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4th-May-2008 03:39 pm
I'm trying to avoid going to the tanning salon this spring -- usually I go during the pre swimsuit season -- because of the fact that it's probably not the healthiest thing to do. However, I do so hate the whiteness of my pale, pale skin. I picked up a bottle of that self-tanning moisturizer, and was wondering if any of you guys had any experience with it. What's the best way to apply it, can I continue to use my regular lotions? Just basic tips and tricks of the trade. Thanks!
4th-May-2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
my biggest tip would be to exfoliate (especially elbows, knees, anywhere else skin can get rough) and be sure to wash your hands after you use the lotion.
4th-May-2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
I tried those about 15 years ago and turned orange - I'm hoping technology has improved since then.
4th-May-2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
it has! i had the same experience a long time ago (i don't really "need" it, but i was curious), but the new stuff is better.
4th-May-2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
I can't really help you there! I'm extremely pale, too, but I love it.
5th-May-2008 12:25 am (UTC)
I agree, just exfoliate and moisturise first. It says you don't have to, but it helps. Both the Johnson and Johnson and the Dove brands are good.

Have you thought about a spray tan? I've got a ball later this year and I was thinking about getting a professional spray tan and then just using the moisturisers after that.
5th-May-2008 01:20 am (UTC)
There is only one place in the city where I live that offers spray tans, and they charge twice as much as somewhere else. Otherwise, yeah, I'd probably do that.

So the moisturiser doesn't interact with the tanning stuff? I dont' want to be orange or purple or something because of a weird chemical thing.
26th-May-2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Definitely exfoliate. I'd suggest a 'gradual build' one since I've had better luck with those. I tried one of the 'instant tan' ones and it definitely turned me orangey. But with the gradual ones, you won't end up looking like a cheeto the next day since the color builds up and you can stop before the orange gets too orange. And if possible, have someone else apply the lotion on you, especially your back, because it's really easy to get streaky (no matter what the label says!) if you miss some spots.

Most of the popular tanning lotions can be used instead of lotion, since the "formula" is just whatever brand lotion plus color. I don't think it would affect the color if you used another lotion in addition to the tanning lotion. At least, it's never done anything crazy for me but I always use sensitive skin stuff without lots of chemicals. If you're worried about it, try a test spot somewhere not noticeable and see what happens.
15th-Feb-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Hi my name is Leah and I started a blog w/ my friend Ratna, Just want to share that I use Jergen's Natural glow to get that golden brown effect and it really works, I hope it works for u as well. :)
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