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dani
03-04-2004, 09:55 PM
Hello all...

As luck would have it, I just found out that the Revlon factory (and corresponding outlet) is only 10 minutes away from my home. I checked it today and they have most current products at 50%-75% off retail.

So I picked a few colors, just to play with and something that called my attention: Skinlights Self Tanner for face and body.

Since my current costume leaves ALL my legs exposed, if this works as advertised it might make them look more even.

Has anyone tried this or something similar? Does it look even? does it stain the bedsheets? The tub when showering? does it come out in blotches when it starts to wear off?

Any insight will be appreciated...

Dani

Scrapped Neko
03-04-2004, 10:51 PM
Though I've never used that particular brand, I've used a lot of different tanning lotions. If you apply it correctly, it should look even. As long as you make sure to apply it evenly and rub it in all the way you'll get good coverage. I've never had a sunless tanner stain any of my clothes, bedsheets, or tub. It won't come out in blotches, it'll fade gradually as if it were a real tan.
The brand of tanning lotion I've had the most success with is called Instant Bronze by Neutragena. It always looks even and lasts for a long time.
Also, be sure to wear latex gloves when applying tanning lotion, because it can stain your hands.

Seraphims
03-04-2004, 11:30 PM
she's not kidding, it does. I've never had to wear gloves, but wash your hand WELL with soap and water, like three times;) I didn't and my hands turned dark brown.

If your worried do the following,
Expholiate!!!! I can't stress that enough (or spell it...)
Shave your legs
apply normal lotion and then wait like an hour, then do the sunless.

Thats not all necessary, but if your paranoid you can do it. Just test it out before hand. I've never had any problems with Revlon. you should be fine.

archangeli
03-04-2004, 11:31 PM
www.makeupalley.com (i hope that's not considered spam to post the link...)

it's a customer review site for all sorts of makeup.

I personally use Coppertone Endless Summer on my legs in "medium".

You might wanna check out "Tan Towels"

murmur
03-05-2004, 10:21 AM
Self-tanning lotions are a lot better than they used to be a few years ago-- most of them have the color balanced right so you don't come out looking like a carrot. :) If you don't want to wear gloves to put on the stuff, put a coat of hand lotion on your palms so the skin on your hands won't absorb the self-tanner. (also useful when you're doing your legs, if you have rough knees like me, just put a little bit of skin lotion there so the dry skin won't absorb more tanner)

dani
03-05-2004, 10:48 AM
Thanks all for your tips!!

Dani

lainey
03-05-2004, 08:50 PM
i was considering of getting a self-tanner too thanks dani for starting this thread.

any sel-tanner brands i should AVOID?

dani
03-05-2004, 10:21 PM
I haven't found any negative comment specifically for the one I bought. It was $7 at the Revlon factory store. PM if you need directions...

Dani

lainey
03-06-2004, 09:45 AM
do you know if i can pick up that stuff from say, a drugmart store or walmart?

i commute all the time with transit, so it'll be a pain to get there O_o

lets just say, i take the Go Train to downtown Toronto every day *growls*

Skullez
03-06-2004, 10:57 AM
i tried a self taner once before and it did nothgn to my skin !! it just made it the same color as it was before.
* i put it on one part of my body to mak sure i wouldent break out or something*

maybe i was to dark for the color but all i know is ..it wasent worth the time or money to waste on again like that =@.@= !

but i dont think it will stain the bed sheets after it soaks into you or whathave.

darkenedxstar
03-06-2004, 08:56 PM
I want to try the self-tanners also but is it true that it can cause skin cancer? After all, it's a chemical way of having a suntan. Having suntans for too long in the sun can cause skin cancer right? But I just want to know if it does cause skin cancer. Does anybody know if it does?

lei
03-06-2004, 09:06 PM
Ive heard that using self tanner is a good way to hide strech marks and scars since is basiclly just dyes the skin. Has anyone tried this?

dani
03-06-2004, 09:22 PM
do you know if i can pick up that stuff from say, a drugmart store or walmart?
i commute all the time with transit, so it'll be a pain to get there O_o
lets just say, i take the Go Train to downtown Toronto every day *growls*
I'm sure you can find them at any drugstore. It's just against my policy to buy anything at "retail" price. I have my house full of bargain-basement junk :)
This place is close to the Dixie/Dundas area.

Cheers...
Dani

dani
03-06-2004, 09:28 PM
I want to try the self-tanners also but is it true that it can cause skin cancer? After all, it's a chemical way of having a suntan. Having suntans for too long in the sun can cause skin cancer right? But I just want to know if it does cause skin cancer. Does anybody know if it does?

Real suntan = burning the skin = skin cancer

Fake suntan = painting the skin = who knows....

Chemistry has improved a lot (we hope) since the Wizard of Oz's Tinman got sick from the paint back in 1939.

Dani

murmur
03-06-2004, 11:11 PM
Ive heard that using self tanner is a good way to hide strech marks and scars since is basiclly just dyes the skin. Has anyone tried this?


They might be a good temporary cover, but the tanner will fade away in a couple weeks, maybe less... and sometimes the scarred skin will dye a little darker, which will only make those things stand out more. There are lots of creams on the market for smoothing strech marks, I've heard calendula or cocoa butter work okay, over time.

chibi_kitsune
03-07-2004, 01:24 AM
I never tried to use them cause people tell it can make you look orange or some other strage color, but I really don't know.

chibi_kitsune
03-07-2004, 01:25 AM
Real suntan = burning the skin = skin cancer

Fake suntan = painting the skin = who knows....

Chemistry has improved a lot (we hope) since the Wizard of Oz's Tinman got sick from the paint back in 1939.

Dani


Haha as I heard before, everything now and day gives you cancer ( forgot who said that, maybe it was on the simpsons?)

Ruby-Chan
03-07-2004, 01:41 AM
i don't think most over the counter tanners would give you cancer. especially not neutrogena since there products are very trustworthy in my opinion. although i have never tried this i have friends that swear by it. At my tanning salon (TanUSA) they offer "spray tans" which they do professionally for you. I hear its the same stuff on self tanners, but since they spray it all over you they guarantee it to be even.

here's my problem. I am french/romanian mix and my skin tone is very odd (i look italian at first but in the sun you realize my skin has "rosy" undertones) and I haven't found a fake tanner yet that doesn't turn me orange. So umm...if anyone knows of any really good one let me for mediteranean skin tones let me know

archangeli
03-07-2004, 10:29 AM
Ive heard that using self tanner is a good way to hide strech marks and scars since is basiclly just dyes the skin. Has anyone tried this?


Self tanner doesn't really "hide" anything. But since it evens out your skin tone (and lasts up to a week), it makes freckles, splotches and stretch marks less obvious. But it doesn't cover them up completely.

If you want to cover them, I'd suggest DermaBlend which is made to conceal, cover AND is waterproof.

My best suggestion with self-tanners is to buy one that has a visible color guide (meaning that the lotion is tinted so you know where you've applied). The color IS NOT the color of the tan since that takes at least 2 hrs to develop.

While you're applying, DO wash your hands after each "section" of your body (meaning 1 leg, 1 arm, etc.) so that your palms, knuckles and in-between fingers doesn't turn orange. Then you wait for at least 30 mins for the stuff to "absorb" and then you can get dressed.

For the next 2 hours, don't get wet and don't siton /touch anything white or you'll likely stain it.

The only products that I've heard were horrible was the Neutrogena foam (and other similar products). They run and drizzle all over so you are uneven AND streaky. :(

I want to try the self-tanners also but is it true that it can cause skin cancer? After all, it's a chemical way of having a suntan. Having suntans for too long in the sun can cause skin cancer right? But I just want to know if it does cause skin cancer. Does anybody know if it does?

The active ingredient in all self-tanners is the same. It "tans" you by reacting with the proteins in your skin and turning them orange-brown. Different combinations of the active ingredient and other balancing agents will produce slightly different colors.

But you'll notice that your "self-tan" fades in a few days as your skin naturally exfoliates itself and new skin from underneath comes to the surface. So this goop never really "absorbs" into your skin.

And since there is NO radiation involved in this, you can not get a skin melanoma (aka cancer) from using a self tanner.

Think of it this way - if you're willing to use bug repellants containing DEET on your skin to keep bugs off (which is a highly toxic chemical), you are better of self tanning. (btw, that doesn't mean that self-tanning will keep bugs off... it's an example!)

lainey
03-07-2004, 02:20 PM
actually i think i found a spray on self tanner before...

but the thing with those self tanning lotions...you'd have to apply it onto your face to have full coverage...

are those things good for the face... like oil content wise and stuff

archangeli
03-07-2004, 05:45 PM
actually i think i found a spray on self tanner before...

but the thing with those self tanning lotions...you'd have to apply it onto your face to have full coverage...

are those things good for the face... like oil content wise and stuff


you really DON'T want to use a spray on self-tanner. since it's so liquidy, it will run and drip and you will be uneven, streaky and orange.

There are special formulations for faces. Just read lables. But remember: the active ingredient is the same.

lei
03-07-2004, 06:00 PM
They might be a good temporary cover, but the tanner will fade away in a couple weeks, maybe less... and sometimes the scarred skin will dye a little darker, which will only make those things stand out more. There are lots of creams on the market for smoothing strech marks, I've heard calendula or cocoa butter work okay, over time.

I guess I'll just have to try it in a hidden area first. Maybe one of those spray self tanners.

lainey
03-07-2004, 06:07 PM
you really DON'T want to use a spray on self-tanner. since it's so liquidy, it will run and drip and you will be uneven, streaky and orange.

There are special formulations for faces. Just read lables. But remember: the active ingredient is the same.

good point hehe...i'm soo paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaale now >_<

i was thinking to use a self tanner to tan myself a tad...

and can u control how tanned u want to be with those?
like i assume, less time on it won't be as tanned.

archangeli
03-07-2004, 08:22 PM
Lainey -

no it has nothing to do with time - this is not like a hairdye -_-'

if you don't want to be as dark, do 2 things:

1) buy a "medium" formula instead of "dark"
2) apply a super sheer layer of moisturizer first, then apply the self tanner. that way it won't absorb as much. if your skin is dry, it will just soak in!

you might want to exfoliate first. we can talk about this later on MSN :)

I guess I'll just have to try it in a hidden area first. Maybe one of those spray self tanners.

NO! READ MY LIPS!!! Do not use spray ons. You'll end up streaky because you can't control the even-ness of the application!! :waaaah:

archangeli
03-07-2004, 08:39 PM
I hate double posting, but this is to follow up the "does self-tanner cause cancer" question brought up by Darkenedxstar.

In a "normal" suntan, UVB radiation stimulates the production of melanin (the coloring agent in all people that make us different "colors."). This extra melanin is what gives us the tan.

Dihydroxyacetone or dihydroacetic acid is the active ingredient in ALL self tanners.

For all you chem students, you may remember that regular acetic acid is found in 4-6% concentrations in vinegar. Dihydroxyacetone has been approved for use in these products.

darkenedxstar
03-08-2004, 03:12 PM
I hate double posting, but this is to follow up the "does self-tanner cause cancer" question brought up by Darkenedxstar.

In a "normal" suntan, UVB radiation stimulates the production of melanin (the coloring agent in all people that make us different "colors."). This extra melanin is what gives us the tan.

Dihydroxyacetone or dihydroacetic acid is the active ingredient in ALL self tanners.

For all you chem students, you may remember that regular acetic acid is found in 4-6% concentrations in vinegar. Dihydroxyacetone has been approved for use in these products.

Well, okay. I get it now... lol. Though all of those hard words... i'm just like woah! :eeek: I don't pay attention during chem. x.X Better start soon than never. Anyways, thank you for everyone's help on my question. ^^ Especially archangeli. thank you all~ :)

lainey
03-09-2004, 07:56 PM
http://www.sallyhansen.com/airbrush_legs.cfm

^have u guys seen that?

is that a decent "substitute" since I don't want to tan a lot of shades?

archangeli
03-09-2004, 11:51 PM
the reviews on that product are actually pretty decent:
http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemID=43923/Airbrush_Legs_in_Light_Glow/Sally_Hansen/Skincare_-_Body/

you can read and decide for you yourself :)

but the "face" version of it flies everywhere, so I'm not sure if this product does the same.

The general opinion of the "airbrush legs" product is that it's very sheer.

lei
03-10-2004, 10:56 AM
Lainey -

NO! READ MY LIPS!!! Do not use spray ons. You'll end up streaky because you can't control the even-ness of the application!! :waaaah:

Aaahh... sorry. I guess I missed your last post that said that. I never thought about it streaking. I was at Sally's just the other day to buy some wax, I'm glad I didn't have enough money to buy the spray tan I was looking at. Now I'm kinda wondering if that airbrush legs is more of what I need.

darkenedxstar
03-10-2004, 01:25 PM
The Airbrush thingy from Sally Hansen's seems really good according to the link that archangeli gave us.

archangeli
03-10-2004, 05:33 PM
The Airbrush thingy from Sally Hansen's seems really good according to the link that archangeli gave us.


that link was about make-up in a can :) there's a thread now about airbrushing makeup too. it's different in ALL ways from self-tanner. I haven't used it, but it looks interesting.

But yes, don't use spray-on formulas of self-tanner. You'll look like an orange zebra :schitzo:

sheepsarai
03-10-2004, 05:49 PM
i know that you were thinknig about tanning lotion but have u considered going to a tannint salon? I went for my first visit today and its really relaxing, though it does take a bit of commitment, they said to come back everyother day to build a good tan and it is alittle more than lotion but it really is nice and looks good too.

moo
03-10-2004, 06:53 PM
I researched the heck out of self-tanners a while ago when I thought I needed darker skin to cosplay Urd, and this site was a great help: http://www.sunless.com/

As for my own experiences with self-tanners, I did get darker a few degrees but since I was so deathly pallored to begin with, it was not worth the trouble, time, and mess as it was hardly noticeable in person and didn't do a thing for photos. Your mileage may vary.

archangeli
03-10-2004, 07:30 PM
i know that you were thinknig about tanning lotion but have u considered going to a tannint salon?


OMG! NO!!! That is the worst possible thing you could do to your skin!!! *runs screaming* :schitzo:

Tanning salons that use tanning beds shine direct UV radiation onto your skin. Sure, it'll give you an insta-tan, but it will also do horrible damage to your skin. :lost:

Think of all of the worst damage the sun could possibly do to you, but instead of millions of miles away (with the atmosphere, sunscreen, smog, etc) to protect you, you are inches from it.

You may think, "oh, it's just this once" but skin damage accumulates over time. It is the primary cause of wrinkles and age spots. You may not notice anything tomorrow, but 10 years from now you will.

EDIT: If the salon you went to tells you "don't worry, this is safe. It's approved by... "name of institution" THEY ARE LYING! (or the poor salesperson doesn't know any better).

I went for my first visit today and its really relaxing, though it does take a bit of commitment, they said to come back everyother day to build a good tan and it is alittle more than lotion but it really is nice and looks good too.

Of course they want you to come back. That's how they make money :waaaah:

There is no such thing as a safe tan unless it comes out of a bottle!
And tanning beds are totally not approved by the FDA - it fact the FDA is against them completely. They are essentially skin cancer machines!!

Scrapped Neko
03-12-2004, 12:53 AM
A word on the whole skin turning orange thing:
In my experience, your natural skin tone has a lot to do with it. People with pale skin can generally get a more natural looking tan. While people with darker or olive toned skin are the ones who usually end up with an orange color from sunless tanners. But, meh, what do I know.
When I first started using sunless tanners, I always had major streakage no matter what brand I used simply because I was a novice. What I'm trying to say is, expect to get streaks your first time, but don't give up on tanning lotions because of that. It's just like learning how to apply any type of make-up. It may seem awkward at first, but it's easy once you get the hang of it.

Nausicaa
03-29-2004, 01:13 AM
Don't know if anyone's said this yet cause I'm too lazy to read everything, but I have very pale skin and have used self-tanners for years so here's what I've learned:

1: If you have dry skin use a little baby oil on your knees, elbows, & ankles.
2: If you have pale skin use 'light' and layer it on till you get the desired color
3: Put petroleum jelly in your belly button so that it doesn't drip or collect and turn out brown. (eww!)
4:Exfoliate!!! especially dry or rough areas

Also, if you haven't tried it, they have Mystic Tan booths that spray on tanner in 30 seconds. I haven't done it myself but people have told me it works and supposedly lasts longer than store brands. I've never had a tanner turn out orange or streaky and you won't either as long as you pick the right color and apply in a circular motion.

RainSquall
08-04-2004, 06:15 PM
Erm... ihave the opposite problem. I'm naturally pretty tanned, but I'm cosplaying Selphie (FF8) and she's quite fair. Whaddayareckon I should do? I'm on a tight budget - my mum's paying for it all... V.V

Chanté
08-04-2004, 08:31 PM
Erm... ihave the opposite problem. I'm naturally pretty tanned, but I'm cosplaying Selphie (FF8) and she's quite fair. Whaddayareckon I should do? I'm on a tight budget - my mum's paying for it all... V.V
Just go tanned! I was a tanned Rinoa and no one cared :3 heck, it barely even shows up in photos (cause of the flash), and no one notices unless you put a reference picture RIGHT next to your picture.

http://www.lion-hearts.net/galleries/squallrinoa/rinoa_collage.jpg to see what I mean ^^;

FFfreak003
08-14-2004, 05:26 PM
This comes from my experience with self tanners: If your worried about it becoming streaky, I'd use the Neutrogena (wow.. sp?) foam sunless tanner in medium if you have pretty regular skin. That way, you can see where you are applying it. Also, before you apply a sunless tanner to your whole body, test it out on an area that you don't show often (I used my stomach).
Unfortunately, applying sunless tanner can be quite time consuming and I would only put in the effort if you really want to look tanner. In most photos it's hard to tell anyways because of the flash

Bossy Yuna
01-14-2005, 02:27 PM
I dont think its a good idea to use a self tanner lotion, my aunt does and her skin is always dry and it almost looks like she has tiny white spots on her legs! Im not sure if its the lotion but I my self would prefer just to lay out in the sun with some sun tan lotion, even if u dont get the exact color or that much darker, you'll feel better to worry less about ruining your skin, and think about it, not that many video game characters have a lot of a tan, you make look more like the person your trying to be with your own skin! lol (I hope my information helps anyone in any way!)