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Spray Tan

No matter how flawless your airbrush application, the uneven, Dalmatian-like spots that can give away your secret can start in just 24 hours. Be sure to shave before you get a fake tan, and after, skip exfoliating completely. "Both peel off your color along with hair and dry surface skin cells," says Fiona Locke, senior spray technician with California Tan. Instead, rely on a hair-growth-minimizing cream applied every other day (try Aveeno Positively Smooth Moisturizing Lotion, $7.99, drugstores, or prescription-strength Vaniqa). On alternate days, apply a lotion that contains a small dose of the "tanning" agent dihydroxy-acetone (DHA) to prevent alligator-like scales while boosting and evening out color (try Shiseido Daily Bronze Moisturizing Emulsion, $35,, available in March).


"You can have new, shiny polish for more than a week by applying a thin layer of topcoat every other day," says Deborah Lippmann, a celebrity manicurist and founder of Lippmann nail care (try Nailene Sun Shield UV Non-Yellowing Topcoat, $3.99, drugstores). Heal hangnails with a highly moisturizing cuticle cream that contains almond oil or vitamin E (try OPI Avoplex High-Intensity Hand & Nail Cream, $7.50, for locations). "Rub the treatment directly to the nail bed to prevent cracks, not just all over your hands," suggests Lippmann.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2007.


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