Self Tanner 101 from the Expert Who Gives Stars Their Glow
Posted Thursday September 26, 2013 12:44 PM GMT
Does the thought of chilly, cloudy days that comes with the cooler season have you feeling a little ho-hum about your complexion? You're not alone. This transitional time of year often leaves us rather lackluster about our outward appearance.
The typical solution? A tan! However, as we know, garnering a glow via indoor sunning is a temporary fix that can yield several long-term effects. The alternative? Getting bronze from a bottle. Although, we must admit, going faux can be a bit intimidating. After all, how can you ensure you'll come out looking like a glowing goddess and not Snooki a la the "Jersey Shore?" For that, we turned to Veronique Munro, CEO of Infinity Sun, a company synonymous with boosting the bronze factor of our favorite red carpet celebs.
From no-nos to the must-knows, Munro gave us the 411 on all things sunless tanning.
Stars like Giulianna Rancic, Kaley Cuoco and Julie Bowen are fans of your formula for the red carpet. Is it really possible to achieve such flawless color without being an A-lister?
Absolutely. All Infinity Sun products are created with the finest ingredients. They contain the highest quality DHA (sunless tanner) and are infused with anti-oxidants and pure botanicals, which enrich the skin and deliver the natural looking results. Furthermore, Infinity Sun combines sunless tanning with high–end skincare so that minor imperfections are minimized contributing to that flawless finish.
What's the number one way to extend the life of your tan?
Preparation is key. By eliminating skin cells that are at the end of their life-cycle (through exfoliation), you will already have a head start, as the skin cells will remain on the body longer. The longer you leave the sunless tanner on the skin the deeper the activation and the more vibrant the color will be. Hydration, both internally and externally makes a tremendous difference. By drinking a lot of water and green tea, the body will stay hydrated from the inside out. By using an extender serum that prevents trans-dermal water loss, the skin cells will stay on the body longer, which in turn extends the life of the tan.
What's the biggest "no-no" of self-tanning?
Oh, there are so many! Poor preparation, wetting the skin too soon, sweating before the tan has fully activated, wearing clothing that cuts into the skin creating smudges and lines i.e imperfections in the tan and not properly hydrating the skin between applications.
How can one ensure the most even tan?
Make sure the application is even to begin with. After preparations, apply a small amount of hydrating lotion to the knees and elbows to prevent oversaturation. In these areas, apply a light coat of your favorite sunless tanner evenly, wash your hands and pat dry. It is always easier to reapply to deepen the intensity level than to remove already developed sunless tanner.
How often should you self tan?
As often as needed. Most sunless tanners last around one week. The most important thing to know for avid sunless tanners is to always remove old sunless tanner before any new application to prevent any sort of unevenness to appear under the new application.
Is there a method to picking the correct shade for your skintone?
Not really. You’ll never know what a shade looks like until you put it on. That’s why it’s always best to start with a light application to see how it develops on the skin. The most common mistake is over-saturating the skin which what gives the “orange” tone. I am a fan of olive based color but most companies do not put that on the packaging therefore it is usually trial and error to determine what product works best for you.
Fall is here, how much should we tone down our tan for this season compared to summer?
It is generally expected that we go several shades lighter into the winter months. However, with the festivities of the holidays and special events, more skin is typically revealed and during that time, we begin to see our summer glow reemerge. In my opinion, as long as it looks natural go as light or as dark as you like!