Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sunless Self Tanning

Kate Moss, credit: Business Insider

It is time self-tanning becomes famous, for every summer of every year, Marc Jacobs designs a charity T-shirt for the skin cancer cause. I must admit, I am all dreamy about these perfect models with their perfect golden brown tan spreading on the pages
Cara Delevingne posing nude for Marc Jacobs Charity T-shirt
Credit: Vogue UK
of my favorite magazine. Truth is, most of the time, they resort to other tanning alternatives than suntan, mainly, self-tanning. With the dangerous health effects that sun tanning or sun beds (indoor tanning) might provoke, I believe that self-tanning should be encouraged and be emphasized on its health benefits—it’s even simpler to obtain that perfect tan with self-tanning.

I have started to use 3 years ago the Lancaster self-tanning body spray, which I wasn’t very keen on. I ended up using it once or twice, at most, and throwing it bottle full. Last year, I bought the Delicious Self Tanning Cream from Clarins—that smells
Credit: Clarins
beautifully like cocoa (natural fragrance)—because I had to look my best for my high school prom night and graduation day, which was right the next day after I had presented my Baccalaureate exams. Meaning I had no time to spend at the beach or even very little and not enough to get that gorgeous bronze skin glow. Left with no other choice, I applied the self-tanning cream the eve and then again the day of my graduation and I managed to kick off the perfect tan. Moreover, at some point that past summer, when the “beach fever” was done, I started to use the self-tanning cream again to keep up
The consistency of Clarins Delicious
Self Tanning Cream, Credit: Clarins
with my tan and avoid my skin to peel off. As for today, I hope to finish the Delicious Self Tanning Cream soon (since it hasn’t expired yet) because I want to try the new self-tanning product from Clarins, the Self Tanning Instant Gel—which apparently dries off “instantly”. (Most often, there is no expiry date on self-tanning packages, so what you can do is try the lotion the summer after on a little part of your skin to see if it is still effective or not)

Credit: Clarins

Why use a self-tanning lotion?
Benefits of self-tanning lotion:
  1. Soothing and Moisturizing (avoids peeling of the skin)

  2. Tan accelerator

  3. Time efficient and time savior

  4. Ability to manage how tanned you would like to look

  5. No health risks

  6. Quickly penetrates and absorbs into the skin

  7. Gives off a golden brown tint

  8. Gives a much better and even tan compared to sunbathing

  9. Avoids the embarrassing-first-time-white-skin beach moments (you know what I mean you don’t really want anyone to see you the first time you go to the beach)

Are you still hesitant to try it? Let me enlighten you further about the dangers of sun tanning and sun beds.
Among the risks of sun tanning and sun beds:
  1. Sunburn

  2. Epidermal damage

  3. Premature aging (my nightmare)

  4. Skin Cancer, like Melanoma

Convinced, I hope. So how do you apply a self-tan? Actually, there are guidelines to follow that you have most of the time written on the package of your product. Yet, just so you know, I am going to give you an idea about these instructions and add to it essential know-how tips.

Note: Before you proceed, make sure your skin is well shaved (or waxed), exfoliated, and then washed and dried off.

  1. Apply the self-tan evenly on your body, if you want, with the help of a damp sponge in circular motions
  2. Gently wipe the elbows, the knees and heels with a tissue—these areas can turn to a darker color.
  3. Wash your hands and nails thoroughly after application.
  4. Wait a few minutes before dressing.

For more, watch this video:

As far as I am concerned, I have no reason to stop using my self-tanning lotion as much as you don’t have a reason not to try it.

On Prom night with my friends, Tala and Antoine
See how naturally tanned I look?

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Sunless Tanning NYC said...

F-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c ! I was looking for similar projects last week, and now i see this post. I normally use breadboard to do this type of work, with one of these, job will be more easy.

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Elsa Abi-Khalil said...

Greaat! Stay upto date for more projects like these