Most people want a tan in the summer- they feel better and think they look better. But don’t be fooled! A tan is not a summer treat for you or your skin.  To get that great summer glow, try other options such as a spray tan or a gradual self tanner that you apply at home.

Need a last minute ‘glo’ before heading out with friends? Try Glo Minerals Body Bronzer ($33)…we love it! It creates an instant all over tan with a hint of shimmer.

Tips for Self Tanning

  • Exfoliate (AHA lotions and cleansers, scrubs)
    • Charlotte Skin & Laser Fortified Scrub ($38)
    • Charlotte Skin & Laser 10% Glycolic Cleanser ($22)
  • Moisturize skin for several days before, but not immediately prior to
  • Wax 24 hours prior/Shave 12 hours prior
  • Be sure skin is completely dry
  • Apply to skin one area/section at a time
  • Go lightly on areas of thick skin- such as elbows, ankles, knees
  • Blend gradually as you near the ankles and wrists
  • Let skin dry for at least 10 minutes prior to getting dressed (can use a hair dryer on cool setting to speed drying)
  • Keep skin moisturized
  • Self Tanners to try:
    • Avene Self Tanning Lotion: $22
    • Charlotte Skin & Laser Self Tanning Towels: $30

Tips for getting a spray tan:

  • Exfoliate (aha lotions and cleansers, scrubs)
  • Moisturize skin for several days before, but not immediately prior to
  • Wax 24 hours prior/Shave 12 hours prior
  • If you are spray tanning for a big event, complete any hair or nail appointments prior to your spray tan
  • Do not wear body lotion, deodorant or perfumes
  • Do not breath in the sprayed material—most nice spray tan places have well ventilated rooms so this is not a problem, if they do not you may want to consider wearing a mask
  • Let skin dry completely after before putting your clothes on
  • Wear loose, dark clothing and flip flops
  • Wait approximately 8 hours before shower/bathing
  • Avoid perspiring until first shower/bath. Plan your workouts for before the tan!

You still must use sunscreen! Self tanning does not provide UV protection.

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