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How to Use Self Tanner – 8 Tips You May Not Know
Ever wonder how to use self tanner the right way? You know, so you don’t end up with orange streaks and hands that don’t remotely match your body? I definitely have, especially in the past few weeks. See… it’s winter. And where I live, that means gloomy, rainy weather and temperatures a little too cool to spend all your time outside. It also means that my summer tan is slowly fading away. To me, there are three ways to deal with this:
- Win an all-expenses paid trip to the Caribbean (nice)
- Spend hours baking in a tanning bed (not so nice)
- Use a self tanner (realistically my best bet)
Why I Won’t Go Near a Tanning BedHave you ever gotten a sunburn? I have. Not pretty. The culprit is UV radiation. The sun’s rays contain two types of radiation (UVA and UVB) that impact your skin in different ways. UVB radiation burns the upper layers of your skin, which can lead to sunburn. UVA radiation gives you a tan by encouraging your skin to produce a pigment called melanin. Even a moderate amount of exposure to UVA and UVB radiation can cause massive problems. Both types of radiation can damage the skin, and both can lead to skin cancer. When you’re out in the sun you can reduce this risk by slathering on some sunblock, but what about when you’re in a tanning bed? Tanning lamps produce both UVA and UVB radiation. You’re probably not going to use sunscreen before you use these beds, so you’re getting a full dose of skin-damaging rays. And, unlike the sun, whose intensity changes based on the season and time of day, sunlamps shine at the same intensity all day and all year round. Here are just some of the problems that sunlamp exposure can cause:
- Immune suppression: UVB radiation can keep your immune system from working at its best. This makes you more vulnerable to disease.
- Allergic reaction: If you’re at all sensitive to UV radiation, sunlamps can cause an itchy red rash.
- Eye damage: UV radiation can cause irreversible damage to your eyes.
- Cancer: The big one. When you increase your exposure to UV radiation, you increase your risk of skin cancer. More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year, and it’s more and more common among younger people. Tanning beds might have a lot to do with that.
- Tanning causes age spots, freckles, and discoloration
- Tanning causes fine lines and wrinkles
- Tanning can lead to actinic keratosis, scaly red patches on the skin that can be a starting point for skin cancer
- Tanning makes skin, tough, leathery, dry, and rough
Using Self Tanner is a Safe and Effective Way to Keep Your Summer Glow AliveI love self tanner. It gets me through the winter. When you know how to use self tanner, it gives you an even, natural-looking tan without any of that nasty UV business. Using the right self tanner is one of my favorite ways to take care of my skin and myself. It makes me look great, feel great, and actually nourishes my skin instead of abusing it. In order to keep my skin looking just the way I want it, I follow a very specific self tanner routine. As with any skincare ritual, the most important step is the first one: choosing the right product.
How to Choose the Best Self TannerYou can walk into any drugstore and find a wall full of self tanning products. And you can look at the ingredients list on any of those bottles and find a list full of dangerous and potentially toxic chemicals. Conventional self tanners rely on synthetic colorants and dyes to tan your skin. The base lotions that transports these dyes to your skin also tend to contain questionable ingredients. That’s why I like to stick with natural self tanners. Beauty by Earth’s Body Self Tanner and Face Self Tanner are my favorite tanners. This tanning line sticks to ingredients that nourish the skin while they tan. Here are just a few of the ingredients you’ll find in a great natural self tanner:
- Shea Butter: This rich butter is full of fatty acids that nourish and moisturize the skin. (Learn more about the amazing benefits of shea butter on this fascinating Wellness Mama post)
- Green Tea Leaf Extract: Helps to decrease wrinkles, reduce the speed of aging, and fight inflammation.
- Witch Hazel Extract: Soothes the skin and helps get rid of redness.
- Jojoba Seed Oil: Seals in moisture on the skin, improving moisturization.