Hello SOTGC community,
I love my skin! I mean, I’m really thankful to have an organ that encases all of my other organs and protects me and all my insides from disease in one lovely package. Skin is a pretty amazing part of our human makeup and boy oh boy do we abuse it!
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I like Wikipedia’s definition of Human Skin:
The human skin is the outer covering of the body. In humans, it is the largest organ of the integumentary system. The skin has multiple layers of ectodermal tissue and guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs.
As a result of too many years of sun worshiping, smoking, hormonal shifts, falling asleep in our makeup, a collection of dirt, sweat and airborne allergens along with production slowdowns of collagen and elastin, few of us truly love how our skin looks and feels on a daily basis. There is, however, great news that I find extremely encouraging for women that don the fairest of porcelain ivory skin to the deepest of glowing ebony; modern science has brought about massive improvements in even the most basic skin care regimens that will not only help prevent future damage but even repair existing damage and make our skin function like it did in our perky twenties!
As I ponder the official start of summer and am forever grateful for a wonderful dermatologist who caught my skin cancer early through regular “mole patrols” stopping it in its tracks with four minor surgeries before any of it became life threatening, I know I MUST protect my sacred skin but oh the glare of my bright shiny shins in the summer sun (& let’s not even mention my thighs in a swim suit)! I seriously have nearly see through skin that makes me look like a gecko and while I love my skin I don’t love how all of my veins show through and proudly announce that my life is not yet filled with lavish vacations to perfect weather locals. I admit, I’m a little and equally jealous of that really beautiful, perfectly white skin as well as the flawless bronze shades that grace our planet. What’s a girl to do?
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Totally new and improved, non-tangerine shaded, smell better sunless tanners & professional spray tan artists to the rescue! Duh ta da da! You lovelies out there with naturally bronze skin aren’t out of this conversation so don’t stop reading because you now know I’m ultra-white- you too can sunburn, develop hyperpigmentation and have super dry, ashy skin in the summer. These tips will help you keep your gorgeous, dewy glow.
It takes a little extra work to get and keep your skin ready for the show-off-your-limbs and lounge-confidently-at-pool-parties days of summer, but it can be done cancer-threatening and orange-palms free!! Seeing an attractive woman at an outdoor wedding with freshly treated sunless tanned legs and refraining from shaking hands or exposing her palms as she sipped her wine (they were really discolored from a rush job) reminded me I need to share these tips with my stilettos sisters.
1. Shower, shave legs and exfoliate all over, concentrating on elbows, knees, ankles and heels which are often more neglected, drier areas of skin that will soak up too much of a sunless tanner and appear far darker than rest of your beautiful body as the color develops.
2. Towel dry and hydrate skin from the top of your forehead to the bottom of your tip toes making a couple of extra passes along those aforementioned “dry” spots.
3. Head directly to your pre-scheduled appointment at the top rated local airbrush tan studio (with clothes on please)to have a professional artist spray you bronze and give definition to the six pack abs you’re building or slip on a pair of latex & powder free surgical gloves to start your at-home treatment.
4. At home, while your freshly hydrated hands are marinating in the surgical gloves for a paraffin-like spa treatment – you can safely apply your selected depth of tanning cream or spray without the threat of orange-palms or constant hand washing during application. Please apply tanning lotion/spray to your entire body. You may skip your face or simply apply a very light layer. Start on your trunk and work up over your décolleté, then down your back side to your legs just “grazing” over your knees and ankles.
5. Remove your gloves. Wash and moisturizer your hands.
6. Allow 15-30 minutes for lotion to dry before putting any clothes on. This is a great time to get in a hydrating or oil-control mask for your facial skin (unless tanner was applied to your face)or finish a fancy coif for your morning meeting with a high powered client.
7. Finish off with another layer of hydrating lotion all over your body to ensure a streak free result and super silky skin. This will also give you that sun-kissed glow we all desire.
8. Wear dark undergarments and dark, loose fitting clothes for the first 24 hours as the color may transfer a little until you next shower. “Dirty “is not my favorite color for bras and panties. 😀
9. Even with naturally bronze skin, the above steps will give you super hydrated skin and a perfectly even skin tone throughout the summer.
10. You can re-apply tanner to areas that appear streaked or that you want darkened every few days. Be sure to always lead and follow with moisturizer.
11. Make sure to get matched for a new shade of foundation that blends seamlessly with your new “tan” – this is also a great way to avoid having to use self-tanner on your face.
12. Repeat the above steps once a week to maintain a golden tan until fall.
Please take silver screen star Ann Hathaway’s advice and avoid the orange at all cost…
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Here’s to a golden summer!
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