How to Fake the Bake…

Tip: How to Fake a Bake

When summer approaches, many people turn to indoor tanning to keep their skin golden. With all the studies out today on the damage of tanning beds, I recommend a safe alternative, a fake bake.

How to Get the Best Self Tan

  • Buff – Loofah gloves are the best and super cheap. ($1 a pair at most stores) Lather up with a nice cleansing gel and buff away dead, dry skin.  I like a cleanser with a little AHA’s in them like Sonya Dakar’s Daily wash in CARA CARA or Jan Marini BioGlycolic Body Wash with Glycolic Acid.
  • Prime the skin with a light moisturizer, paying extra attention to the knees, elbows, back of arms, and achilles.  Allow it to set in for about 10 minutes before moving on to step 3.
  • Tint… now you’re ready to start adding the color.  Use GLOVES! Apply in circular motions to keep coverage even.  To reach your back put lotion on a 3 foot strip of plastic wrap and sweep back and forth like a towel.
  • Start with a light tint and work up to a darker look. Layers are key!
  • Don’t forget to keep your skin moisturized to keep the look fresh longer and re-apply weekly.
  • And don’t leave off the SPF just because the sun is not out or because you are “tanner”. The more damaging UVAI rays may not be responsible for burns but are the cause of wrinkles, premature skin aging, DNA damage and skin cancer! Yikes!

More on Sunscreens…

Read your SPF labels to make sure that they cover UVA and UVB rays. UVB is the cause of 95% of all skin cancer according to a study done by Frederick Urback, MD of Temple University.
A great sunscreen is Colorescience brush on minerals. It comes in two tints or clear and has an SPF of 30  or 50  and is very water resistant. Another great one is Jan Marini‘s Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant—with PhytoMelanin™, SPF 30, and very water resistant. It protects and is anti-aging! Who doesn’t want that? And my fallback is always Neutrogena SPF 30 in the dry touch formula.

So HAUTE Skin lovers… What is your favorite Fake Bake move?

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