Beauty tips: apply self-tanner without leaving any stains |

Beauty tips
Apply the self-tanner without leaving any stains

Applied correctly, self-tanner ensures a beautiful, even summer tan. (Symbol image)

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Nice summer tan without harmful UV light? The keyword is self-tanner. This is how you apply the tan from the tube without leaving any stains.

It is well known that sunlight can damage the skin and cause it to age. The alternative for everyone who still does not want to do without tanned skin: self-tanners. The days of creams that smell bad or turn the skin orange are long gone. Self-tanners are now available in different consistencies, natural skin nuances and completely without the typical self-tanner odor. But one problem remains: How do you apply the tan from the tube without leaving any stains? The best tips for an even, natural summer tan.

Self-tanner: the right preparation

Before you apply self-tanner, the skin should be freed from dead, dry skin so that no unsightly spots appear later. So first off into the shower! Rub the entire body with an oil-free scrub, with special focus on the knees, elbows, ankles and heels. The peeling shouldn’t leave any residue on the skin. You should avoid shaving for at least 24 hours beforehand.

After the shower, dry off thoroughly and rub a little moisturizer on the knees, elbows, ankles and heels, as well as the nostrils and other dry parts of the body.

Find the right self-tanner

Finding the perfect self-tanner is not easy. First of all, you should decide on the consistency: mousse, cream or spray? Mousses are perfect for beginners as they are easy to rub and you can see an instant effect. This makes it easier not to miss any part of the body. Sprays, on the other hand, are good for areas of the body that are not easy to reach, such as the back. If you just want to achieve a light tanning effect, you can use the cream and mix it with a normal moisturizer.

Then it comes to the color nuance: For a natural look you should use the self-tanner, which is a shade darker than your own skin tone. With some self-tanners, you can decide for yourself how deeply they tan: the sooner you shower off after applying, the lighter the tan.

Apply the self-tanner without leaving any stains

It is best to work from the feet up when applying the self-tanner. To avoid staining your hands, fingers and palms, you should use a special self-tanning glove or an old washcloth that you can put your hand in. When you reach your chest, go along your arms – do not spare the inner surfaces and even the armpits! Stop at the wrists.

Then it goes to the face: Take off your gloves and work with your hands. For the more sensitive facial skin there are usually special self-tanners or even drops that can be mixed with the normal moisturizer. Here, too, the following applies: Do not leave out any areas, including under the eyes, on the eyelids and up to the ears, so that no unsightly edges appear. Then wash your hands thoroughly.

Last but not least, the supreme discipline of applying self-tanner. Do not apply any new lotion to the glove for the hands, instead massage the slightly damp glove over the hands and bend the fingers to get into the little finger folds and gaps.

Then let the self-tanner work in and let it dry for as long as possible – preferably while standing. Some self-tanners have to be showered off after one to three hours of exposure, with all others: at least eight hours not to shower or bathe. For a particularly long-lasting result, moisturize the skin regularly.