with some honey – That’s it. Psst! By the way the coffee peeling prevents cellulite 😉
2. Apply cream before the self-tanning lotion
After the peeling you should always apply some cream to particularly dry areas such as knees and elbows. Otherwise, unfortunately, stains will appear exactly at these points. Allow the cream to absorb well before applying the self-tanning lotion, otherwise it will not absorb as well and will also cause stains.
3. Apply the self-tanner in circles
To avoid streaks and stains, you should always apply the self-tanner in circles. Rub it in real good. Take care not to take too much, otherwise residues remain, which again form stains. You are busy and have no time to wait until everything has really soaked in? Then blow-dry yourself with cold air and apply a little baby powder. This way the self-tanner stays exactly where you put it on.
4. Self-tanning conturing
Now I’ve given you lots of tips on how to avoid streaks and stains. But self-tanning products can also be used to intentionally create “streaks”. Besides your cheekbones, you can also accent your decollete, for example. Simply apply the self-tanner with a sponge and work it in well. Don’t choose too dark a color, as it quickly becomes unnatural.
5. Stains – What to do if it does happen
Don’t panic, you can handle that. First take a bath with an oily bath additive and go over the affected areas again and again with a soft sponge. Afterwards you should take a shower and make a lemon peeling as an immediate aid. For the peeling mix lemon juice with sugar or salt. Take a shower and use an oily shower gel and then an oily body lotion.
With all these hacks you are definitely prepared – now only the right product is missing.
3 different self-tanning – types
1. Self-tanning cream
The cream is the absolute classic among self-tanning products. Creams are particularly suitable for dry and rather sensitive skin, as the lotions often still contain moisturising active ingredients.
Since self-tanning cream is the classic, it is also a great product to enter the world of your summer tone. Here you can perfectly dose how much of the product reaches which areas. In case of doubt, you can also mix the cream a little with normal lotion to reduce the effect.
2. Self-tanning spray
The spray is particularly suitable for experienced users. It is important to shake the spray well before each use so that the tanning particles are evenly spread. Hold the spray exactly like a deodorant about 30 cm away from you and spray evenly. The more often you spray, the more intense the complexion becomes.
It is important that the skin is completely dry, otherwise stains will form quickly!
3. Self-tanning mousse
My absolute favorite category are foams. Especially in summer the mousse is super pleasant and refreshing. Another advantage is that it absorbs much faster than a lotion. As an exception to the rule, here more is more. Since the mousse absorbs so quickly, you should go over all treated areas a few times to avoid stains and streaks.
Attention: Self-tanning products are of course no substitute for sun protection, which you should never neglect!
What are your tanning hacks? Have you ever used a self-tanner?