Spring is here, the birds are chirping, the flowers are starting to bloom, and the temperatures are rising. We are getting ready to put our winter clothing in storage, and bring out the short sleeves and shorts. But, the winter has left us with pasty white skin, and who wants to see that? There are a lot of ways to achieve a faux tan, but not all of them will give you the results you want. It has taken me a few years, but I pretty much have the routine down to a science.I have used a lot of self-tanning products, but most of them have some drawbacks. I have a slight allergy to smells, some smells give me a headache, so finding a self-tanner has been difficult. Most tanning products leave a nasty, lingering odor.
If the smell is not a factor for you, finding a non-streaking product is still a problem. No matter how adept you are at applying a self-tanner, you run the risk of having a “spot” that is either too dark or too light. Here are my steps to help you look your best.
Shower and Exfoliate
Shower. Shave. Exfoliate. In order to get a smooth and streak free tan, you need to rid yourself of any dead skin that is on your body. Showering and shaving are not enough. I purchased an exfoliating mitt, that takes off dead skin, but there is a cheaper option. Purchase a box (or bag) of raw sugar, and put it is a waterproof container in your shower. Put a small amount in your washcloth, and rub over your body. Completely rinse the sugar off, and you are set. Make sure you scrub lightly, you don’t want to irritate your skin.
I have extremely dry skin that flakes, cracks, and is all around yucky. I need to moisturize more often than I do, but when I finally get around to using lotion, I use Lubriderm Advance Therapy. I moisturize in two different ways. I keep the lotion in the shower so that I can apply the lotion while I am still wet. After I shower, I turn off the water, and use my hands to rake the remaining water off my skin. I will thin apply the lotion all over my body. It is slippery, but it doesn’t drop off onto the bottom of the shower. Joe hates it when I put on something, and then he gets in the shower and almost falls because the floor is slick. Haha After I am covered in the lotion, I get out of the shower and just dab off the remaining water with a towel. It may take a few minutes to completely dry. OR, I shower, then dry off, and apply the moisturizer. Why put on the lotion, then put on the self tanner? Why not do this process in one step? I put a small amount of each in my palm, and then let them mix on my body. The lotion helps the tanner to flow smoothly, and helps to reduce streaking.This would be the amount I start with for each leg. I just squirt some lotion and then add the approximate same amount of self-tanner. No need to mix it together, just start rubbing the concoction on your body.Let’s be honest, I REALLY must like you gurls to show an up close pic of my leg. I know you can’t un-see this, but I have to see it daily. Haha Here is the glob before I start to rub it in. Doesn’t this look wonderful? It reminds me of walnut stain. You know, the color your hands turn when you have been picking up walnuts off the ground.
Which self-tanner do you pick? I like a couple different tanners, here are a couple of my favorites. L’OREAL Sublime Bronze is a good self tanner. I use the medium natural tan. The only drawback I have is the smell, remember I am sensitive. If the smell doesn’t bother you, then this is a decent product at a reasonable price. LORAC TANtalizer is a good tanner that I bought at Ulta. I went to Ulta, asked the sales clerk for their best tanner, and this is what they recommended. It has a beautiful color, but it washes off in the shower more than some of the other products I have used. The first time I used it, I was shocked at how brown the shower water turned. Of course, there is product still left on your body, but I don’t like having to apply tanner more often. I am currently using SUN Laboratories by Gissee. The color is great, the smell is relatively light, and the wash off residue is small. I bought a small bottle the first time, but I went for the big daddy this last time. With any self-tanning product, you need to try the product on a small area, on a hidden part of your body, to make sure you will not have an allergic reaction.This is after I rubbed in the lotion on my one leg. You can see the difference immediately. It will actually darken a little more in the next couple of hours. If you want more color, just add another layer. I usually just add one layer to begin with. I want the tan to look natural, so if you all of a sudden show up really dark, that might not look too natural. After three of four days, put on another layer. Do this till you get to your desired color. This is what your hand will look like after you apply the tanner. I have a tanner mitt, but I honestly don’t like those things. I just prefer to use my hands, and wash them afterwards. Wash your hands with soap, then use a washcloth to dry your hands. The washcloth will be damp, so take it and go in between your fingers. You don’t want extra tanning lotion to “pool” in crevices. Go between the fingers, very lightly wipe off your wrist, elbows, knees, and ankles. These are your problem areas.This is how much extra tanning product came off onto my washcloth. Let the tanning lotion dry completely before you put clothes on. I will put on a housecoat while it dries. Don’t wear white. haha Even though the lotion is dry, it may still rub off a little.
The dress that I wore on Sunday is a beautiful blue and white maxi dress from Cato’s. I bought this at least two years ago to wear to Sandy’s son’s wedding. Here is a similar dress (misses) and here is a similar one, (plus). The navy cardigan is from Old Navy, and is one that I have worn often. Here is a similar one (misses) and here is the plus version.
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