Self-tanning during the summer is different to self-tanning in winter. After all, at the end of the year the change in the weather and sunlight can hinder your tanning process. Outside of there being less daylight to tan in, your skin may also react to the temperature changes in ways that aren’t helpful for that healthy glow. With all this in mind, these winter tanning tips may help you achieve that golden glow in spite of all the difficulties during the cold months.
11 Winter Tanning Tips to Get Your Ideal Bronze Skin
1. Use Lighter Shades for a Natural Look
Having a darker tan during the summer appears natural. However, going for that same look in winter can look over-done or fake. That’s why you should opt for lighter tones. Use just enough to get that golden glow, but not so much that you look bronze.
2. Soak Your Skin When You Exfoliate
Regardless of the season, a crucial part of the tanning process is exfoliation. The best time to exfoliate is in the bath while soaking your body in bath oils. Use salt scrubs and exfoliating gloves for gentler exfoliation.
3. Wait a Whole Day After Shaving
The winter months may make your skin more sensitive. That’s why it’s better to wait a little longer after you shave or wax. Waiting 24 hours before applying your self-tan may prevent skin irritation.
4. Don’t Forget to Hydrate Your Skin
After exfoliating, always apply some deep penetrating moisturizers to avoid dehydrating your skin. This is especially true when the frigid winter air is sucking moisture out of your skin all day long.Focus on your hands, feet, and elbows to avoid these areas becoming darker than the rest of your body.
5. Use Oils to Moisturize Your Skin
As mentioned above, the cold months bring dry skin with them. Using oils is a great winter tanning tip to combat this moisture-drain. Use facial and body oils to deeply moisturize your skin. Additionally, apply tanning oils before you sleep so they can develop overnight.
6. Try Face Tanners Instead of Foundation
Swapping your foundation for face tanners is one of the essential winter tanning tips you need to achieve a natural glow even in the darkest months. Face tanners may also be more effective in neutralizing the redness of your face during the cold months.
7. Use a Bronzer to Highlight your Cheekbones
Trade out your blushers for bronzers, which are more effective in creating that golden glow for winter tanning. Use a big natural brush to sweep some bronzer over your cheekbones, temples, and the bridge of your nose.
8. Try Some Lipstick for Highlights
Lipstick isn’t just for your lips. Try using your favorite subtle shade on your cheeks. Don’t forget to blend your lipstick with your fingers for a dewy and fresh glow.
9. Mix Some Moisturizer to Your Tanners
Especially great when mixed with face tanners, adding a bit of moisturizer to your tanner can keep your skin hydrated while it’s battling the harsh cold winds of winter. Adding some serum or rich moisturizer may also help you control the tone of your complexion.
10. Try Patchwork Tanning
Winter time is great for patchwork tanning because most of your skin is usually covered. Applying tanner just to the parts of your body that will be visible, like your face, arms, and legs also requires less time, hassle, and tanning lotion.
11. Tan Smart and Patiently
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You need to be patient for winter tans and take care of your skin at the same time. Exfoliation and cold showers may close your pores and help make your self-tanning go more smoothly. Tanning outside may also take longer during this season, so you’ll need to be patient with your skin for that golden glow.
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Having an amazing golden glow isn’t just for the summer. With these simple tanning tips, you can enjoy the winter holidays with a natural-looking tan while keeping your skin moisturized.
Do you maintain a winter tan? What are your tried and true winter tanning tips? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!