Best Drugstore Self-Tanner - Loreal Sublime Bronze Review & How to useFriday, September 24, 2010
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I loooove this! I never used self-tanners because I was always scared I would be streaky or it wouldn't look natural. But this one is the most natural looking tanner that I have ever used.
It makes a streak-free tan that goes on great and doesn't have an icky smell. It does not rub off at all on clothes and doesn't come off in the shower. It is slightly tinted so you can see where you are applying it and if you have not even rubbed it in somewhere. The tan takes about an hour to develop. And if you make a mistake, like finding a dark spot that did not get rubbed in, you can easily scrub it off or use alcohol to blend it (i used my facial toner and it blended it right in)!
How I Use It:
First i exfoliate! This is a must! It gets all the dead skin off and preps your skin so the tanner applies evenly all over and not cling to dry patches. I use Burt's Bees Cranberry and Pomegranate Body Scrub. I love this stuff. It works so well and is not too harsh.
After exfoliating, I shave my legs. I find that I get the best application on my legs when there is no hair. After exfoliating and shaving, wash everywhere good with a body wash or soap that does not leave a residue on skin. I use Dove's Go Fresh Body Wash in Pomegranate. Any Dove product does not leave skin sticky. You want your skin completely clean for the best application.
Then I use gloves. I prefer to use gloves because I don't want my palms to get stained. If you don't have gloves, you just need to keep washing your hands while your putting it on because if it sits for a while it will stain.
I apply it starting from my legs and work my way up. I do not directly apply it to my knees or elbows. I just blend what is left across them. This is the same with my hands and feet, I just use what is left on my hands. I found that this works best so you don't have dark knees or elbows.
When you apply it to each section of your arm, let it dry before you even move your arm! I just kept applying it all over and I got crease lines on the inside of my elbows from where I was bending my arm when it was wet. It made the inside of my elbows white with like a dark ring around it. So let areas dry before you move!
Also, let it fully dry before you get dressed. Even thought this does not come off on clothes, I like to wait about 30 minutes and then put on something loose. I like to do this at night and not shower until the next night, or even the next morning.
I think it fades a tiny bit after each shower. If you keep applying it, you will get darker and darker. I find that I get the best color after 2 to 3 uses. I do it about every 2 days until I get my color then stop for a week. This will last you about a week before you have to fully reapply.
It might be a pain to do this every week, but that is a LOT better than 20 minutes in the tanning bed every other day!
YAY to tan skin, without the cancer, wrinkles, leather, and damage! :)
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