Summer is almost here – Yay! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a little tan? It makes us look skinnier and hides a multitude of sins such as cellulite, spider veins, and stretch marks. However, the ONLY safe way to get a tan is with self-tanner, so today I am sharing the best self-tanners & how to apply them.
(Remember to always apply your sunscreen when heading outside. Here is a list of my favorites. I talk more about The Top 5 Myths of Sunscreen and my product recommendations for that here.)
A faux tan is your best friend this time of year and in this post, I am sharing the best self-tanners & how to apply them correctly. My favorite tips, techniques, and products will have you looking like a golden goddess in no time.
THE BEST SELF TANNERS AND HOW TO APPLY THEM
This first step is crucial for a smooth and even looking tan. I wrote a whole blog post about that here. One of my current favorite way to exfoliate is by dry brushing with this brush. (It also comes in handy when applying self tanner. Just slip the mitt over the brush to apply it to your back.) Dry brushing has many benefits. It stimulates the body’s circulation and lymphatic systems and instantly gives you smoother skin. Begin at the ankles and brush upward using light but firm strokes. You always want to brush toward the heart because that is the way the lymph flows naturally. After you finish your legs, brush your stomach, arms, and shoulders. Then head off into the shower. If dry brushing isn’t your thing and you prefer a good body scrub, this one is excellent before applying self tanner.
After thorough exfoliation, apply moisturizer to your feet, elbows and knees. this is very important, because our skin is drier in these areas and will soak up lotions faster. Lotioning these parts beforehand will ensure even looking color and a realistic looking tan.
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DO NOT SHAVE YOUR LEGS
You may be tempted to shave your legs but just don’t do it. It will leave you covered with those little brown dots all over your legs – not a pleasant view, if you ask me.
PUT A MITT ON IT
This is probably one of my biggest tips for even the application and distribution of products. This mitt is fantastic, reasonably priced, and will ensure an even application. It will also keep your hands clean, so no dreaded Oompa Loompa hands after applying. Use this applicator for hard-to-reach spots like your back.
Apply self tanner and massage into the skin in a circular motion – even if you are using a spray, you still need to blend it in. BLEND, BLEND, BLEND. Go easy on elbows and knees and make sure you blend around your ankles. Let dry about 10 minutes before getting dressed. You can do this a couple of days in a row to achieve your perfect color. Once achieved, this is a fantastic lotion to apply the next day to make it even more glowy looking. It is a body makeup cream for the body that contains a little bit of light reflecting particles to cover any flaws and lumps and bumps. It also smells delicious.
Here are a few of my favorite self tanners:
CLARINS GLOW DROPS
JERGENS NATURAL GLOW
LOVING TAN MOUSSE
SAN MORITZ MOUSSE
TAN-LUXE THE BUTTER
JERGENS FIRMING NATURAL GLOW
TANNING MITT & BACK APPLICATOR (crucial for success)
I hope these tips were helpful to you. Do you have a favorite self tanner? I would love to hear about it!
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