Self Tanning Routine
Hello loves! It's been a hot minute since I've last done a beauty post. I've had three spray tans in the last month due to spring break and dance competition season, and once my most recent one faded I was starting to miss the glow. Today I decided to apply self-tanner to get my glow back, and as I was applying it, I realized I haven't shared anything about self-tanner on the blog, so today I thought it would be fun and helpful to share how I apply self-tanner, what products I use, and a few tips and tricks.
Prepping the skin is necessary for any type of faux tan to apply without streaks and last the maximum amount of time. Smooth and moisturized skin will absorb the self-tanner best without leaving any streaks or patches. I first start out by shaving my legs with a moisturizing shave cream (I love this one by EOS). Then I use an exfoliator to scrub away any dead skin. I personally love a corse exfoliator and have been using the Foaming Sugar Scrub from Bath and Body Works. To get an extra intense scrub, I will apply the exfoliator with a loofa. After this, I apply a lightweight, unscented moisturized. I prefer this rather than a thick moisturizing cream because there are fewer chemicals that could interact with the self-tanner.
My favorite self-tanner to use is the St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse. It's only $13 and works magic on my skin! Since I am pretty fair to begin with, I use the shade medium (the product comes in medium and dark). The product does come out colored, so purchasing a tanning mitt is necessary to avoid staining on your hands.
Once I have pumped out the product on to the mitt, I swipe it on to my body then use circular motions to blend it in. I use about 3-4 pumps for my legs and 1-2 pumps for my arms (depending on how dark I want to be. The product soaks into the skin quickly and doesn't leave you feeling sticky after.
Using these products and this routine, I can normally get 3 days out of a self-tan. It doesn't last as long as a spray tan for me, but for a fraction of the cost and the convenience of being able to do it at home, it's a great way to get a faux glow.
I hope y'all found this helpful! Let me know if you have any questions or have any suggestions for new blog posts.
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