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If you've ever spritzed yourself with your favorite fragrance soon after applying a self-tanner, you probably learned the hard way that the combination can temporarily give your skin an eerie and otherworldly green tint. The likely reason? Some antioxidants used in fragrances chemically react with DHA—the ingredient in sunless-tan products that darkens your skin—causing patches of your tan to turn a light shade of green, says Ni'Kita Wilson, a cosmetic chemist and vice president of Englewood Lab in Englewood, New Jersey. To avoid a sci-fi pallor, resist the urge to apply fragrance (and other body products like deodorant and lotion) for at least six hours after self-tanning.
Shaving creams provide a better cushion between the razor and your skin than the foam left behind by body wash, says cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson. The rich texture of shaving creams reduces friction, preventing nicks and cuts. If your skin is very dry or tends to get irritated, try a shaving gel—it's thicker than a cream.
If you want to get the most out of your favorite mousse, shine spray, or gel, use it when your hair is damp or dry, says Mara Roszak, a Tresemmé celebrity stylist. "Wet hair is less porous, so it's harder for styling ingredients to attach to the strands