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Going for the Bronze

BronzingSelf-tanners and bronzers have gained alot of popularity in recent years what with all the press about the sun's damaging effects. If you still want to look like a beach bum or surfer dude but want to spare your skin any harm, self-tanners and bronzers are a good way to go. The key to a good all-over artifical tan is preparation and early application.

It's important to test all products for any allergic reaction before you begin by placing a small amount of the self-tanner in an inconspicuous part of the body. If redness, a rash or irritation occurs, please discontinue use immediately.

California North offers a unique self-tanner developed for men called the Titanium Self-Tanner. If you have fair skin, it should be applied 3-4 days before, with 4 applications. Those with medium skin should apply 2-3 days before, with 3 applications. Guys with dark skin should apply it 1-2 days before, with 1 or 2 applications.

Begin by exfoliating your skin with a bath or shower scrub like the Truefitt & Hill Invigorating Bath & Shower Scrub or the California North Gelskin Scrub. This will leave your skin with a smooth surface for better adherence of the self-tanner and less chance of blotchiness or streaking. Be sure to moisturize all-over and let it sink in. As self-tanners have a tendency to darken a little more on ankles, knees, elbows and wrists, apply liberal amounts of moisturizer over these parts of the body. For this purpose, you might try Heavy Duty BodyLube or California North Action Moisturizer. Unless using surgical gloves during application, we also recommend coating your hands in a moisturizer as well so your palms don't get unusually dark. If you're particularly hairy, apply extra amounts of the self-tanner going against the grain of your hair follicles. On your first application, apply once in the morning and again in the evening, and then follow-up with another application every other day (preferably in the evening before bed) depending on the tan desired.

Allow at least a half-hour before direct contact with clothes & fabrics and at least two hours before contact with water. Air dry if possible. You will notice a slight tan instantly but it will darken gradually over an eight-hour period. Repeated applications will give you an even darker tan. Wash your hands immediately if not using gloves to avoid dark palms. You can lighten any unusually dark patches on your body using a glycolic toner.

If you don't have time for self-tanners, we recommend Menaji's newest addition, Bronze Star. It should be applied quickly and evenly over the entire body or desired area for an instant golden bronze look that dries in minutes.

Keep in mind that unlike sunscreen or sunblock, self-tanners and bronzers offer little or no protection against the sun so be sure to apply the necessary protection for your skin before embarking outdoors.