No matter the season, a sun-kissed glow is always in fashion. Tan skin evens out your skin tone, camouflages blemishes, and gives you a fresh, healthy look. But what’s a girl to do to get that glow in the winter? How can you give your legs a shimmery summer look while donning those short white dresses for your holiday parties? You could spend money laying in a tanning bed, but there are certainly other ways to get the look that are a lot safer. Here’s the best way to do it.
Exfoliation is “the process of removing the topmost layer of dead skin cells.” It can be done with chemicals or with physical scrubbing. Scrubbing away those layers of dead skin will give you a fresh new surface to work with. It allows for more effective penetration of products like moisturizers so you are better able to hydrate your skin. This gives it a more youthful, dewy glow. It also gives you a smoother palette for bronzers and other products, which prevents a flaky, caked on appearance. However, if you have any serious skin conditions, such as inflammatory acne or active herpes, you should see a specialist or family doctor at a facility such as a healthcare center in Waterbury, CT.
If you have no serious skin conditions or have been cleared by your physician, you can begin your exfoliation routine. This can be achieved in several ways. Dry brushing involves using a natural soft-bristled brush and scrubbing your skin in circular motions to remove dead skin cells. You can also purchase or make your own body scrub that you can apply all over your body in or before your shower. These usually contain some sort of scrubbing beads or rough ingredients, such as salt or sugar. They also typically contain a moisturizing agent like coconut oil or cocoa butter. In addition to these methods, there are plenty of products you can buy to scrub off the dead skin, such as loofah sponges, scrubbing gloves, peels, and textured cloths.
Apply a spray tan
Spray tanning is the best way to make your skin glow without risking skin cancer. And it isn’t restricted to the cheap bottles of orange bronzer you can buy over the counter. But nowadays, most tanning salons and a lot of beauty salons offer spray tan booths where they spray every inch of your body with a soft, glowing bronzer. Be careful with what you ask for, though, as you can definitely still come out looking like a carrot if you go a shade too dark. Check reviews to ensure that you’re going to someone who knows what they’re doing.
In addition to spray tans, there are solutions you can buy over the counter, as we mentioned. One of the best types of products you can use is a lotion that produces gradual results. These are often called gradual self-tanners. These are great because you can start applying them a week or so before your holiday party, and stop when you’ve reached the perfect level of darkness for you.
Apply your makeup strategically
Learning how to apply bronzer to your face for an added glow can make all the difference in your appearance. Using a large, soft contour brush, lightly sweep bronzer across your hairline, cheekbones, and jawline. Then apply a highlighter subtly to the areas where your face naturally catches light — above the brow bone, on top of the cheekbone, and the tip of your nose. It also helps to use shimmery holiday eyeshadows in golds, bronzes, or sparkling whites to enhance the shading. There are also a lot of contouring techniques to visually reshape your features if you feel you need the illusion of a nip, tuck, or nose job. Just be sure to blend bronzers and highlighters well to avoid unnatural coloring.