Self tanning tips for a sun-kissed look

Summer brings itsy-bitsy clothes and bikinis, but many of us are still pasty white from winter. What to do to get a healthy sun-kissed 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.


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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!

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