Happy Summer Solstice! Summer is here – Yay! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a little tan?   It makes us look skinnier and hides a multitude of sins such as  cellulite, spider vains and stretch marks.  However, the ONLY safe way to get a tan is with self tanner. (Remember to always apply your sunscreen when heading outside. I talk more about The top 5 Myths of Sunscreen and my product recommendations for that here.)

A faux tan is your best friend this time of year and in this post I am sharing the best self tanners & how to apply them correctly. My favorite tips, techniques and products will have you looking like a golden goddess in no time.

THE BEST SELF TANNERS & HOW TO APPLY THEM

 

EXFOLIATE

This first step is crucial for a smooth and even looking tan.  My current favorite way to exfoliate is by dry brushing with this brush.  Dry brushing has many benefits. It stimulates the body’s circulation and lymphatic systems and instantly gives you smoother skin. Begin at the ankles and brush upward using light but firm strokes. You always want to brush toward the heart because that is the way the lymph flows naturally. After you finish your legs, brush your stomach, arms, and shoulders. Then head off into the shower. If dry brushing isn’t your thing and you prefer a good body scrub, this one is excellent before applying self tanner.

MOISTURIZE

After thorough exfoliation, apply moisturizer to your feet, elbows and knees. this is very important, because our skin is drier in these areas and will soak up lotions faster. Lotioning these parts beforehand will ensure even looking color and a realistic looking tan.

DO NOT SHAVE YOUR LEGS

You may be tempted to shave your legs  but just don’t do it. It will leave you covered with those little brown dots all over your legs – not a pleasant view, if you ask me.

PUT A MITT ON IT

This is probably one of the my biggest tips for even application and distribution of product.  This mitt is fantastic, reasonably priced and will ensure an even application. It will also keep your hands clean, so no dreaded Oompa Loompa hands after applying.

APPLICATION

Apply self tanner and massage into the skin in a circular motion – even if you are using a spray, you still need to blend it in. BLEND, BLEND, BLEND.  Go easy on elbows and knees and make sure you blend around your ankles. Let dry about 10 minutes before getting dressed. You can do this a couple of days in a row to achieve your perfect color. Once achieved, this is a  fantastic lotion to apply the next day to make it even more glowy looking.  It is a BB cream for the body that contains a little sheen, self tanner and makeup to even out your skin tone. It also smells delicious.  This is a good greener alternative.

 

Here are a few of my favorite self tanners:

 

James Read Tan Body Express Glow Mask in Neutral.
Bareminerals Faux Tan Sunless Tanner For Body
Clarins Golden Glow Body Booster – 1 fl. oz.
NKD SKN Tinted Tan Mousse Medium • Vita Liberata  
Jergens® Natural Glow® Firming Daily Moisturizer in Medium to Tan • Jergens
St. Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt
James Read Tan Face Express Glow Mask in Neutral.
Tanwise Self-Tanning Face Gel
Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster
Jergens® 2 oz. Natural Glow Face Moisturizer Medium to Fair with SPF 20
Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

Do you have a favorite?  I would love to hear about it!

XO,

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