Tip: How to Fake a Bake
When Winter approaches, many people turn to indoor tanning to keep their skin golden. With all the studies out today on the damage of tanning beds, I recommend a safe alternative, a fake bake.
How to Get the Best Self Tan
- Buff before you bronze. Loofah gloves are the best and super cheap. ($1 a pair at most stores) Lather up with a nice cleansing gel and buff away dead, dry skin.
- Prime the skin with a light moisturizer, paying extra attention to the knees, elbows, back of arms, and achilles.
- Tint... now you're ready to start adding the color. Apply in circular motions to keep coverage even.
- To reach your back put lotion on a 3 foot strip of plastic wrap and sweep back and forth like a towel.
- Start with a light tint and work up to a darker look.
- Don't forget to keep your skin moisturized to keep the look fresh longer.
- And don't leave off the SPF just because the sun is not out. The more damaging UVAI rays may not be responsible for burns but are the cause of wrinkles, premature skin aging, DNA damage and skin cancer! Yikes!
More on Sunscreens...
Read your SPF labels to make sure that they cover UVA and UVB rays. UVB is the cause of 95% of all skin cancer according to a study done by Frederick Urback, MD of Temple University.
A great sunscreen is Colorescience brush on minerals. It comes in two tints or clear and has an SPF of 30 (the highest SPF allowed by law! All those 50 or above are a total scam) and is very water resistant. Another great one is Jan Marini's Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant—with PhytoMelanin™, SPF 30, and very water resistant. It protects and is anti-aging! Who doesn't want that? And my fallback is always Neutrogena SPF 30 in the dry touch formula.