How to Apply Self-Tanner
Warm weather is here! If you’re gearing up for a spring break vacation or some time at your local pool, you’re probably wanting to show off a bronzed tan as well. This year, skip the tanning season in favor of self-tanner and save your skin some damage. Self-tanner is a method of sunless tanning that is a great alternative to traditional tanning, which exposes your skin to harmful UV rays and can cause permanent damage.
These steps will help ensure even coverage and long-lasting results.
- Exfoliate. Using a washcloth or an exfoliating product to remove dead skin cells will ensure your tanner is applied to fresh skin. Be sure to pay careful attention to your elbows, knees and ankles where your skin is thickest.
- Dry your skin. Make sure to remove any excess water from your skin prior to applying your self-tanner.
- Work in sections. Working on one section at a time, like one arm or one leg, apply the self-tanner to your skin and gently massage in a circular motion to work into the skin.
- Blend. Specific areas of your body, like your joints, need special attention when applying self-tanner since a build up in these areas can cause “lines” to form in the areas that bend. Check your wrists and ankles, knees and elbows by lightly wiping tanner on rather than using a regular massaging application to create a more natural look.
- Wear loose clothing. Wait 5 – 10 minutes before getting dressed and wear loose clothing for several hours after application.
- Don’t skip the sunscreen! While you may feel like you have a new added layer of protection against the sun, your new “tan” won’t protect you from sunburn. You still need to protect your skin by wearing sunscreen. Be sure to use a broad-spectrum protection (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply it as needed throughout the day. Our office carries a wide variety of appropriate sunscreen products that meet these requirements.
Savannah River Dermatology is located at 575 Furys Ferry Road in Augusta, Ga. Our office can be reached at 706-691-7079.