I’ve been using self tanners for years and have perfected my routine to ensure a flawless natural looking tan. I have wrote down a step by step along with tips on how to get the most of your tan.
STEP 1: I start by using the Frank Body Coffee Scrub all over my body to exfoliate and remove any remnants of my previous tan and to remove the dead skin.
STEP 2: Shave legs, underarms, etc.
STEP 3: Apply a light oil (coconut or keri) to entire body to moisturize and prep the skin for the self tanner. Make sure to really moisture your hands, feet, ankles, knees, and elbows. Let this sink in so you are not oily to the touch.
STEP 4: Next take your double-sided tanning mitt and squirt a few pumps of the tanning mousse onto the mitt. I love the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in the dark shade. When applying, I break up the body into sections, and apply in circular motions. I start from my legs and work my way up.
STEP 5: For my face, I use my normal PM moisturizer and then spray the St. Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist all over. This stuff sprays out in the perfect mist for an even natural looking tan.
*Tip: I highly recommend using a mitt for application to ensure an even natural looking tan and prevent your hands being stained.
*Tip: Stand in front of the mirror when applying the product to make sure you don't miss any spots.
*Tip: When applying the product to the hands & feet, use the remnants of the mousse that is left on the mitt and gently got over the back of the hand and tops of the feet so they are lightly covered.
STEP 6: Let it dry for about 10-15 minutes before putting clothes on. I like to sleep with it on to develop the tan over night. I wear a long sleeve t-shirt and sweat pants so I don't get any of it on my sheets.
STEP 7: The next morning I will take a shower to wash off the "guide color."
STEP 8: To help your tan last longer, stay moisturized and don’t exfoliate!! I like to use the Hemp Gradual Tanning Lotion to extend my tan.
*Tip: Avoid pools if possible. I know we all want to be tan by the pool but unfortunately the chlorine in a pool will cause your tan to fade faster.
This blog post is in collaboration with ASOS.