The sun is out and so is my skin…and it is BLINDING my friends.
I swear I used to brown up after one day in the sun, nowadays even in Hawaii I can’t get a tan!
For that reason and for the reason of healthy skin, my bronzing needs to come from a bottle.
I know and support all my ladies who like to rock the white year round. I love to rock the white (or for me the pale greenish:) during the winter but I love the tan too, it has a whole different look and I’m definitely nostalgic for its connection with summer fun and spring dresses.
I guess you could say I have a little Jersey Shore in my soul cause I am totally down for the GTL. Minus the laundry…and the gym.
I am REALLY particular in products I recommend and I stand by everything I say but sometimes what I say is “eh, I like it but you may not” Like with mascara, it’s just one of those things that everyone disagrees on.
This is NOT like that,
Pretty much everyone wants the exact same things from their self tanner:
Look natural (meaning not streaky dirty or orangy )
Doesn’t offend the nostrils
and if it’s affordable well then heck, we’ll take that too:)
Last year I found my Unicorn tanner that is ALL OF THE THINGS.
Tanwise (get it here or it’s actually cheapest if you live near a Sally Beauty – they have it there too BTW – I JUST GOT WORD THAT IT’S BUY ONE GET ONE HALF OFF AT sallybeauty.com right now!)
Everyone I know now uses it and loves it. It is awesome.
I still get a fair amount of questions about it though so I thought I could post a little updated Q&A.
Q: What’s your routine?
A: Great question! With self tanner your procedure is EVERYTHING. So here’s what I do –
1. Take a shower and SCRUB! Imagine you’re about to commit a crime and you don’t want to leave any of your skin cells anywhere.
2. Wait until you are dry. Blend a small amount of lotion into your wrists, elbows, hands, feet & ankles. Those areas will soak up the most tanner so let them soak in a little bit of moisture first to even the playing field.
3. While in from of a full length mirror apply the tanner to one body part at a time. (like lower leg, upper leg etc.)
Be sure to notice the easy to forget spots like behind your knees or your your elbow.
4. Let it dry before you get dressed. (If you’re in a hurry you can always involve a bow drier:)
5. Apply regular lotion often after you’ve showered off the bronzer. It will make the tan last much longer!
Q: Do you use it with a glove, mitt or bare hands?
A: I use a Mitt. I just think it goes on smoothest that way. A lot of my readers have said they use gloves or bare hands too though. I know for some it’s just easier for them to blend it properly with their hands in that case it will stain your hands. I recommend washing them with baking soda afterwards.
Q: Does it wash off in the shower?
A: OK so here’s something that was confusing for a lot of folks. This self tanner is a bronzer & a self tanner. The bronzer part is there to make sure you get it on even (if it was clear it would be hard to know where you’d applied and where you hadn’t) and for people who want instant results. After a few hours you are free to swim and shower or whatever because although the bronzer will wash right off the tanner will be fully developed underneath (that’s the part that lasts a week or longer) Avoid getting wet at all before 4-6 hours is up.
Q: Does it get on your clothes/sheets?
A: Yes & no. Once its dried it is really resistant to getting on anything. I wear white undies and it does get on them from time to time when I get dressed too quickly after applying or if I get sweaty before I shower the bronzer off. If you are concerned with that I recommend putting it on before bed, wearing loose dark clothes to bed and showering off the bronzer in the morning. Once you shower the color left over cannot be transferred.
Q: it went on looking kind of weird and dirty, what gives?
A: Usually this happens when you’re really dry, so the bronzer clings more in the driest areas. It doesn’t seem to affect the self tanner just the bronzer, at any rate you want to avoid it by giving yourself a nice exfoliating shower before you apply and then applying as soon as you dry from the shower. That way you won’t have much dead skin for it to cling to.
Q: Do you use it on your face?
A: No. My sister does and she loves it. The only reason I don’t is because I prefer to us a spray on my face because I find it easier to apply and I find that it goes on more even and just looks prettier. I use Tomas on my face. I sing all of it’s praises here if you’d like to know more about it and all of it’s benefits:)
Q: I am SUPER pale can I still use it?
A: I am sure there are exceptions to this but I have only seen this stuff work miracles on the fairest of skin. Don’t be afraid of the fact that is says “Dark” and also that it looks so dark out of the bottle. Give it a try! It’s worked for many a light skinned girl!
I hope I’ve covered all the questions, if not I’m happy to answer more below:)
Love you guys, happy Monday!!!