Summer brings itsy-bitsy clothes and bikinis, but many of us are still pasty white from winter. What to do to get a healthyÂ sun-kissedÂ glow without exposing the world to your pasty white legs? Self tan can be the answer – if used correctly.
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How do you go about achieving a healthy glow and avoid turning orange? I’ve found that self tanners that builds a gradual tan works better for me. A gradual self tan minimise the risk of streaks and blotches. I’ve used different types of self tan over the years – from creams to sprays to mousse. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze gradual self tanning cream (available at Dischem) is my favourite.
Palmer’s self tan cream smells like cocoa butter, but there is still that distinct self tan smell, especially after a couple of hours of wearing it. Here are a few tips for a streak-free tan.
- Exfoliate before applying the self tan, this will ensure that the tan is even and not blotchy
- With Palmer’s self tan cream, you don’t need to apply moisturizer beforehand
- Starting from your feet, apply the self tan evenly all over your body
- Once you’re done, use a wet cloth to “dilute” the self tan on tell-tale places like your knees, elbows and inner arms
- Remember to wash your hands, otherwise you’ll end up with orange hands
- Wait 20 minutes for the self tan to absorb before getting dressed
- If possible, wear dark and loose fitting clothes for the rest of the day
- Don’t shower or bath for at least 8 hours after applying self tan
You will need to apply Palmer’s self tan two or three times before seeing a real difference. Be careful to not go overboard, remember the aim is to get a healthy glow. Happy summer!