Sometimes an airbrush tan is too much for special event. Out of season, a sunny glow may seem out of place, especially if they saw you the day before without one. If you’re not showing a lot of skin, it may not be as appealing or worth the time and money. And if you’re in wedding party ( the bride or her attendants) a tan can photograph as sweaty and shiny. Not good.
To still get a dewy ” red carpet” complexion, my stylist friend swears by a mild, store bought glycolic peel . It takes about 3 minutes and leaves your skin rosy and poreless for hours. I love the peels that come in individually saturated two step pads. The first pad has the glycolic acid and the second has the neutralizer. The pads are a perfect form of portion control. You don’t get too much acid that could burn or too little that won’t do a thing. Patricia Wexler, Dr Denise and Kate Sommerville all make affordable and excellent glycolic peel packs. Look for them at Bed Bath and Beyond and Sephora.
Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid, (AHA) that is made from sugar cane. Used as part of a daily beauty routinue it has been shown to have anti-aging powers to increase circulation and stimulate production of collagen and elastin– sort of Retin A light. When used as a peel, it removes top dead dry surface skin cells , leaving the skin soft and clear. However it cannot be used close to the eyes, and does not help under eye dark shadows, A spray-on tan does hide these bad boys, which is one reason it makes you look younger and more rested. When you do use a glycolic peel for a big event, you could use Triluma for several weeks or hide the dark circles with concealer.
I would not recommend using a professional glycolic peel on the day of an event. While I love these procedures, a full service peel may leave your skin pretty red and raw for 24 hours– not the look you are aiming at for a big night. Stick to the home version for a risk free party glow. Home peels are also one of the great beauty bargins– a package of 30 peels is about $45, which turns out to be $1.50/peel. When you use it as part of a “red carpet” routinue– hair blow-out, tooth whitening, and a mani, your prep cost drops to $41.50. Nice.