Now that the warmer weather has finally arrived, we all want to bear a little more skin… that is until we catch a glimpse on ourselves in the mirror and are practically blinded by the pale, white skin! Eeek!
Well, before you go running to the tanning beds, or (gasp!) get ready to lay out, let me tell you how you can have instant gratification and an immediate tan: Self Tanners! I know, I know, they certainly have had a bad reputation in the past, but trust me, there are some amazing ones out there!
Self tanners are a great way to get bronzed, tan skin in a very quick and fairly easy manner (Not to mention cancer-free!). There are, however, a few pointers that will make things a whole lot easier for you.
There’s no denying that there certain brands of self tanners turn skin orange while others don’t. What you’re looking for is a pretty, bronze color. Everyone’s skin is different, so it will be difficult to see what color a self tanner will turn on you until at least one hour after you first applied it. My advice is to do a test spot somewhere on your body before applying it all over. Some of my favorite self tanners have been Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel (Actually, any Clarin’s Sun Product is great!), St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Bronzing Lotion, and Dior Bronze Self-Tanner Natural Glow Face. All of these work really well with my super fair complexion and have little to no after stink.
I can not stress enough how important this step is! If you have any dry skin patches, then the color in the self tanner will cling to the dry skin making it darker then the rest of your skin giving very uneven color. This can be easily avoided by using any kind of body scrub before applying your self tanner. Pay special attention to the especially dry areas such as elbows, knees, and feet.
To achieve the perfect look, an even application of self tanner is crucial. I prefer using lotions, gels, or creams because I can take my time and really rub them into my skin. I keep massaging the product into my skin until it’s all absorbed. It takes a bit longer, but I’ve never had any streaking or uneven patches doing it that way. Spray tanners are great for quick dry time, but tend to dry a little too quickly for me, so be careful.
Tip Wash your hands!! If you don’t wash/scrub your hands after you’ve applied your self tanner, then the palm of your hands will “tan” and most likely in a very interesting pattern. Some people find that wearing latex gloves helps, but I find I get a more even application without using gloves.
So is self tanner friend, or foe? Well my darlings, in my opinion, they’re definitely a friend… if you know how to do it correctly, which now you do! You could also check out the spray tan scene (most salon’s have spray tan available these days). In any case, self tanning is a much safer alternative to having beautiful, bronze skin for Summer… or anytime!
I don’t know about you, but my hands get super dry this time of year. Winter weather can be especially harsh on anyone’s skin, but my hands are dry all the time! It’s partially because of my frequent hand washing (I’ve got 3 young boys and I work with the public), but I tell you I really do have to keep on top of it, or my dry hands and skin can go from a slight bother to major problem in no time.
As a professional makeup artist, my hands have to be clean and smooth at all times. Because of that, I’m always combating my dry hands with several weapons against dryness. Here are four things that I do to help treat my dry hands and prevent dryness from becoming a problem:
I cannot stress enough how important it is to find a really good, hydrating cream that’s specially made for your hands. Body cream or lotion just won’t cut it in this case. (Although it will work in a pinch and is better than nothing) Make sure to keep your hydrating cream on your hands at all times! I really like the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment (a relative of the original Eight Hour Cream I talked about yesterday!) because it’s super moisturizing without being greasy and I can still feel it on my skin even after I wash my hands. Love it!
Sometimes using the hand cream just isn’t enough and my hands need some extra TLC. When that happens, I like to do a little hand treatment at night. Your body is naturally healing and repairing itself at night, so this is the perfect time to do this. You’ll want to use a super rich cream like shea butter, or cocoa butter, to get your hands super soft. You may want to invest in some hand gloves made specifically for use with thick creams at night.
Far from being a kinky torture method, paraffin waxing helps make hands supple. The melted paraffin wax uses its natural warmth, which increases the circulation in your skin which in turn opens the pores in your hands so the wax can soften your skin. Done every now and then, it’s a great way to mix up your moisturizing.
Water helps bring in vital nutrients, but it also flushes the toxins out of your body. As such, without water your body would have increased amounts of toxins in it and believe me, nothing good can come of that. Be sure to drink plenty of water every day for healthy, younger looking skin.
Tip Use moisturizing soaps and warm, not hot, water to wash your hands. Doing so will help prevent your hands from drying out from washing.
Using these tips you’ll find your that dry hands, and your skin in general, will get back to the soft, supple, smooth skin you had when you were a kid. And while there’s no miracle cure for dry hands and skin, you’ll fight off anything causing them in the first place.
I don’t know about you, but this time of year it’s a real challenge for me to keep my skin from feeling dry and tight. (I hate that!) Maybe it’s the weather change, or the fact that the fireplace and heater are running more, but lately my skin has been unbelievably dry! So I decided to share a few more of my winter skin care tips for keeping your skin fresh, radiant and most importantly, hydrated!
Comprising between 45% and 70% of your body weight (depending on who you ask), water is not only necessary for life (you live without food for close to a month, but only about 10 days without water), but it’s also one of the best ways to keep your skin naturally moisturized.
After a shower, don’t rub down your body with the towel: pat down your body. Rubbing your skin can remove the natural oils your body produces and promote dry skin. Also be sure to put on your moisturizer as soon as possible to help keep your skin soft. This keeps the moisture in yoonur skin locked in instead of
In the Summer time, we tend to be less dry and want something light weight to put on your skin so it can still breathe through the heat. But as I mentioned, in the Winter your skin can dry out quickly. In many cases, the moisturizer you were using all Summer just won’t cut it when the cold, dry air of Winter chaps your skin. You really need to upgrade your moisturizer from a lotion to a cream. Many of the cosmetic companies offer the same formulation in both cream and lotion, making it a smooth transition.
Try mixing a little bit of your day cream and foundation together. This will help give your skin a little extra cushion of moisture throughout the day and prevent you from drying out. You can switch up how much moisturizer vs. foundation you use depending on how dry you are.
Sometimes we need a little extra help and a moisture mask is a great way to get that extra boost you need. There are all different kinds, but my favorite is the Rose Face Mask by Fresh. I love the way it melts into my skin and leaves it toned, radiant and soft. You can use it every day if you need to, but I usually use it once or twice a week and get fantastic results.
Tip Be sure to check the ingredients of your soap and facial wash products. Too much perfume or alcohol in the mix can wreak havoc on your skin. And be sure to use a face soap and not your body soap when washing your face. The skin on your face is much more delicate than the rest of you and should be handled appropriately.
Not too complicated, right? I hope that sharing my cures to Winter dry skin has helped enlighten you and prevent you from having to deal with the uncomfortable yuckiness that is dry skin. You can do it!