Bronzed Skin the Safe Way
If you weren't born with perfectly bronzed skin like that of Brazilian model Adriana Lima, it can be hard to achieve a summer glow without doing damage. So while soaking up the sun may seem like a solution, harmful rays can lead to premature aging, sun spots and more sinister situations like skin cancer. “There’s no such thing as a ‘safe tan’ when it’s obtained by UV rays,” says Hunt Valley, MD, dermatologist Karen Beasley, MD. “But the self-tanning formulations and methods on the market have made significant improvements in recent years, so getting a realistic tan is completely within reach.”
Self-tanners, and not those streaky, unpleasant scented products, can help you fake sun kissed-skin. Today’s offerings provide something for everyone and deliver realistic results. “The formulations are much better now because, although the tanning ingredient DHA hasn’t changed, the concentration of it, and the other ingredients involved, have,” explains Washington, DC, dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, MD.
When applying tanner to your face, first apply, and then take a little off. Use a damp washcloth or tissue to dab around the outskirts of your nose, as well as on the tip. “The water will remove a little color without any trace and create a bit of a contour that looks more natural,” self-tanning expert and owner of New York spray-tan salon Brownberry, Meredith Fish says. And if you make a mistake, either on your face or body, Fish says you can use any at-home generic facial bleach to fix it. “Mix the powder and cream together and allow it to sit on your fingers, palms or feet for five to 10 minutes. Rinse and your skin will return back to its original color.”