How to Apply Self Tanner and Remove Streaks

There are many benefits to using a tanning product at home. You don’t need an appointment, it’s a lot cheaper than going to a salon and it’s healthier than using tanning beds or exposing your skin to the effects of the sun. It can be tricky to get right, though, and you can end up with streaks or dark patches. However, there are ways to prevent this happening or sort out the problem if it occurs.

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Prepare well

Smooth, moisturised skin is a much better base to apply your personalized instant tan product. The best way to get your skin ready is by exfoliating and moisturising it prior to applying the tan. Pay special attention to anywhere you feel is a problem area, such as knees, elbows or the backs of your hands. Any skin that is rough or dry is more likely to take the lotion badly, so make sure you deal with all dry areas before you start the application.

Gather everything you need before you start, because if you need to remove excess lotion, the longer it takes to do it, the more likely it is to cause a stain or streak. You should have at least one application mitt and, if possible, some protective gloves, such as plastic or latex, to wear under the mitt in case of leaking. Also, it’s a good idea to keep some dry cotton buds to hand, which you can use to buff small areas, such as around the nose; this will allow you to blend the lotion seamlessly.

Take your time

Once you have allowed the moisturiser to soak in thoroughly and secured your hair safely out of the way, apply a barrier cream, such as petroleum jelly, to your eyebrows and your hairline to prevent accidental staining. Don’t rush the process. Start with your face and apply the product using a circular motion, adapting the size of the circles depending on the space you are trying to fill.

Blend all edges as you go along and don’t forget about the areas you can’t see, such as behind your ears and the back of your neck. Even though you can’t see them, other people can.

Stop and check using two mirrors to make sure you haven’t left any streaks or gaps. Proceed to your body, using a long-handled application tool to do places that are hard to reach and ending with your hands and feet. You will need to do some careful blending at your wrists and ankles to avoid ‘tide marks’; simply buff these areas with very small circular motions, using a second, clean mitt if you find that easier.

Finishing touches

The full effect of the tan is likely to take several hours to develop completely, but before that happens, you should check carefully for signs of streaks and buff them away as you did at your wrists. The longer you can avoid putting clothes on, the better and when you finally get dressed, try to wear loose clothing.

To avoid having to wear anything too soon, it’s a good idea to apply products such as these at night or, at least, not too close to when you’ll need to go out. Once the process is complete and your tan is dry and has achieved its full colour, exfoliate again and moisturise after this and after every shower. Even if you’ve had problems getting a good finish in the past, by following this advice, you can obtain a very professional-looking tan.

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream

This is a Reader Review from Renee. Thanks Renee for the review!

I discovered The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream when I started law school eight years ago. Let’s just say the long days that started early with classes and didn’t end until the library closed at 11PM did nothing for the skin around my eyes. I quickly developed dark circles and puffiness. Since I didn’t want to spend the next three years of my life looking like a raccoon, I scoured the stores for an eye cream that was effective, yet gentle and safe for contact lens wearers. This product was a winner.

Body Shop Vitamin E

My immediate draw to the eye cream was the overall feel of it. The cream is thick and loaded with vitamin E. Its non-greasy formula glides on smooth and absorbs quickly into the skin. I was able to put it on in the morning and then layer my sun protection and makeup over it minutes later. Best of all, I noticed that the dark circles beneath my eyes were lighter after the first application. After about a week of continued application both in the morning and before bed, the puffiness diminished as well.

Due to the cream’s high vitamin E content, the skin around my eyes was left moisturized and supple. This was a good thing, considering how all my squinting at those books could have caused crow’s feet! I also like how the product is made with mostly botanical ingredients. My skin tends to be sensitive to products containing a large number of harsh chemicals. This eye cream doesn’t contain those. The manufacturer, The Body Shop, prides itself on carrying products which list ingredients found in nature and have no animal testing.

The only downside to this product is that it doesn’t contain any age-fighting ingredients. If you are concerned about wrinkles or broken capillaries, then you may want to look for an eye cream specifically tailored to address those areas. Otherwise, Vitamin E Eye Cream is suitable for those with sensitive skin or are looking to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s been five years since I’ve graduated law school, but this eye cream is still a class act for me. I’m thirty years old and I use it every day. For more information on this product, check it out here:  Vitamin E Eye Cream

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St. Ives Mineral Therapy Body Wash Review

Below is a reader review of St. Ives Mineral Therapy Body Wash.

Sometimes, having skin break outs and black head just means that you are not taking care of your skin as well as you should. Getting the right body wash however, can work to transform your life in ways you never imagined. St. Ives Mineral Therapy Body Wash combines various minerals such as potassium and calcium that enhance healthy cell generation resulting to healthier and fairer skin. Unlike other body wash products that are packed with chemicals which affect your skin, this particular body wash contains natural ingredients such as chamomile, cocoa butter and oatmeal which are all good for your skin.

St Ives Mineral Body Wash

St Ives Mineral Therapy comes in a light weight container that is easy to hold and store.  The wash has a lightly gritty texture that is not too coarse on the skin but works well enough to exfoliate your skin effectively. It contains essential minerals and a great number of natural ingredients, including green tea and jojoba, making it perfect for your skin. The was works quite well to clear up break outs and acne scars.  A downside of the product is that it is not always easily available in the stores, so you might want to try ordering online.

If you are looking for a mineral therapy bath that will leave you feeling rejuvenated, fresh and replenished, St. Ives Mineral Therapy Bath is definitely one that you should try.

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