Faking the I-just-returned-from-tropical-paradise bronzed look, year round, has never been easier . With so many good self tanners to choose from you don’t need to bake yourself in the sun to get the look. The brands are definitely upping their game. But there is still a fine line from looking tan to looking like a carrot.
If you don’t want to cross the wrong path follow these easy steps to ensure you are always on your A-game every time you apply your fake tan at home.
Starting with one of the main things is choose your product carefully. My top ones are lotions, dry oils and foams. I try to stay away from sprays just because they tend to be really messy and I waste a lot of product with the application . The best and easiest to apply, especially for beginners are foams. It’s easy to control the application and the results I get are really good. The brands I like and trust are St Tropez, Bondi Sands (more affordable), I also like certain products from Banana Boat, L’Oreal always follows the trends but their products could be hit or miss, I feel like by being on trend they often discontinue their good products.
Another important thing that goes hand in hand with picking the right product is the application method. If you choose foam you need a good mitt. I would highly recommend velvet, soft and fluffy one that is lined inside and doesn’t allow the product to seep through and stain your hands. If you decide to go with a spray anyway ( do it either outside or put a towel on the floor if need to be inside and never turn the exhaust fan while doing it 🙂 you will thank me later), you can use a mitt to blend the color after you spray it on. But if you choose a lotion or dry oil DO NOT USE the mitt as it will absorb the product and make the application disastrous and it will result in uneven and patchy tan. Use your hands and wash them afterwards.
Before application always exfoliate and shave. I prefer using an exfoliating mitt or a brush. Some kind of a tool rather than a product. As a lot of the exfoliating products leave film afterwards. Same goes for the shaving , if you use a shaving cream or gel stick to something that doesn’t leave a residue. You want to have smooth and free of any products skin. The only places you should moisturize are the elbows, knees, the knuckles of your hands and around your feet. Or any skin that feels drier. Just so this way the tan won’t stick to it.
Then just apply the tan of your choice and wait for it to dry before you get dressed.
In order to extend the tan be gentle when you shower, stay away from harsh products and always moisturize your skin. With proper care. good fake tans can last about 5-6 days.
PRODUCTS I LOVE:
Deep/ Dark Results:
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in ULTRA DARK – https://amzn.to/3sxlLKd
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in DARK – https://amzn.to/2XPiBTO
Self Tanning Mitt – https://amzn.to/3oWzmbN
Medium to Dark Results:
St Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse – https://amzn.to/35SHjaj
St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil- https://amzn.to/3nZZot5
St Tropez Gradual Face Cream – https://amzn.to/38VNagT
Achieving a wash of color / Perfect for Fair skin and someone that is nervous to go really dark:
Banana Boat Self Tanner in Deep/ Dark – https://amzn.to/2M7cHuQ
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body – https://amzn.to/3qDpZOp