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5 Top Self-Tanning Tips

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

5 Top Self-Tanning TipsSelf-tanning is a nice way to get a warm glow, but, to do it right, requires a little time and preparation. Fortunately, the process isn’t difficult, just read up on the instructions ahead of time, and plan your self-tanning for a time when you are not rushed.

Don’t Neglect a Test Patch

Allergic reactions to self-tanning products are rare, but not unheard of. Considering how uncomfortable a rash or other allergic reaction could be over your entire body, however, it makes sense to perform a patch test 24 to 48 hours before you self-tan. You can make sure you don’t have a reaction, and get an idea on how the color looks on your skin.

Prep First

Don’t self-tan irritated skin, so wax at least 24 hours before self-tanning, and shave at least 12 hours in advance. Stay away from deodorant, essential oils and perfumes as well during this time, as all of these items can interfere with the self-tanners ability to process evenly. Use an exfoliating product before you self-tan, to remove dry skin, which will absorb the tanning product unevenly. Follow up with a water based moisturizer to hydrate skin so it will absorb the product nicely.

Have The Right Supplies

In addition to the self-tanner of your choice, have tight fitting, disposable gloves, a water based moisturizer and cotton swabs on hand. You don’t want to go searching for these items once you get started. Ideally, once you start self-tanning, you will have several uninterrupted hours. Once you apply the tanner, the longer you can allow it to process before doing anything else, the better your results will be.

Start at the Bottom

Apply your preferred tanner, starting at your feet and working your way up. This keeps you from smudging still damp tanner by leaning over. If you are not using disposable gloves, wash your hands frequently during the application process. If you wait until the very end, your palms will probably be stained orange. Once you have applied self-tanner to your entire body, go back and use a towel to lightly buff the areas such as your knees and ankles, that may accumulate self-tanner.

Give it Time

Most people find self-tanning best as a evening time event. After you apply the self- tanner, you want to let it dry completely before getting dressed. Even then, some transfer is likely, so loose fitting, dark colored clothes are best. You also don’t want to sweat, swim, shower or bathe for at least six hours after applying self-tanner. Tanning at night allows you to sit around for a bit to dry, then go to bed, minimizing the chances of smudging your tan.

Spring Sunscreen 101

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Spring Sunscreen 101In spring the danger of sun damage may be unexpected if the weather is still cool. While the rays of the sun are not as powerful as they are during the summer months, prolonged exposure will nonetheless harm unprotected skin. To avoid a spring sunburn, keep this information in mind:

There Is No Such Thing As A Waterproof Sunscreen

So-called “Waterproof” sunscreens are deceptive because sweat, water, and most other types of moisture will cause them to wash off. Instead of falling for this marketing ploy, consider sunscreens that use the more realistic descriptive “Water Resistant”. A good water resistant one like this sunscreen from PCA Skin will help keep the protection on longer than ordinary sunscreens.

SPF Can Be Deceiving

Though the SPF numbers come in a wide variety of ranges, the higher numbers do not actually block rays longer. The SPF number only refers to the percentage of rays blocked. This means an SPF 30 sunscreen will allow only 1/30th of the sun’s rays to reach the skin. It does not mean that it will last 30 times longer than SPF one, so it will need to be reapplied as directed on the container.

Even Cloudy Spring Days Can Cause Sun Damage

A common assumption is that when it is cloudy, there is no danger of sun damage. Much of the solar intensity on cloudy days has to do with the type of clouds involved. The sun’s rays can pass through thinner clouds, while it is mostly blocked by thicker clouds. Even in the spring when the rays are not as damaging, it is a good idea to just apply sunscreen instead of trying to figure out if the clouds above are thick enough to block solar damage.

Sunscreen Is All That Is Necessary To Avoid Sun Damage

Of course sunscreens are good idea when spring rolls around, but it should not substitute for common sense. When wearing swim apparel outdoors, it is a good idea to cover up or find shade when not in the water. It is always wise to use clothing to help prevent sun damage along with a sunscreen.

The spring is a great time of year with all the budding plants, warmer temperatures, and longer days. Just be sure to use a good sunscreen to avoid hidden sun damage.

Let’s Get Sun Ready

Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Let's Get Sun Ready

Recommendations from Our Medical Director Eric Berger, MD

Don’t forget summer travel essentials when you pack for weekend getaways

Friday, July 5th, 2013
Summer Travel Essentials

Packing for a weekend getaway requires you to do more than simply pick out the best outfits for your given destination. You’ll also got to bring along a few makeup and skincare essentials that will keep you looking natural and fresh as you work on a healthy glow.

Your normal summer routine probably includes tinted moisturizer and a loose mineral foundation, so they are definitely must-have products you’ll want to pack when you’re planning a getaway. These items are perfect for the warmer months. A tinted moisturizer provides much-needed SPF along with some glowing color, so try theBalm’s Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 18 for the ideal base that will have your skin looking and feeling great.

A powder foundation offers light, silky coverage over your face, making it a great choice for hot days or times when you know you’ll be spending hours under the sun. Youngblood’s Natural Mineral Foundation glides on smoothly and can give your face a fresh, dewy look that screams summer. To make your tan look even better, try to apply darker shades that will enhance your bronze skin tone.

These products are ideal for getting your day started off right, but when the sun goes down you’ll want to clean your skin with a make-up remover. Of course, you can’t always bring large bottles of face wash along in your bag, but pre-moistened cleansing wipes are great options for travelers. Removers like Rilastil’s Daily Care Make-Up Removing Wipes are just as effective as washing your face but can be thrown into a travel bag for your convenience.

Of course, you would be remiss to travel without packing sunscreen. Protecting your whole body from harmful rays – not to mention a potential embarrassing sunburn – is essential. Products like G.M. Collin’s Sun High Protection Cream offer a comprehensive body sunscreen at varying levels of SPF.

While your skin is rightfully receiving the bulk of your attention, you shouldn’t forget your lips. Bringing along lip gloss is a must, and some of the best options for wear during your getaway would have SPF included to protect your lips from the sun’s harsh rays. Consider a product like Colorescience Pro’s Sunforgettable Lip Shine Gloss with SPF 35.

At the end of the day, you’ll want to replenish your skin with the nutrients and hydration it needs. Try an After-Sun Hydrator like Phytomer’s Sun Soother After-Sun Milk for a smooth lotion that will moisturize your skin after hours outdoors.

Do you know how to create a flawless faux tan?

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Do you know how to create a flawless faux tan?

Now that beach season has arrived, it's time to start putting in the effort to look your best as you show more skin. With your Exuviance skincare products and summer-inspired makeup, you can revamp your appearance in time for the changing seasons. 

If you're interested in adding color to your skin, you might want to consider using a spray tanner or tanning lotion. However, it's important to exercise patience and take precautionary measures into account before applying these products to your body. Failing to do so can result in orange skin or an uneven faux tan.

To ensure that you get the results you want, O! The Oprah Magazine recommends only going two shades darker than your natural skin tone. This will give you a flawless look that truly seems like you spent a little time under the sun. Elle magazine states that you can also make sure that your tan looks beautiful by exfoliating your skin beforehand, giving yourself a clean palette to start.

If you're in doubt about your tanning abilities, don't hesitate to contact a professional to give you the beautiful glow you desire.