Tips for Self-Tanning in the Winter


Let’s face it, during wintertime, most people’s skin looks quite dull and washed out. The weather combined with a lack of sun can cause you to sport a pale or grey tinge, regardless of how stunning your natural skin tone is. This may not change regardless of how many skincare products that you use.

If you are tired of looking as though you have only recently got over a bout of flu, then sunless tanning is the only option left for you. Of course, considering the condition of your skin, this can be a little difficult to pull off in the winter. So here are some of the tricks that you can try out that are bound to leave you glowing.

Exfoliate Thoroughly

Winter can result in a build-up of dry skin. Not only is this quite unsightly and can dull your complexion, it can also make it more difficult to apply self-tanning products. See, the foam or lotion will adhere to the dead skin cells rather than the new skin. As such, you will be left with odd-looking streaks that can be quite difficult to get rid of. With this in mind, one of the first things that you will need to do is to get rid of any old skin cells that are lingering. Body brushes, scrubs, and loofahs can help you to do this. You will just need to remember to exfoliate all over your body including your back as well.

Prevent Dry Skin

Now that you have managed to get rid of the previous layer of dry skin, it is important to ensure that you will not have any more to deal with. The reason that your skin tends to get drier during the winter is simple. Since the humidity levels in the air are at considerably low levels, water has a tendency to evaporate from your skin faster. This makes it quite difficult for your skin to maintain its protective layer. The good news is that once you have exfoliated, your skin will have an easier time absorbing the moisturizer. This, in turn, will allow you tan to look more even and can also help to add a glow.

Use the Product Gradually

In the summertime, you may be able to get away with looking a lot darker than your natural complexion. In the wintertime, however, it can be a little more obvious. Not to mention, if you do overshoot and end up with an orange look, it is going to be quite noticeable. So, it is important to proceed with caution and stay within two shades of your natural skin tone. Also, when applying the product, do it gradually. First, apply a light layer and see what it looks like. The beauty of self-tanner is that you can continue to layer until you get your ideal shade. Due to this, you will find it a smoother transition if you begin with a lighter shade and go from there.

Hopefully, these guidelines are going to make it easier for you to sport a gorgeous tan in those bleak months.