It's suns-out-PASTYWHITEWINTERLEGS- out season, gals! I know many of you (especially those participating in a springtime or summer wedding) have already considered spray tan or DIY at home tanning. And we all know, sometimes things go a little wonky (oompa-loompa, streak fest, weird smells and stained bathroom floors.) This bride-to-be had a little trouble before her early spring engagement photo sesh:
SO. I had an incident/adventure/mishap. SO I started using Jergens self tanning lotion. I applied it nightly. I realized after 3 days of application, that apparently my socks rub off the lotion the following morning in the gym.... so my body is tanner.... until you get to my ankles. My feet are white. AH. Our engagement pictures are Saturday!
I went to the tanning bed yesterday, and plan to go again tomorrow, and possibly Saturday morning to try and even it out. I will also be applying the lotion ONLY on my feet tomorrow evening (since we won't work out Saturday morning). If none of this works, I'm just going to wear pantyhose... Any thoughts on how to even it out?
My favorite part of her story? Considering using pantyhose. THAT is commitment to a flawless looking tan! Thankfully she didn't have to do that, and you don't have to either.
FIRST: Use baby oil, OR a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice, and rub lightly around your ankles (yes lightly - you don't want to rub your skin red and then have neapolitan ice cream skin) - this will help lift some of the tan on the ankle so it will be more gradient instead of a line of tan and white.
THEN: you will want to use a one-day tinted gel (like L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze One-Day Tinted Gel) on the ankles and tops of the feet to try to balance that color out again - just on the day of the pictures. It'll wash off in the shower. OR you could use a regular bronzer (like what you would use on your face) if the gel seemed too risky for you, and brush it on liberally to your ankle and the tops of your feet, just whatever is going to show in the photos once you put your shoes on.
Remember, no one else is going to notice it as much as you will, so don't sweat it.
More often than not, I see self-tanner mishaps happening on the face. Please use self tanner that is specifically formulated for the face for the best results, like Jergen's Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer - it's a daily facial moisturizer that gradually tints the skin with daily use. This will prevent blotchiness and potential skin irritation. IF you happen to have a face-self-tan disaster, opt for the baking soda + lemon juice remedy and just remember to apply lightly in circles, then rinse, then moisturize your face. Makeup can help with the rest : )
Here's to tan legs this spring!