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How do I get a healthy tan this summer?

This is the time of the year when I get this question the most. With Skincare cancer rates at an all time high, sun exposure poses a health concern.

I tell my clients to self tan, or what I affectionately call Fake Bake, before going in the sun. There are many choices to choose from in terms of product and the formulas have improved so you won’t end up looking like a nacho chip. The trick is you need to exfoliate in advance, and use lots of moisturizer before your sun exposure. The payoff will be a safer tan without burning and a longer sustained glow. Here is the protocol:

•1. A few days BEFORE your trip, or weekend at the beach, exfoliate your entire body in the shower using a body scrub. I love Neal Yards Remedies- Geranium and Orange Sea Body Scrub. It contains invigorating aromatherapy oils that smell fantastic and sea salt which is stimulating and detoxifying. If you need to shave or wax I recommend not doing that on the same day, so do it the day before or day after. massage the body scrub upwards in a circular motion starting with your feet all the way up and rinse.

•2. Self tanners work best on dry skin, so wait a few hours after the shower or self tan in the morning and apply lots of body lotion or body butter to your whole body. This helps the tan look even and your skin will be very hydrated. I use the body balm from NYR called Wild Rose Body Elixir. It contains Rosehip, Patchouli, Geranium and Grapefruit Oils. It creates the most intoxicating aroma! In addition is has radiance properties and leaves your skin feeling silky not greasy.

• 3. Now your skin is ready to receive your self-tanning products. Wear disposable gloves to protect your hands and apply the self- tanner from the bottom up. I use extra body balm on ankles, elbows, and knees to avoid those areas becoming too dark. Let the tanners dry well, so avoid tight clothing or going to bed.

•4. Now you are ready for sun! Once you get your tan, apply self- tanner every other day as needed and exfoliate once a week. When you are in the sun more than 20 minutes, reapply sunscreen as needed. Use appropriate self-tanning products and exfoliating cremes for the face.

I recently traveled to Puerto Rico and followed my own protocol and I’m very happy with my safe tan and the results! For a look at the products I love visit

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Licsensed esthetician and Professional makeup artist in the New York City area with over 15 years experience. You can read her blog, ask beauty related questions and learn about certifed organic skinacre and cosmetics at

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