Self Tanners That Don't Look Blotchy and Orange

Create a natural sun-kissed glow with a few tips.
Create a natural sun-kissed glow with a few tips. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Creating a dewy sun-kissed glow without the aid of the sun is a healthy alternative to avoid a dose of harsh UV rays. However, one too many females have experienced the faux pas of a splotchy or orange skin tone from self-tanners. Every self-tanner will make claims of a blotch-free, sun-kissed glow. So, knowing what to look for and how to apply tanners are the best ways to create an even sun-kissed glow.

Banish Dry Skin

Prep skin before applying a self-tanner. Whichever tanner you choose, you'll need to ensure your skin is as smooth as possible. Begin by exfoliating the skin with a scrub or an exfoliating loofah to sloth off dead dry skin. Shaving before hand will also aid in providing an even base. Apply a thin layer of moisturizer to your body. Dry skin is a leading culprit of a splotchy tan, so a little bit of preparation beforehand will bring you one step closer to an even-glowing tan.

Prep your skin beforehand for an even tan.
Prep your skin beforehand for an even tan. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Go for Tinted Formulas

Buy a tanner that is tinted. Tinted tanners allow you to keep track of where you've applied it, avoiding patches and ensuring even application.

Pick the Right Shade

Choose the right color for your skin tone. Snow-white complexions should not seek out the same self-tanners as their olive-toned counterparts, as they'll only look unnaturally dark. It's recommended that paler skin tones stick with gradual self-tanning lotions to avoid going too dark too fast, or having a tan that fades to an orange color against their pale complexion.

Know What's in Your Tanner

Choose a self-tanner containing dihydroxyacetone (DHA) or erythrulose. These are both sugar sources that react with the top layer of the skin to darken it. Tanners containing both have a reputation for yielding longer-lasting results and a more natural looking color. A few self-tanners have added a green pigment to counteract any orange, so these are also things to look out for.

Apply iIt Properly

Avoid applying a heavy layer; stick with a thin layer to begin. Applying too much self-tanner will only make you appear orange. Also, when applying, start from the bottom of your body and work your way up to avoid creases from bending over. If applying a cream, mouse or gel tanner, use a non-latex sponge. These sponges have a tighter weave allowing for better blending than traditional sponges or even your fingertips. Allow the tanner to dry for at least 20 minutes before putting your clothes back on. To help ensure your tan is even, moisturize your skin after the application.

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