Tone It! Tan It! Contouring Secrets

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This is the most amazing self tanning product out there yet. The Cannes Beach is a firming, anit-cellulite self tanner! Talk about a double whammie!

OK, so why use a self tanner? We all know the damaging effects of UV rays right? I must confess though, I DO take the sun often BUT I don’t take it on my face, I use self tanner!

In order to get a natural tan from ultraviolet light, your skin has to be injured! Self-tanners don’t damage your skin.

How Do Self Tanners Work?

The active ingredient in most sunless tanning products is the color additive, dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA is a colorless sugar that interacts with the dead cells located in the stratum corneum of the epidermis. As the sugar interacts with the dead skin cells, a color change occurs the skin’s surface to temporarily darken the skin and simulate a tan. This change usually lasts about five to seven days from the initial application. This is why exfoliating BEFORE you apply self tanners is important!

Every day, millions of dead skin cells are sloughed off or worn away from the surface of your skin. In fact, every 35 to 45 days, you have an entirely new epidermis. This is why tans from sunless- or self-tanning lotions will gradually fade — as the dead cells are worn away, so is your tan. For this reason, most of these products suggest that you reapply the sunless- or self-tanner about every three days to maintain your “tan.”

Fake It ‘Til You Make It…Contouring Tips

There is no doubt that adding a layer of self tan all over before you put your bikini on or slip into a little black dress will give you more than a tan. It will also give you a layer of confidence. Self tan alone gives the illusion of a more toned body, evens out your skin tone and help to cover unwanted veins or blemishes. To take it to the next level you can do some contouring to enhance your muscles. To do so, flex and find the shadow below your muscle and, using a small make up sponge, add an extra layer of your self tanner  to the shadow. Don’t go overboard with this, you are enhancing your tone not painting it on!

Step 1: Exfoliate your entire body in the shower with a loofah and shave all areas of the body you usually remove hair from.
Step 2: Moisturize dry areas of your body, typically around your feet, ankles, knees, hands, wrists and elbows with a light layer of lotion.
Step 3: Liberally apply self tanner with long, soft strokes to your entire body. Keep in mind it’s better to apply too much than too little, as the missed areas will give you a “streaky” uneven look.
Step 4: Shower about eight hours later to reveal your bronzed glow and to remove leftover cosmetic from your body. Then grab your self-tanner again and use a make up sponge to “paint” in lines where they naturally occur on your body.

On your abs: flex your muscles and paint down the center vertical line of your abdomen from just below your sternum to your belly button and repeat down the sides of your obliques.

On your arms: hold one arm out and flex your muscles. Paint a line of self-tanner between your bicep and triceps. Repeat on the other arm.

On your legs: apply an extra coat of self-tanner to the entire insides of your thighs and a bit more to the outer parts, leaving the middle section without as much tanner.

*If you were a bit too heavy handed with any of the above applications, you can always use a dry loofah to buff away lines after you have showered.

If you are weary of tanning yourself, make an appointment with a professional salon to get a spray tan. When there, ask them to create muscle definition for you — and don’t be embarrassed, they hear it all the time. Have fun!

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Once I have my desired color I like to add our Silk Stocking to further enhance that glow!

Let me know if you have tried contouring with self tanners & how it has worked for you.

Till next time…………………………

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