Most of the time, this really doesn’t bother me.I am not one that needs to be bronzed ALL year long. HOWEVER. April/Mayish rolls around, and I suddenly turn into a JLo aspirant. In doing so, I have learned all about the “self tan” or “sunless tanning”. Many people shy away from it because you are literally dying your skin. However, with a little practice, it does not have to be so scary. If you stick to exfoliating, moisturizing, and these secrets – you will be a pro in no time!
I’m white. No, let me rephrase that – I am transparent. Casper has more color than I do naturally. Plus, my rheumatologist would lose his mind if he ever caught me deliberately baking in the sun just so I can be a shade darker. Why? Well, for those of us with lupus (this actually applies to several autoimmune disorders) are advised to avoid the sun due to the number it does on our insides. The sun can bring out our lovely butterfly rash, as well as a flare-up which can bring on joint pain, fatigue, weakness, and other lovely symptoms. So to say that I do not mess this the sun is putting it lightly. Really, lying out in the sun isn’t that great for anyone – autoimmune disease or not. So stick with me, and get your best tan!
1. Do your legs first
I always start with my legs first because I want them the darkest. The tanner has the the longest amount of time to sit on my legs while I am doing the rest of my body. I move onto my arms next, followed my chest, back, and stomach. You can really go in whatever order you want. Just be sure to think about what you want the darkest, and what you want the lightest. Bonus tip Do your hands last. That way, it will be on your hands the least amount of time, and not so fakey! (yes- it’s a word!)
2. Make Up Brushes
I learned this tip years ago from a beauty vlogger, and it has made a world of difference. Do not use your tanning mitt to apply the tanner to your face, hands or feet. Instead, use a make up brush! I put a small amount on the mitt, dip the brush in, and gently buff the tanner into my face, feet and hands.
3. Use a color guard
There are so many different types of tanners now. Mousses, gels, lotions. Green based, blue based, yellow based. Tanners with and with color guards. I have not found why you would not want to use the guard. Maybe I am missing something? But, I have always found that my tans are more uniformed, less bald spots, less streaky when I have a color guard in them.
4. Do nothing- No, Really!
I cannot sleep in fake tan. I give major props to those who can. I just cannot stand the feel of it on my skin. And, I know many, many bloggers/vloggers will swear you need to sleep in them. But I have literally never slept in my tanner. I also have not put it on and trained for a marathon. What’s my point? Do not put it on and go for a run, or shop til you drop (unless it’s Amazon). But tanner and binge Stranger Things Season 3? Totally feasible.
5. Know which brands & formulas work for your skin
This one might take some time and/or experimenting. Now, you can either try out a few different brands, and have fun with this. Or, do what I do when I need a new product– obsessively read reviews of every SINGLE thing available until I finally break down, and buy something. In all seriousness, there are several options out there right now in regard to sunless tanning. And, since I have been self tanning for quite some time now, I have built up a repertoire of 4 or 5 products I can count on to give a near perfect glow nearly every time. However, due to different body chemistry, there will be quite an array. So, if you have not found your brand and or formula yet- keep calm, and keep looking because there IS something for you. If you are looking for suggestions, you might be interested in starting here.
Over the years, I have learned the ins and outs of self tanning- the good, the bad and the ugly. I always am learning, so if you have any tips to share, PLEASE let me know! I always want to hear how I can improve my tanning regime. Hopefully whether you have been tanning for years or a novice, these tips will help you out with your next self tan!