Self-tanners have come a looooong way in the last decade. We all remember the first time we tried self-tanning at home, or even in a salon. While we attempted a bronzed goddess vibe, it often turned into an epic orange FAIL. Something to laugh about to say the least...
Times have also changed in society's view of what appears most beautiful. Remember in the early 2000’s? The darker the tan the better, and this resulted in horrible skin damage caused by obsessive use of tanning beds for many. Nowadays, it’s more of a healthy “glow” we strive for, and it’s not just for summer, it’s year round. Thankfully we have learned how to obtain a sun-kissed glow, without the harmful rays. Better formulated self-tanners no longer leave us looking like an orange and streaky mess.
Although many formulas are better and more realistic, if you don’t prep the skin accordingly, you can still set yourself up for a less than perfect application. If you don’t know already or are new to the self-tanning game, exfoliation is VITAL. Regardless of if you are using foam, a mousse, spray or anything else for that matter; dry skin is likely to leave you with a patchy and uneven finish. This is where coffee skincare comes in and makes it insanely easy to feel confident in our skin. Yay!
Fivesso Coffee Skincare offers bar soap that when used regularly will properly cleanse, mildly exfoliate and moisturize all at once. Using this in your shower will prevent drying of the skin in the first place, and stripping of the skin that chemical based products can cause.
Take it a step further on the day or eve of when you plan on applying the tanner. Prior to getting in the bath or shower, take some time to dry brush the skin. We personally like this one! Using circular motions, and moving in the direction of the heart, gently brush and massage your entire body. This not only sloughs off old dry skin, it also helps aid in the appearance of cellulite. (cha-ching!) Keep in mind that if you are currently suffering from any type of skin condition such as eczema, exfoliating the skin is not recommended.
Regardless of if you're soaking in the tub, or standing in the shower, do the scrubbing towards the end of the wash. This allows the skin to soften and dry skin to be removed easier. Fivesso Coffee Scrubs are perfect for removing dry skin in an all natural, 100% organic way. The coffee grounds gently exfoliate and organic oils leave it feeling moisturized and ready for a smooth application.
After exfoliating, make sure that if you plan on shaving, this is when you do it. This will be the final step toward incredibly smooth, dewy and beautiful skin. BONUS: All that exfoliation is also preventative for ingrown hairs!
Find a formula that you feel comfortable using. Read reviews and always do a spot test! There are a ton on the market that no longer have that odd smell, or sticky feeling. If you are a newbie, keep in mind that a gradual tanner might be best for you and always pay attention to skin tone. You don’t want to be naturally very light skinned and grab a formula recommended for “dark skin”. You can click here for an up to date list on the top-rated self tanners in 2020.
At the end of the day, having a bit of color has a way of making many of us feel better. Color can sort of camouflage certain imperfections such as acne, cellulite etc. If it’s something you’ve tried in the past and struggled with, don’t be afraid to give it another try. Products have improved greatly.
Remember, you look beautiful in any skin tone. We’re just here to help you feel your best, whatever that means to you.
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