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image of self tanning kit and sunless tanner.Jaclyn has spent years owning a spa, spray tanning clients, and of course, applying her own self tanner!  She chooses a sunless tan any day over sun damage.  Here are the best tips and tricks for really getting a bronzed and a glowing sunless tan.

Prepare your arsenal for a sunless application:

Exfoliate and Shave 24 Hours Before Tanning

For a truly even color, you’re going to want a smooth canvas for application. You should always wax or shave the day before you apply your tan because sometimes [hair removal] can cause irritation initially and make your skin slightly sensitive. You should also fully exfoliate 24 hours before your tan to ensure it’s even and to get rid of any dead skin.”

In addition, just before you apply your tan, Jaclyn recommends running an ice cube or frozen bag of peas (nope, not kidding) over your legs and face to constrict hair follicles and pores. This will prevent self-tanner from entering these tiny crevices and leaving small, darker-colored dots on your skin.

Prep Problem Areas

You’ll need to pay special attention to breakouts or any normally dry areas of skin before you apply a self-tan. Always apply a moisturizer barrier to joints, feet, hands prior to tanning since they can develop darker than anywhere else on the body. In addition, you’ll want to apply a concentrated amount of moisturizer using a Q-Tip or cotton ball to any skin conditions you’re dealing with like acne or eczema. The ingredients in self-tanner develop darker when they come in contact with these areas and extra moisture will block the product from highlighting what you’d rather hide.

Be Very Generous with the Amount of Product You Use

First-timers who are afraid of being too dark may be hesitant to use large globs of product while applying. Don’t be. Zebra-like stripes are caused by lack of product and over-rubbing. Always use enough so that the product glides effortlessly and smoothly over the skin and buff away any excess with your tanning mitt.  You can never use too much self-tan, as the skin can only absorb a certain amount of tanning agent (I recommend St. Tropez products specifically for this reason) but using too little self-tan will result in the dreaded streaky tan.

Avoid Application on Your Hands and Feet

While you want to be generous with the product on all other areas of your body, you actually shouldn’t apply the product at all to your hands and feet. Always work excess product from the arms onto the hands and leftover product from the legs onto the feet and ankle.  Don’t apply tanner directly on those area because it always looks too dark and unnatural.

Enlist a Friend or Get Creative to Address Hard-to-Reach Areas

Use the sunless tanning spray for hard to reach areas or tape a large wooden spoon to the mitt and use a “scratching your back” motion to apply.

Remember, sunless tanning can be scary, but once you get the hang of it, you will love the results.  If you are truly afraid, start with gradual sunless tanners to dip your toe into the process.  And of course, remember, when you are on vacation, use the gradual sunless tan to maintain so as your skin exfoliates, you still will look like a bronzed goddess.

 

To kickstart the year (and your skin), Skin Perfect owner, Jaclyn Peresetsky, runs down her top 7 skincare resolutions.

  1. Never go to bed without washing your face.
    This is allows your skin to breathe, sweat out toxins, allow the oils to secrete and rebalance your skin, and allow your skin cells to regenerate.
  2. Wear sunscreen every day.
    You are still getting UV exposure even on cloudy days.  A physical sunscreen with zinc and titanium dioxide will reflect the sun’s light, not absorb it.
  3. Maintain a regularly schedule facial every month.
    Minimally you should be getting a facial every month by a skincare professional in order to properly exfoliate, nourish, and turn on the rejuvenating cells and youth factors.
  4. Schedule a deeper chemical peel, microneedling, or advanced LED (light therapy) treatment every quarter.
    Doing an advanced treatment will help to rev up your skin to see greater results.
  5. Integrate a new skin therapy regularly to challenge your skin.
    Try a new therapy such as Microcurrent, Nano Current, LED, Cryotherapy, or Intensive FSD (Fractionated Light Therapy).
  6. Only wear makeup that is beneficial for your skin and not harmful or clogging.
    Select makeup that is nutrient rich with ingredients that are going to nourish and improve your skin.
  7. Switch out at least one skincare product every three months.
    Mixing up your skincare products will keep your skin constantly changing and challenged to continue to get positive results.

For more information on how to maintain healthy skin or for a facial skin treatment, call either of our Skin Perfect locations:

Columbus, Ohio – (614) 762-6623
Naples, Florida – (239) 262-5110

 

 …with a bit of self nurture and care to feel ready to take on whatever comes your way.

 

Image of a Butterfly change Chrysalis

  1. Shower everyday!  It is important to maintain or even establish a structure in your day to day life.  A shower refreshes your body and your senses and tells you body it is time to get in motion for the day!
  2. Wash your face twice a day even if you are not wearing makeup.  With the cortisol coursing through all of our veins with the fear and uncertainty.  Our skin will tend to be oilier, buildup dead skin more quickly, and can harbor stress acne bacteria so it is important that you washing your face is a non-negotiable!
  3. Let your skin breathe makeup free.  This is the time to see if makeup is clogging your skin!  Many of us do not have to wear makeup with switching to zoom conference calls, face times, etc.  In fact, video chats with great skin is a healthy skin status symbol and gives colleagues more confidence in your self care and well being.  This may be a time to review your makeup and do some spring cleaning.  Quality makeup should have skin enhancing benefits so your skin can be its best with or without it!
  4. Be diligent about your skincare routine, and add in a weekly exfoliation treatment.  In order to maintain your skin while you are unable to go to your monthly spa treatments, it is important to challenge your skin and keep it active and regenerating so your skin does not start to go backwards.  We are still biologically aging and we want to keep our skin headed in the right direction!
  5. Integrate yoga (stretching/keeping your joints healthy) 20-30 min., meditation/deep breathing exercises 5 min(keeping your diaphragm healthy and your nerves calm, and go for a walk outside (keep a healthy dose of Vitamin D in your body through sunlight exposure).  All of these physical musts keeps your immune system healthy and circulation moving through your body which allows your lymph system to function at its best!
Self care takes effort and a bit of creating a routine.  Take one day at a time.  Check mark your achievements and with some perseverance, regular habits, and a positive outlook, you will be able to see the good that can come out of a self quarantine!