Hey babes! So if you are like me and are a pale girl, and hate getting pasty in the winter than you are in luck. I have tried out so many different self-tanners and spray tans and trust me sometimes I looked like an Oompa Loompa. But don’t you worry, I have finally figured out the best ways to self-tan at home! Now you don’t have to be worried about getting pale in the wintertime. Instead, you will look like you just got back from a vacay in Cabo.
Step One: Shave
First things first you have to start with a good base. If you go in without taking these steps your tanner may turn out to be splotchy or even orange, and you DON’T want that! You always want to make sure to get the closest shave as possible. That means use a ton of shaving cream and a new razor.
Step Two: Exfoliate
After getting a close shave, you want to exfoliate. This step will help get rid of any dead skin that you have built up. I personally love to use a super granulated exfoliator because I fell that your legs are the softest after that. To get an even better scrub you can use a loofah, this will really help scrub away any dead skin.
Step Three: Dry Off
Making sure that you dry off is very important. What I like to do is when I get out of the shower I pat dry and then will let my body air dry for about ten minutes. Taking that time to let your body completely dry is essential. Not doing this will create weird drips and spots in your tan.
Step Four: Apply
Time to apply your self-tanner. My personal favorite has been the NKD SKN Tinted Tan Mousse in the shade Medium. Like I mentioned I have tried countless of self-tanners that have left me looking like an orange or splotchy. This Mousse has never made me look like an Oompa Loompa, my tan has looked naturally tan. Your skin looks so nice and natural with this product on. I especially love that you can see the color when you are applying it, so you can see if you missed a spot. I also recommend using a tanning mitt, this will help to create a seamless tan. For this particular tanner, you can leave it on for six to eight hours.
Step Five: Shower
After leaving on your tanner for the recommended time it’s time to rinse it off. Make sure when you are showering that you are not using any stripping body wash, meaning no harsh chemicals, colors, or scents. I know this might sound crazy but using baby soap is a great body wash because it will not strip your skin. After getting out of the shower make sure to pat dry your skin, DO NOT WIPE, if you wipe then your tan will become streaky. Always pat dry!
Step Six: Moisturize
The last and final step is to lather up in a lotion or oil. After my first day of my tan, I like to use coconut oil because it helps your skin look silky and smooth. You want to moisturize on a daily basis, or even multiple times a day. This will help to prolong your tan and make it last as long as possible.
And that’s it! I know it may sound like a crazy amount of things to do but you will get the hang of it after a couple times. I also wanted to mention that I do not self-tan my face. Even though I use a product that is organic, I don’t want to risk my face breaking out. So I have a foundation that matches my self-tan color. I recommend doing this so that you don’t put any harsh products on your face.
Go out there and rock your gorgeous self-tanned skin!