Everything To Know About Self-Tanner
Laura Lee - January 8, 2022


By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

Self-tanning lotion is a cosmetic product that provides temporary sunless tanning effects by giving the skin a tint of color. It contains dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as its main ingredient, which interacts with dead cells on the outermost layer of the epidermis and darkens the existing melanin in the process called oxidation. There are a lot of self-tanning lotions in the market. How do we know which one is best? The answer lies in how to use it, how much product should be applied and when to expect results, because who doesn’t want sunkissed skin?


Textured smears of bronze eyeshadows with glittering particles

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People with fair skin who wish to achieve a suntan complexion should opt for an orange-based product or one that contains bronzers. Orange is darker than skin color, which means it can provide a natural-looking tan. People with medium to light complexions should look for dark brown-colored products so they won’t have a faux-looking orange complexion or one that’s designed to be self-adjusting. For best results, allow the product to dry for five minutes before dressing. People with dark skin tones should choose one that is designed to give natural-looking results, preferably even shades of brown. As you cannot overproduce the color in the tanning process, it’s safe to apply self-tanner on these people even if they missed a spot. However, be careful in choosing products for this skin type.


When using a self-tanning lotion, it is better to exfoliate dry areas of the body such as knees, elbows, and feet beforehand. Use a mitt or gloves when applying it to avoid staining hands. Apply the product evenly on the entire body in a circular motion; pay attention especially to knees, ankles, wrists, and elbows as these areas tend to get darker faster compared with other parts of the body. One rule to follow when using self-tanning lotion is to never apply it on areas with cuts, scratches, or irritated skin. These will make the tan appear darker and uneven. Always wash hands thoroughly after application to avoid staining nails. Do a patch test on a small area of the body first before using a new product. This way, you’ll know if your skin tolerates the lotion or if you have allergies to any of its ingredients. Choose the one that best suits your skin tone so you can achieve that glow your skin might be lacking this winter.