I used to love to go tanning up until I was pregnant with Grace [I don’t know why I am so embarrassed as I type that!]. I guess I just cannot believe that I knew how bad it was for me + stupid expensive, + I went along + did it anyways.
Whatever, I guess you live + you learn… right?
For over a year I have switched to self-tanner products, instead — opting for sunscreen 80% of the time I am in the sun! Not only have I noticed that my skin is healthier because of it, but I love how I can maintain a bronzy glow year-round knowing I am not compromising my health.
So, I figured I would do a little post on my favorite tanner [I have used this one solely for over a year] + the products I use alongside it to get the best color to last the longest.
Everything I am mentioning today is budget-friendly because a little of each product goes a long way + I only have to restock these things 2-3 times a year! Much cheaper than spending money on monthly tanning [eeeeeek!].
Scroll below to get the lowdown on:
- exactly how I self-tan every week
- + my tips for maintaining it!
My Process For Self-Tanning
I have always been skeptical when it comes to buying anything beauty because I think most of it is unnecessary + overpriced. But, also because I have used a few popular self-tanners in the past that smell horribly, are a pain in the tush to apply, + make me look orangey.
But, once I switched to using these tanning drops instead of a mousse/lotion… I became hooked!
It’s not only really easy to apply, but after a few times of applying it you get the hang of how to make sure there are little-to-no streaks every time! Also, I love the bronzy glow it gives me every time without looking too overly fake-tanned.
My simple self-tanning process:
- I use this scrubber to exfoliate my body in the shower [but, never on my face!]. This is the only face wash I use.
- Then, I dry myself off with a towel + prepare to immediately self-tan.
- All you need is a face lotion [I use this one], a body lotion [I use this one], + these tanning drops [I swap between using the medium + dark drops].
- First, I put just body lotion on places like my elbows, ankles, + knees [which helps with not getting tanner caked in those areas].
- Then, I grab some face lotion + mix in 2-6 drops of tanner in my hand, depending on how dark I want to look, + wipe it all over my face, neck, + chest.
- I do the same with the body lotion/drops to the rest of my body [honestly, I rarely ever tan my stomach + back!].
- The tan develops over 4-5 hours. I pretty much only do it at night so I wake up with color + it makes it easier for me to match the color with my makeup routine.
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Tips For Maintaining Your Tan
I am a very very very low maintenance person when it comes to my beauty regiment. But, I find this is what works for me when it comes to maintaining my tan + putting in the least amount of effort!
I typically tan my entire body anywhere from every 4-6 days [which isn’t a big deal because it takes maybe 5 minutes, max]. In the winter, it takes 2-3 minutes because I only tan my arms, chest, face, + neck since I am in pants/socks all the time!
In between those 4-6 days, I tan my face one time. I find that washing it every night/morning takes a bit of the tan off. So, I like to reapply in between doing my body. I use Trader Joe’s tree oil face pads every morning + their face wash every night/shower.
I also began using this Vitamin E oil every night before bed. It has made my skin softer, more even, + drastically helped lessen my melasma after my first pregnancy! It doesn’t necessarily “maintain” my tan, but I figured I would include that I used it because my face regiment is that limited + I swear by this one. The price is totally worth it because it lasts SO long!
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