Our beauty editor, Victoria Kirby, was on The Weekend Today show to talk about self-tanners. Tis the season, after all! In case you missed it, here's everything you need to know:
AT A SALON
- Scrub. Getting rid of any dry skin will make the tanner go on much more evenly, so exfoliate the morning of your appointment. We like Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish to do the job.
- Time it right. Make sure you can head right home after your appointment, because you're going to look super-dark immediately afterward-and the tanner has to stay on your skin for 8 to 10 hours before you shower.
- Choose your method. Airbrushing-where an aesthetician sprays your body-costs between $80 and $100, and many people prefer it because there's little risk of streaks. However, you have to really strip down-the less you wear, the better. (Ok, you can wear a black bikini, if you don't mind it getting a little trashed with tanner. Also, most salons offer disposable underwear.) Spray-tan machines are much cheaper (about $30 to $40 a shot) and they're really fast-a minute or so. But you may have to smooth the color a bit on your own, especially on your hands and feet.
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- Scrub. See above. This is not optional!
- Moisturize. Certain dry spots, like the knees, heels, and elbows, may absorb extra tanner. Put a light layer of moisturizer on them. But don't apply it on the rest of your body-that can lead to streaks. Tanner absorbs best on dry skin.
- Don't make a mess. If you're using any product that sprays, get in the shower with the curtain closed.
- Hit all the hot spots. Speaking of sprays (like St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Spray), they are the best for reaching out-of-the-way spots like the back.
- Fix mistakes. You can use a makeup sponge or a sponge brush (from a paint store) to smooth out visible edges or dark patches. Even better, have a self-tanner remover, like Model Co Tan Remover Exfoliating Scrub, to do the job.
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-- Jillian Mackenzie, Deputy Editor
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