The fact that auto bronzers are bad for the skin is of course a misconception. It seems that if something stains the skin, it penetrates deeply and disrupts the natural course of things. This is not true. The latest generation autobronzers are completely safe, as only the upper layers of the epidermis are stained, that is, in fact, the dead layer of cells. By the way, the specific smell of self-tanning products is precisely the smell that is produced by the chemical reaction that occurs between the active components of autobronzers and the amino acids of proteins on the skin surface. However, it is completely harmless ─ like the fake tan itself. Autozagar is often called "a tan recommended by dermatologists", because with this option there is not even minimal damage to the skin by ultraviolet light, the photoaging process does not start, and dehydration does not occur.
Can I use the same product for my face as I do for my body?
Not desirable. The difference between these funds is not in the dosage of the bottle and shades, but in the concentration of the active components in the composition. The body naturally needs more of them. In addition, all face products must undergo additional control for hypoallergenicity and ophthalmological safety. And even in spite of this, it is impossible to apply autobronze to the area around the eyes: the skin there is too thin and delicate, differing in quality even from the skin of the face ─ for “tanning” in the periorbital area, you will have to use decorative means of correction.
How to avoid dry skin?
The most famous coloring component used in car bronzers is dihydroxyacetone (which has nothing to do with nail polish removers). Despite the complex chemical name, it is just sugar of natural origin, and it is he who enters into a "coloring" reaction with skin proteins. But, alas, it has a serious drawback - this chemical compound draws moisture from the skin. Therefore, if it acts as the main ingredient in the product, then dryness cannot be avoided. On the other hand, the composition of modern self-tanners has long been modernized, and instead of one dihydroxyacetone, a complex of ingredients is used that not only tones the skin, but also cares for it, moisturizing and nourishing.
How to apply correctly?
Orange stripes, spotted shins and knees, red palms - all those who have used self-tanning, without exception, are familiar with these problems. If you can't cope with them for a long time, you can be completely disappointed in the autobronze (or in your ability to apply it normally). Don't be discouraged, there are some simple secrets to perfect fake tanning.
- Prepare your skin. The first manipulation to avoid stains is a light exfoliation. Remember when we said that when self-tanning occurs, it stains dead skin particles? Red spots, of course, appear where they have accumulated the most, so take a scrub and pay special attention to your elbows, knees … in general, the whole body. Shaving and epilation with wax or sugar is also a kind of peeling, but they can be practiced at least 24 hours before using a self-tanner so that irritated hair follicles have time to calm down.
- Moisturize your skin. Auto bronzer will never lie flat on dry skin, so be sure to first apply a moisturizer and let it soak for a few seconds, then apply a thin layer of auto bronzer. The staining reaction itself takes 3-4 hours, and the final shade can be seen just after this time. While you are waiting, it is better not to wear tight, tight clothes - this can disturb the uniformity of the color (for the same reason, it is better not to sunbathe with a cream at night).
- Apply according to the scheme. For self-tanning, use a special soft mitten to protect your palms from excess tanning and help distribute the product evenly over your body. Apply the bronzer with gentle circular strokes and do not rub in too hard. Cover your elbows and knees last. Pay special attention to the face - in particular, the hairline and eyebrows (use a cotton pad dipped in water to blend the borders). Wash your hands and palms thoroughly if you have applied the bronzer without a mitten, and especially work with soap on the wrists, nail holes and areas under the nails.
- Correct. Self-tanning will take two to three days to gently and discreetly dissolve. To correct very noticeable imperfections (like stripes on your shins or knees when you need to wear a skirt), you can use nail polish remover: dampen a cotton pad, wrap around your finger and soften the orange stripe or stain. If your goal is to get ready for the beach and gradually build up the bronze tone, simply renew the existing self-tanning layer every 3-4 days (exfoliation is required just before reapplying). By the way, self-tanning does not interfere with real tanning, but it also does not protect against ultraviolet radiation, so the use of an SPF cream, if you are going to sunbathe, is a must.
Self-tanner for body Self Tanning for Body (Silky Bronze line), Sensai
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