How To Have A Perfect Tan All Year Long.
Everyone feels better with a tan, right? Living in Florida I was always naturally tan. When I got to college, I became the spay tan queen. I looked like I was on a beach vacation for four years straight. Now I'm a mom and living a busy life with no time to go get a tan, but I sure do miss it so I came up with a quick fix.
I now tan at home with self tanner. This can be scary because no one wants to have a streaky, orange tan but with the right steps and the right products you can have glowing bronzed skin all year long.
So instead of damaging your skin in the sun or going out to get a spray tan, self tan at home with these tips and tricks.
Steps to take before you tan...
It's important to be fresh and clean before you apply your tanner, so you have a good base. Doing all of this after could remove your tan, so do it before. Use a scrub or a mitt to exfoliate and remove any dry, dead or dull skin. Lastly, make sure your skin is 100% dry before you apply the tanner, you can use a light weight moisturizer on the dry spots of your body (knees, elbows, ankles) of necessary since those spots tend to pick up more of the tan.
Next pick your tanner. Choose a shade for your skin type, if you have fair skin you may want to go with a medium or light shade. If you have more of an olive skin tone a darker shade may be best. There are tons of self tanners out there but I'll share a few of my favorites with you.
This is my all time favorite self tanner. These are clear drops you add to your everyday moisturizer that are color correcting for your best glowing tan. Put as much or as little as you like for your perfect color. I find that these drops are buildable so you can use it to gradually darken your tan over time. There is no need to use a tanning mitt with these drops, just make sure to wash your hands after application.
This is my go to self tan mousse. It gives a perfect color every time. This is an express formula so the color develops quicker than others, the longer you leave it the darker you'll get. You will start to see results in just an hour. With any mousse you will want to use a tanning mitt. This formula can be used for a gradual tan with multiple applications but also looks great after one application.
This is a great gradual self tanning cream. This tanner moisturizes your skin as well as tans it. I personally like to use this after I have a good base tan to prolong my tan while also building it. Perfect for some quick color on a busy day, since there is no need to rinse it. Like any tanner make sure to wash your hands after application to avoid orange hands.
After the application...
Wash your hands immediately after tanning.
Once the tan is completely dry, dress in loose, dark clothing. Avoid any light surfaces since the tan may transfer.
Wait about 6-8 hours for the tan to develop, then shower.
To preserve your tan make sure your skin is always moisturized.
Tips and Tricks
I find I get the best results by applying the tanner in circular motions instead of linear. This helps keep it from looking streaky.
Make sure you have good lighting when applying the tan, so you can see where you're applying it. Don't apply your tan in a dark room.
You can build color gradually by doing multiple applications.
Use a very small amount for your face and apply it where you would naturally tan.
Make sure you rub the tan in completely to avoid streaks.