My Guide to Self Tanner


I've been using self-tanner since before I can remember. I really got into finding my favorites my senior year of high school, and now I think I've got the whole thing down. I'm going to share my must-haves to achieve a streak-free, long lasting tan. I also swear by drugstore tanners. I've tried countless types of tanners from Sephora but not only did spending $40 on a tanner make my wallet hurt but I also just never saw results that "wowed" me. 

I have started by listing what I have found work, and then explained step-by-step instructions to getting your best glow!

Favorite Products:

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L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Serum: This is one of my go-to's. I use this when I need something that actually dries quickly and won't transfer. This gives to most consistent, long-lasting color. I also love it for the summer because it doesn't get runny or streaky if I swim or get wet. 

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Jergens Instant Sun in Dark: This is a mousse form of a tanner that I use when I'm running out the door and need some color on my legs. I will say, it is relatively sticky and will show up on your sheets the next morning if you hop right in bed after applying it. But, the color is really natural and it's easy to use. 

SwanMyst Tanning Mitt: I ordered this off of Amazon honestly because I didn't want to spend a fortune on a mitt. This one is great-- it totally does the job. 

 Exfoliating Towel:  This is my favorite way to exfoliate. Mainly because you can see the old tanner coming off as you're scrubbing in the shower. Just add some of your body wash to it and exfoliate away! 

Dry Brush:  I just started dry brushing a few months ago and I love it. I love the way it wakes up my skin and how intense it is when I really need to give my legs a little more attention when it comes to removing old tanner. 

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Neutrogena Body Oil:  This stuff is my little secret when it comes to extending the life of your tan. Don't use this before you tan, or the night of tanning. Apply this on day 2 or 3 of your tan right after you hop out of the shower. 

Steps I take to achieve my tan: 

1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. I use the dry brush pre-shower, and then use the towel in the shower. Also, shave your legs! Get rid of any hair and dead skin that could make your tan patchy! 

2. Get out of the shower, dry off, and let your skin cool down (I only mention this since I take piping hot showers). 

3. Apply a light lotion to any areas that tend to soak up extra tanner like your ankles, knees, elbows, and wrists. 

4. Grab your mitt and dispense a good amount on it! Go ahead and spread it everywhere! I move in circular motions until the product is clearly blended in well. If you're sleeping in your tanner, I suggest sleeping in lightweight PJ pants.

5. I like to give myself at least 8 hours before I wash the product off. I might be giving it more time than actually necessary, but I'd rather allow more time than to wash it all off after all of that hard work!