Beauty of the Month: Alina Vission, Music Video Producer, TV Host & Model

I am so thrilled for my October Beauty of the Month!  The lovely Alina Vission was Miss New Mexico USA 2003 and is now in LA working in the entertainment industry as a model, TV host and music video producer.  We … Continue reading

Sunless Tanning Part 1: 2 Crucial Steps For a Great Sunless Tan

Now that the warm weather has arrived, I’ve been doing the sunless tanning thing. I’m naturally very pale and I normally embrace it. During the summer when bathing suits and dresses are clothing staples, I do like to have a bit of a glow while keeping my skin safe. I used to tan in tanning beds (gasp, I know) in my college years and I loved the look of being tan. I’m now very educated on the horrors of tanning so I never step foot in a tanning bed now.

Whether I get a professional spray tan or do it at home with a lotion, there are two extremely important steps you must take before getting the actual tan to ensure the color distributes evenly. A friend of mine requested that I share these steps on my blog so here they are! This is for you Miss Isabel!

Exfoliate!

This is so important and is often a step that’s skipped. Exfoliating helps get rid of dead skin and leave a smooth surface for the tan to absorb into. If you don’t exfoliate, your tan could end up looking streaky and it won’t last as long because dead skin sheds quickly, which means your tan will be gone before you know it.

Before you get a sunless tan, exfoliate in the shower. If you have the Clarisonic PLUS, you can use that as a body exfoliator. I have the Mia version and that isn’t mean to be used on the body. I exfoliate with a body scrub. I really like 100% Pure Body Scrubs. They’re packed with skin brightening fruit acids, have tons of delicious scents and are totally natural. These scrubs are full of oils so I exfoliate a day before I’m going to either apply sunless tanner or get a spray tan. If you are going to be getting the tan the same day, do NOT use an oil-based scrub. All that oil will make your skin slick and the tanning product can’t fully absorb into the skin and develop color. Clinique makes a fantastic body scrub that isn’t oil-based, called Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream. This pretty lady (my cousin) introduced me to it and I love it.

If you need to shave, do it before applying the tanner, because it will take off some of your color.

Moisturize!

While you don’t want your skin covered in oil prior to getting a sunless tan, you also don’t want bone dry skin. Getting the tan on parched skin will leave streaks and patches that you won’t like! Applying on hydrated skin lets the color absorb evenly and smoothly.

Be sure to slather your whole body in a rich lotion or cream prior to tanning. I really like Jergens Original Scent Cherry-Almond lotion because it absorbs quickly and isn’t greasy at all. If my skin is really dry I’ll use 100% Pure Honey Almond Body Cream. I like to give the moisturizer at least 30 minutes to absorb before applying tanner. The longer you wait, the better.

Now that you know the two crucial steps you should NEVER skip when sunless tanning, stay tuned for my post next week about my favorite products to achieve the perfect summer glow!

Clarisonic Mia

I recently won a Clarisonic Mia from the awesome online beauty boutique, B-Glowing!  They have amazing giveaways and this was one of them.  When I found out I won I starting screeching like a banshee and running around the apartment like a 3-year-old.  Jon was really excited for me too, though he didn’t join in on the screeching.  A lot of people have been asking me what a Clarisonic Mia is, so I thought I’d blog about this awesome skincare tool and my experience with it so far!

Clarisonic is a sonic skincare tool that gives more than 300 moves per second to gently remove 6x more makeup and 2x more dirt than cleansing with your hands.  It also allows products to absorb and work to their full capacity and it exfoliates.

They have several different versions, the Mia being the smallest and least expensive.  It’s travel-friendly, comes in 17 shades (mine is a lovely soft yellow) and it’s waterproof.  It’s also gentle enough to use twice daily.  I only use it at night, though.

I’ve been using the Mia for about a week now and I can tell the difference in my skin.  My skin’s texture is smoother and softer and it has a radiance to it.  This is probably due to the fact that it gently sloughs off dead skin each night that would normally dull my complexion.  I’ve been applying either coconut oil or Argan oil nightly after cleansing with the Mia and I feel like it absorbs more thoroughly into my skin.

I’m totally hooked on the Mia and would suggest it to anyone.  It’s $119.  Clarisonic does have more advanced sonic tools that cost more and can be used all over the body, have multiple speeds, etc.  Here is a chart that gives a simple comparison of the various options so you can pick the one just right for you.

Have you tried the Clarisonic?