|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
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
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
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)
|The consistency of Clarins Delicious|
Self Tanning Cream, Credit: Clarins
Why use a self-tanning lotion?
Benefits of self-tanning lotion:
Soothing and Moisturizing (avoids peeling of the skin)
Time efficient and time savior
Ability to manage how tanned you would like to look
No health risks
Quickly penetrates and absorbs into the skin
Gives off a golden brown tint
Gives a much better and even tan compared to sunbathing
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:
Premature aging (my nightmare)
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.
- Apply the self-tan evenly on your body, if you want, with the help of a damp sponge in circular motions
- Gently wipe the elbows, the knees and heels with a tissue—these areas can turn to a darker color.
- Wash your hands and nails thoroughly after application.
- 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.