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Contrary to what most of my friends from the mainland think, moi don’t go to the beach that often. I know it’s a shame considering that I live in Hawaii, and yeah five minutes away from Aulani Disney. So when my SILs visited the ohana two months ago, t’was the perfect opportunity to soak up the sun big time. Sissies went all out tan sans sunscreen while the skincare junkie in me was consciously reapplying every two hours. At one point, they told me “you need color, your legs look like haole (local slang for white)”. I laughed because it’s true, my legs and inside arm are undeniably fairer than the rest of my body. Shoot, time to tan then!
|ignore the toes please. but you can’t go to the beach w/o taking photos of your feet right?|
I will not repeat what you already know. Moreso, I will not write what you can instantly google- how to self-tan! What I will tell you isn’t even rocket-science, technique is relative and experience is personal. But three things I need to emphasize ‘tho (1) you need to exfoliate before you tan regardless of the brand you’re using (2) use application mitt for even blending and to avoid staining your palms (3) moisturize dry areas such as heels, elbows and knees to prevent over-saturating them. You bet I learned from past horrific mistakes!
Recently, I had the opportunity to try Beautisol Self-Tanning Mousse in medium/tan ($39, 8 fl.oz). It came in such perfect timing because I really do self-tanning during summer months. Just so you know, Beautisol is cruelty-free, vegan, paraben and propylene-glycol free. It’s the brainchild of fellow beauty blogger and licensed aesthetician Sinead Norenius from SelfTanningQueen.com
The nitty-gritty. If you’re no stranger to self-tanners, then you know that distinctive fragrance from the chemical DHA (dihydroxyacetone). Technically, DHA has no scent but when it reacts with skin’s amino acids, it does smell along with tanning. Beautisol surprisingly smells delectable during application. As the color develops, there’s a hint of caramel but with very faint DHA scent, as least that’s what my olfactory cells detected. As mentioned earlier, it’s a must to use application mitt so I encourage you to buy one ($8 from Beautisol website). My sample didn’t come with it but no biggie because I have spare from another tanner.
Generally, I like to tan at night (after shower) so I wake up to a gorgeous color. Plus, it’s recommended not to wet yourself at least 8 hours to allow longer time for color development. To give you an idea, below are photos of my forearm (before) and how it tanned the morning after.
…. yeah, I woke up like ‘dis. Of course not literally with side ponytail and bangs but makeup-free and tan that can pass for a surfer!
As to the longevity of my new tan? approximately three days before minor fading starts. Is it patchy? no if you exfoliate your skin every once in a while. Does it dry fast after applying? yes, in about two minutes. Does it dry out the skin? no, but I highly suggest applying lotion or moisturizer after tanning.
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Have you tried Beautisol? Do you self-tan as well? Any tips you want to share?