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How to get glowing summer skin

Welcome summer with healthy, beautifully tanned skin – without going in the sun. Self-tanners are probably one of the most beloved (and most abused) products in beauty. As a beauty expert, I am often asked are there any self-tanners that really work and don’t streak?

woman with tan

The reality is that your self-tanner may not be the problem. Don’t worry – I am going to share with you how the professionals do it.

Self-tanners react with the proteins in your skin to provide a healthy tone on the surface. Your body’s normal function of shedding dead skin cells is totally counter-productive, creating uneven coloring and shortening the time between applications. But with these simple steps, you can lengthen the life of your tan and get a great glow!

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

Before applying any self-tanner, make sure to shower, shave and then use a large grain body exfoliator to scrub away all the dead skin cells. Pay special attention to any dry, rough skin areas – like elbows, heels, knees, etc.

Don’t stray too far from your shade

Choose a self-tanner that is closer to your skin tone, not the final color you desire. A lot of women choose a color that is too dark, but they streak easy and make it obvious when you miss a spot.

moisturizerMoisturize dry spots

Apply a light moisturizer to your elbows, knees, heels, tops of your feet and backs of your hands at least 10 minutes before applying the self-tanner. Dry, rough skin will absorb more of the self-tanner and create darker, uneven areas.

Mind your hands and feet

When applying, use latex gloves to protect your hands. Start at your ankles and work your way up one leg at a time, using small circular motions. When done, remove the gloves. Use a makeup sponge to blend over the tops of your feet and backs of your hands.

Review your work, then reapply

Wait several hours for the self-tanner to develop, and then you can apply again or even the next day to help deepen your tan. Also, if you miss a spot, the second application will help overcome any mistakes. Once you have a base self-tan, you can always choose a darker shade, but don’t do it too fast. You want your tan to look natural and even.

Extend the duration of your tan

Apply a lightweight moisturizer every morning and again at night to help extend the length of your tan. Do not use an exfoliator again until you are ready to re-start the cycle. Also, please be aware that a self-tanner can look natural, but it is not a base tan. If going out in the sun, make sure to wear appropriate SPF protection.


With these simple tips, you will be turning heads and making everyone jealous! You go girl!

David Pollock is a global beauty expert who has formulated products for some of the most recognized names in the business. He is a published author, radio personality and was recently named one of the “20 to Know” by Global Cosmetics Industry. Today, David is empowering women to take control of their health and beauty. Subscribe to his free newsletter at

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