With the kids home all day, I’ve been working mostly in the dining room while James does schoolwork, but my office is still one of my favorite rooms and even the office closet got a major clean out recently.
TIPS FOR A NATURAL SELF TAN AT HOME
Today, I’m sharing my tips for how to get the best, natural looking tan at home. I’ve been using self tanner at home for years now and it works great and is super easy to apply! After trying several self tanners, I found the one that’s easiest to apply and gives the most gorgeous, natural looking tan!
STEP 1 • EXFOLIATE
Make sure to exfoliate your skin before applying self tanner. I used Colleen Rothschild Tahitian body scrub, but any exfoliator that doesn’t leave a greasy film on your skin will work. The color will adhere to your skin best when you have clean, dry, well-exfoliated skin.
STEP 2 • TO MOISTURIZE OR NOT
Most tutorials recommend that you apply moisturizer/lotion to the dry parts of your skin (hands, heels, elbows, knees) before self tanner. This is because if those areas of your skin are drier than the rest of your skin, the product will tend to collect there.
I moisturize on a daily basis, but skip it before applying self tanner. I’m just careful to go extra lightly on those parts and buff well with the mitt. More on that below! I just make sure that I am completely dry before I apply self tanner. I usually shower, towel dry, then wait a few minutes to ensure there are no damp parts of my skin.
STEP 3 • APPLY THE TANNER TO YOUR BODY IN SECTIONS
Once your skin is prepped you are ready to apply the sunless tanner. My favorite brand to use is the Fakebake Flawless tanner. I also use this mitt for application so I don’t end up with stained palms.
This self tanner comes in a spray bottle and sprays out brown so you can see where you’re applying it, which helps in getting a streak-free tan. I start with the upper part of my leg (knees to booty), then knees down to feet. I do the front part, then the back. Right after you spray, use the mitt to lightly smooth the product all over that part of your body.
After my legs are done, I spray onto booty, then stomach, chest, arms.
I’ll switch which hand I’m wearing the mitt on, depending what side of my body I’m working with.
TIP FOR HANDS, ELBOWS, KNEES :
I don’t spray directly onto those areas that tend to be more dry. Instead, I use the mitt to buff over areas like my heels, elbows, arm pits.
For my hands, I’ll spray the tanner onto the mitt, then buff over the back of my hand and between my fingers.
It takes about 10-20 minutes to dry completely, but if you’re in a hurry, you can lightly blast your skin with the cool setting of your blow-dryer to speed up the drying process.
WHEN WILL YOU SEE THE TAN?
You will immediately notice the tan, but it will deepen and develop into a darker tan over the next 4-6 hours.
HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR TAN
If I want an even deeper tan, I’ll apply self tanner at night, go to bed without rinsing, then apply it again in the morning. I love those results, especially in the summer if I’m wearing a swimsuit.
Avoid super hot showers and moisturize daily with an non oil-based moisturizer. Oil-based moisturizers tend to rub your tan off faster. I also avoid doing a super sweaty workout the day I tan. I’ve watched my tan run off my skin when I went for hot, humid run right afterwards! #lessonlearned
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If you’re shaving your legs, don’t press super hard. Each shave takes a bit of the tan off with it. You can go swimming, but your tan will fade more the longer you stay in the water.
LONG WILL YOUR TAN LAST?
If you follow those guidelines above, the tan lasts about 5 days.
DO YOU TAN YOUR FACE?
I have sensitive skin and haven’t tried this product on my face. But, I do use the Trish McEvoy Self Tanning Drops on my face and love the results. You put a few drops in your hands and then massage it all over your face. I usually do it at night and wake up in the morning with a light tan glow! You can use more for a deeper tan.
You can watch my self-tanning video on InstaStories saved to a highlight, SELF TAN.
If you liked this post, you may want to try my at-home gel manicure. It includes the magic product that makes your nails smooth as glass so your polish looks flawless! And you can find my Skincare Essentials here.
Have a great day friends!