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Growing up I always had tan skin. I loved being out in the sun, whether I was swimming, playing with friends or running around Busch Gardens. Now that I am older, having tan beautiful skin has a whole new meaning for me. Over time I have realized the damaging effects the sun can have on our bodies and always try to protect myself from the sun’s dangerous rays. There is no doubt that I always wear sunscreen, but instead of going to tanning beds –or spending way too long in the sun– just to get a pretty tan I now go for self tanner instead!
Now that the sun is beginning to shine more and the weather is gradually warming up, I am really relying on self tanner to give my skin a beautiful glow. I really don’t like being pale and without self tanner, I am ghostly white, so I am extremely thankful to my favorite tanner, St. Tropez for what it does to my skin!
St. Tropez Self Tanner
For years now I have used St. Tropez Self Tanner to tan my skin in both the winter and summer months. St. Tropez self tanner is great year around and does not give you an orange, fake tan. Instead, one of the reasons I love this tanner so much, is that it gives my skin a beautiful deep olive brown color! It mimics my natural tan so well, that I use it in the winter months to fake a good tan and also use it in the summer to deepen my color more!
The other day I was tanning and it came to my mind that I don’t think I have ever shared the self tanner I use, on the blog at all. How is that? I started using St. Tropez in high school and I never even thought of doing a review on it! So, today I am going to share with you how I self tan and some of my tips and tricks for getting an even looking tan!
Prep Your Skin
Prepping your skin is really important when creating a flawless fake tan. I always like to tan clean, exfoliated, skin. Some people say that you need a really good exfoliator, however in my experience I find that using my regular body soap and my loofah work perfectly! I am able to scrub my skin good, exfoliate it and I don’t have to use any type of harsh body scrub. I am still on the lookout for the perfect body scrub, I’m just not a fan! But I really want to try this one! Next up, apply a lightweight lotion to your skin. I try to stay away from heavy creams and oily consistencies.
Tanning is All About the Mitt
I’m going to be brutally honest with you, again, on something that I am quite a shamed to mentioned. I can be quite conservative when it comes to spending my money in some ways! If I don’t think it’s necessary, I don’t even consider it as an option. Chanel bags aren’t cheap, so why waste your money on tanning mitts? Let me tell you, you are not wasting your money when it comes to tanning mitts. You need them. Not only will your hands be a mess and that perfect manicure will not be perfect anymore, but nothing will make your tan look more natural than using a mitt. It makes the process quick, easy, natural looking and mess free! That’s all I’m asking for in my self tanner. Buy the mitt you need it and I promise you you won’t regret it!
Hands and Feet
When it comes to the application process, I like to start at my legs and work my way up. Feel free to apply in whatever way feels natural to you. You probably know this, but just in case, be sure to pay extra attention to your hands and feet. These are the areas that are prone to showing that your tan is fake, which we definitely don’t want! I like to use the excess tanner that is on the mitt after I’m finished doing my body to run over my hands and feet really well. Sometimes I have to add a little extra tanner to the mitt, but just be careful not to add too much.
Preserve Your Tan
I am pretty bad about keeping up with my tan, but when I keep up with my tan, I feel so much better. I usually do mine every 5-7 days to keep it looking fresh. When you a have a fresh tan avoid using any abrasive scrubs, sponges or loofahs as these will destroy your tan! Instead opt for something more gentle until you are ready to re-apply your tan, which you will then want to start the process over, beginning with giving your skin a good scrub! Don’t forget to hydrate your skin and keep it moisturizer with a good lotion or cream.
Glistening, tan skin is so beautiful in the Spring and Summer months. It pairs perfectly with all of your favorite summer dresses, tank tops and off the shoulder looks, so be sure to show it off! For a little extra glam, try adding this tinted body lotion. It is my favorite body product during the summer months as it gives my skin an instant healthy glow, and shimmer!
Photos by Tiffany Sigmon Photography