Although I live in South Florida, I haven't spent much time outside tanning. Self-tanner has become my best friend for the past couple of months! Today I'm going to be sharing with you guys how I keep a tan year-round as well as all the products I use.
Prepping the Skin: You want to make sure you shave, exfoliate, and moisturize your skin before applying the self-tanner. Prepping your skin is key! It will ensure your self-tanner goes on smoothly. I like to use Tree Hut exfoliator to get smooth skin and create a clean canvas for the self-tanner.
Applying the self tanner:I usually alternate between Loving Tan in Ultra Dark and Jergens Instant Sun in Deep Bronze. The Jergens is much more affordable and gets the job done, but I love them both. Make sure you use a tanning mitt for a streak-free application! I've been using the Bondi Sands tanning mitt, and it works perfectly.
I usually start with two pumps of self-tanner and work it into the skin in a circular motion. I leave my hands, elbows, knees, and feet for last and only use whatever is left on the mitt. Try to avoid putting too much product on those areas because it can get dark real quick... trust me, you don't want self-tanner hands. I learned the hard way hahaa.
I like to self-tan at night and sleep on my tan, so it has time to develop and I just rinse it off the following morning. I have all white bedding, so this next step is crucial for me... make sure you put something loose on to avoid transferring any self-tanner. It usually dries quick, but I'm not risking it lol. I have a designated long sleeve shirt and loose pants for self-tanning!
I don't apply self-tanner on my face because I have sensitive skin and I'm scared it's going to break me out, but I really want to try out the Tan-Luxe self-tan drops! I use my foundation and a lot of bronzer to match my face to my body.
Maintaining your tan: My tan usually lasts about a week and I notice it looks the best if I keep my skin moisturized. If you know me, you know that Cocoa Butter is my ride or die! I use Cocoa Butter every.single.day.
Removing your self tanner: Like I said my tan usually lasts about a week and after that it usually starts to fade away on its own. If some self-tanner is left, I make sure to scrub off the excess with it an exfoliating glove.
This is all I do for my self-tanning routine I hope this was helpful!