When the weather warms, we all want a fabulous summer tan without ruining our skin. Beauty expert Eva Scrivo shared her five-step plan for getting a perfect tan.
Step 1: Exfoliate
Use a good exfoliator on your face and body, such as natural boar-bristle exfoliating brushes or body exfoliants like YonKa Body Scrub. This helps to alleviate blotching of self-tanning color, because self-tanning absorbs more readily into dead skin cells in these areas. By removing the skin cells and evening out skin tone, the tanner can absorb more evenly.
Step 2: Moisturize
Add a moisturizer to body and face. On the body, you can use body oil, jojoba, or apricot kernel oils. This moisture provides skin with the "slippage" needed to distribute the tanning solution evenly without streaks.
Step 3: Apply Sunscreen
Choose a type that eliminates UVA and UVB rays. (UVA is what causes long-term damage, and UVB causes the immediate burn and tan damage.) Eva recommends YonKa Ultra-Protection or Mario Badescu's Suncare SPF 40. Another great product new to the market is La Roche-Posay's Anthelios SX, which is a combination moisturizer and SPF that blocks short- and long-band UVA, and UVB.
Step 4: Apply Self-Tanner
Application technique is the key to even color. Use even strokes to cover the area and apply until it has absorbed into the skin (don't leave wet spots). Avoid knees, elbows, and the tops of the hands. Allow this to dry completely, and then apply a second coat if you want a deeper color. Eva likes YonKa Auto-Bronzant, or Sally Hanson "Airbrush" tan.
Step 5: Dust On Shimmer or Bronzer
This top powder sets the tanner in place, and also adds an instant, natural glow. You can use a bronzer on the face or the body, and use a body shimmer on the body.
Yon-ka Phyto-Gel Exfoliant, Yon-Ka Gommage (facial exfoliant), and La Fee de Paris Facial Exfoliating Brush, www.evascrivosalon.com
Body oil, jojoba, or apricot kernel oils can be purchased at your local health food store or pharmacy; Yon-ka optimizer and Yon-Ka Huile-Corps (body oil), www.evascrivosalon.com
Mario Badescu Suncare (SPF 30), www.mariobadescu.com; Yon-ka Ultra Protection and La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX SPF 15 Daily Moisturizer, www.evascrivosalon.com
Yon-ka Auto-Bronzant, www.evascrivosalon.com; Sally Hansen "Airbrush Sun," www.sallyhansen.com
Shimmer or Bronzer
T. LeClerc Dore Bronzer, T. LeClerc Angled Blush Brush, T. LeClerc Angled Contour Brush, and La Fee de Paris Down Powder Puffs, www.evascrivosalon.com; Sally Hansen airbrush, www.sallyhansen.com
Eva Scrivo Salon
Mario Badescu Skin Care
320 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
Mail Order: 212-223-3728
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