We all love a toasty, sun kissed color but it can be tricky to achieve. Fear of streaks and looking orange run high but fret not. I was able to locate the best products to achieve a healthy radiance, no streaks.
Do you ever wonder why your ankles and knees look splotchy rather than sun-kissed? Dead cells can block ingredients like dihydroxyacetone (aka DHA, the molecule in self-tanner that produces a deeper color) from evenly penetrating the skin’s surface. So slough your body with a scrub before self-tanning.
My favorite scrub lately is Tatcha Indigo Smoothing Black Sugar Body Gommoge
To guarantee you don’t end up an unnatural hue, pick your potion based on the color of your skin – not the shade you are looking to achieve.
Opt for moisturizing lotions that promise a “gradual” glow, like this one does. A smaller dose of DHA can deliver subtler results. You’ll see a subtle bump in color within a few hours. The intensity increases with the frequency of application, but a once daily coating produces a health – looking hue.
Pick a DHA spiked liquid or mousse labeled “light bronze” like this frothy and easily spreadable formula. In one to three hours, your skin tone will deepen. if you want a richer bronze, apply again eight to 12 hours later. Then, rub it on once daily to maintain your color.
Rather than piling on self-tanner, layer products that deliver immediate sun hugged radiance. First, apply a sheer tinted body cream, then top with a shimmering body oil. The bronze cream evens out imperfections; a glistening, coppery oil gives you a warm glow.
For your Face
Mix a few drops of this concentrated, lightweight serum with DHA into your moisturizer and you’ll see a soft, subtle glow within hours – no mess, no steaks. If you want more bronze for your buck, just add it to your A.M. and P.M. creams (don’t forget to blend it into your hairline).