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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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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Seven Must See London Beauty and Shopping Locations

Traveling to London? It is a wonderful city for shopping and salon services! Check out these seven must see stops for all things in makeup, hair and beauty.

Fenwick London

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(1) Fenwick describes itself as the UK’s most exciting department store. Fenwick began as a hair accessories boutique, and is now a full department store featuring luxury goods. It is an especially good stop for shoes, handbags, and exclusive cosmetic lines. For luxury shopping at it best, make it a stop on your beauty and fashion shopping tour.

(2) Harrods is another top department store worthy of any shopping trip experience. With seven floors of luxury goods, you could spend all day, and easily spend a small fortune in one location. This is the go-to place for all of the top luxury brands.

(3) Need a new cut or style? When it comes to finding hairdressers in London, there are many great ones to choose from. From celebrity and television favorite Andrew Barton to Daniel Hersheson, a favorite of Vogue staffers, you can find a top notch cut or style for your days and nights out visiting the city. Some salons also use salon appointment software for easy scheduling, or simply ring them up and book your appointment.

(4) Check out Spa London for good values with a full menu of services. This full service spa offers everything from standard treatments to pools and steam rooms.  With its extensive selection of items, it is a great choice if you want to be able to get a variety of services or just plain can’t decide what you want. There is something there for everyone.

(5) As  a runner up to Spa London, if you likes pools and baths, try the Porchester Spa, which also offers affordable basic services and a great selection of pools and baths. This is the perfect place for all of you Turkish bath lovers, but you can also get an affordable massage while you are there too.

Fingernail Art

(6) Get chic nail art done at the trendy WAH Nails salon. The salon specializes in nail art and, with locations in TopShop stores, they are easy to find and are also affordable. Indeed, some credit WAH with making nail art into the current trend that it is today. While at TopShop, also do some shopping for affordable and highly on-trend clothes.

(7) Boots on Oxford Street is a must do affordable beauty stop in London. this large store is perfect for stocking up on all of your favorite Boots skin care items and cosmetics. Aside from their own line of products, Boots sells the popular Models Own nail polish line and the truly wonderful Soap and Glory line of skin and bath products. I particularly love Soap and Glory hand cream!


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