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Tuesday, 21 June 2016 11:43

Three Self-Tanning Mistakes and Their Easy Solutions

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Many skin care professionals love self-tanning products because they are a great alternative to outdoor tanning and tanning beds, which can cause premature aging and cancer. There are, however, a number of mistakes that clients can make when using a self-tanner. They may miss a spot, use a shade that is too dark, have streaks on rough areas, and even leave stains on their hands and nail beds. Clients do not need to worry or stop using the self-tanner due to a few mistakes, especially those that can be prevented and fixed!

The client's dry knees, elbows, and hands absorbed too much self-tanner and are presenting with streaks. If the client has streaks and dark marks, the easiest way to fix this problem is to have them apply baby oil to the darker areas and let it sit for 10 minutes. Next, they should exfoliate the darker spots with a body scrub. Clients can follow the scrub with a damp, hot towel to buff over the affected area.

The client has a spot that is obviously less tan than the rest of their body. For the client that appears to have white patches due to a self-tanner, the problem can quickly be fixed by lightly exfoliating the patchy area and reapplying the self-tanner. If clients consistently have issues with white patches, encourage them to use a tinted self-tanner. This type of self-tanner makes it incredibly easy to see where the product has and has not been applied.

The client's self-tanner has stained their clothes and bedding. Clients can avoid this frustration by pre-treating the stained area with a mixture of laundry detergent and water, letting the solution soak for 15 minutes. After the pre-treat, the client can wash the clothes or bedding as they normally would. If the stain still is not gone after the wash, they can treat the spot with glycerin, a natural stain remover that breaks down the self-tanning dye. They can also try a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Clients can prevent this occurrence in the future by wearing darker clothes and using darker bedding after applying the self-tanner. They can experiment with fast-drying tanning solutions as well.

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