That gorgeous beach glow.
I think it’s my favorite summer accessory. The light smattering of freckles that appears on my lightly (read: LIGHTLY) tanned skin after a day at the beach with some SPF 50.
As soon as that tan starts to fade in mid-late September, the carefree breeziness of summer seems to fade too. The air gets crisp, sweaters come out, the sun sets earlier, and chilled apple martinis get traded out for hot apple cider.
BUT with the onset of amazing self tanning products – products that don’t leave you pumpkin colored and smelling faintly of a freshly painted garage – it’s possible to keep that summer glow glowing all fall long.
So here is our fall guide to sunless tanning greatness.
1. Exfoliate Before Tanning
Exfoliation is a crucial part of self-tanning and something that most people ignore. Those blotchy patches of brown/orange that have burned you (buh dum ching) in the past are actually areas of dry, uneven skin that have stained more than the rest of your even, hydrated skin. It’s a fact that self-tan applies better on fresh and revitalized skin.
To keep these blotchy patches from ruining your day, we recommend JUARA’s Candlenut Body Polish. The unique properties of this scrub provide both hydration and exfoliation… and can be used almost immediately before applying self tanner.
2. Double Hydrate The Creases
Knees, elbows, ankles, fingers and toes are the devil of self- tanning. After scrubbing your whole body down the the Candlenut Body Polish, add an extra level of hydration to those problem areas with JUARA’s Candlenut Body Creme to keep color from settling in places you don’t want it to.
3. Follow Directions
You may think you’re the queen of self tanning and there’s nothing on the back of that bottle you don’t already know, but every product is DIFFERENT. Some say to apply with your bare hands, some have an applicator mitt (like my favorite St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse), some are ok for face, some aren’t, some say to shower 2-3 hours after application, some say not to shower for 24 hours. You get the point. Make sure you take a moment to read the instructions so that you know you’re doing the right thing.
4. And If You Make A Mistake…
It’s correctable! Pour lemon juice onto a cotton swab and dab the area. Every product is different, but generally you can re-apply when it starts fading. If you get a patch attack over time (like on day 4 when things are starting to fade) follow the same rules as above and you’ll have a great tan again in no time!