Tricks to Self-Tanning Your Body Like a Pro
Your step-by-step guide to getting bronzed, beautiful skin sans the sun
Step 1: Investigate"Choosing the right brand of product is the most important first step," advises Locke. Fortunately and unfortunately, there are so many self-tanning products on the market that choosing the best one for you can be a daunting task. Locke recommends going with a reputable brand and spending time perusing products in the store. Sample and test creams, sprays, lotions and mousses and see how they work with your skin tone. Smell them to make sure their scent isn't bothersome to you. Also, go online and look at reviews -- seeing what other people have to say can help steer you in the right "orange-less" or stink-free direction. Read self-tanner reviews here.
As for trying to decipher the ingredients in order to make a smart self-tanner choice? Forget about it. Locke says most self-tanners have the same basic ingredients that give you color, but it's the amount of each of the ingredients (which isn't listed) that will either make you gorgeously bronzed or Oompah Loompah orange. The right combination of ingredients will give a caramel, coco-based color instead of orange, which is what you want, says Locke.
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