I’ve gotten a few questions recently about my self-tanning routine, so I thought I would share a full blog post on the topic! I was recently thinking about how thankful I am for self-tanner… lol. My teenage self would literally lay out in the sun for HOURS trying to get the darkest tan possible, while my 31-year-old self tries to avoid the sun as much as possible. It’s so nice that we can get a nice, beautiful tan just from a bottle!
I’ve been using self-tanner for several years now and I have to say that I have it down to a good routine. Here are the steps I take for the perfect tan!
Step One: Prep
Prepping your skin is essential before applying self-tanner. It can really make a huge difference! The first step in skin prep is exfoliating. I use this Skin and Senses “Clarity” Sugar Scrub to exfoliate my skin in the shower. It’s not only great for getting rid of those dead skin cells, but it leaves my skin feeling SO SOFT thanks to its ingredients like grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil and Vitamin E. (It also smells really good and is non-toxic, too!) Next, I shave my legs and apply lotion only to the dry areas of my skin (like knees and ankles) to help the self-tanner go on more smoothly in those areas.
Step Two: Body Application
For body application, I use a tanning mitt to apply Loving Tan 2-Hour Express to each body part. I use three pumps for my calf, three pumps (each) for my upper legs, three pumps for my stomach, three pumps for my chest area and then three pumps for each arm. It’s seriously the best self-tanning product ever! I love that you only have to wait two hours before rinsing and the color turns out perfect every time – not orange at all. To rinse, I use hop in the shower and rinse off for a few minutes, making sure not to use any soap. It doesn’t have a strong smell and I find that it usually lasts for a week!
Step Three: Face Application
For my face, I use a different product – Isle of Paradise self-tanning drops. I mix a few drops of the Isle of Palms with my normal face moisturizer and apply to my face like normal (and then make sure to wash my hands!). After six hours, the tan is fully developed! I prefer to use this product in the morning. I’ve tried it at night and I sometimes wake up with a wonky tan due to pillow creases. Another tip is to just use a few drops at a time but use it multiple days in a row. I find that this works best for a gradual, even tan that lasts for a long time.
If you have any questions, be sure to leave them in the comments!