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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Healthy Hollywood: Wellness Wednesday - Tan-sition Into Fall Like Miley Cyrus!

It's hard to believe summer is nearly over and chillier temperatures are just around the corner. I am a big fan of the warmer weather and it's always a bit depressing to let my sun-kissed glow fade.
Although it's impossible to maintain your natural summer color all year long (unless of course you live in a warmer climate), there are tricks to keeping a healthy bronzed skin tone into the fall. "To extend your tan, make sure to apply a rich moisturizer on your body and an oil free moisturizer on your face," advises Nicole Contos, owner of Manhattan's Smooth Synergy Cosmedical Spa. Keeping skin hydrated is key to maintaining your tan. Nicole also suggests avoiding exfoliating skin treatments and long hot showers - plus try not to go swimming or use the steam bath - all of these are tan zappers.

Alas, once you've exhausted all attempts to keep your natural bronze, don't dismiss the beauty of a sunless tan. Miley Cyrus gets her bronzed pick-me-up with an organic spray tan at New York's Smooth Synergy Cosmedical Spa.
If a salon spray tan is out of your budget, there are lots of quality self-tanners that can easily be applied at home. Don't worry, you won't look Oompa Loompa orange, sunless tanners are lot more advanced than they used to be.

Before you open a bottle of self-tanners, Nicole offers a few tips to follow:
1. Exfoliate very well the night before by dry brushing and then using a scrub.
2. Avoid using moisturizers 8 hours prior to applying a self-tanner.

3. Avoid self-tanning on rainy days unless you plan to remain indoors until it's time to wash off the lotion.
4. For an even application, mix one part self-tanner with two parts moisturizer.

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