As an Arizona girl I am all about sunscreen or at least since being in my mid 20’s I have been all about sunscreen. The days of sitting out in the sun just to “SunTan” are over for me, who wants age spots and wrinkles for the rest of their life. NO ONE! I have been doing at-home-self tanners for years now and I think I have found a few that will get you that healthy-looking glow.
I have one tanner that is easy for travel situations, another that is pregnancy safe, two that build-able everyday lotions and lastly my ALL TIME FAVORITE tanning mousse. I have used all of these at one time and they are great in their own way!
Tan Towel: The TanTowel towelettes are infused with a clear self-tanning formula that goes on really easy with no mess (Just remember to wash you hands after applying). I throw a couple in my makeup bag while I’m traveling and reapply when I feel like that glow is disappearing. They come in two sizes: Large for (full body) which is what I use all the time and regular size (half body) is for perfect for touching up your arms and legs. 5 full body towelettes cost $29.00, so I only buy them before we are headed on vacation (ON SALE now if you click the link )
NKD SKN Tan While I was pregnant I was very cautious (like most mamas) about what I used on my skin. But this product is 100% natural and odorless( it really is), a highly nourishing self tan mousse. It is 100% natural DHA and is free from perfumes, parabens/alcohol and it is infused with aloe vera, melon and lychee. It really is a great way to go if you want a nice tan while pregnant. The one thing I noticed about this product was the mousse didn’t apply as easy as other mousse tanners. I expected it to glide on and spread nicely but I really had to work to spread it all over. I felt like I used a lot more mousse than normal to make sure every inch of skin was covered evenly ($19.99 on Amazon…mitt not included).
Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer this is what I consider an affordable tan $9.99 per bottle and great if you like to build up to your preferred tan. It does take about the three days to get some nice color and it provides lots of moisture to your skin. I definitely make sure to rub this product in well because I have had a major streaking incident before.
Clarins Self Tanning Lotion has the most wonderful light scent, it is light weight and never has left my skin greasy or sticky. I never have had any streaks issues with Clarins but it does take a few days to build up that nice summer glow. I love this tanning lotion because no one would ever know that your wearing self tanner because it smells that good! It is a perfect choice for those who wish to maintain a year-round tanned appearance and smell delicious!
St. Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse is my all time favorite tanner! The reason is I have had the most success with….no streaks…the tan stays on for about a 7-10 days…and I can control the depth of tan by how long I leave it on…1 hr = light sunkissed glow 2 hrs = medium golden tan 3 hrs = deep dark bronze. With any mousse tanner always remember to use a mitt and I like to wash my hands careful and blend in areas by my wrists, knees and elbows. The bottle is a little expensive but surprisingly will last you a long time.
FADE THOSE STRETCH MARKS for a week or so (see previous post on stretch marks). Self tanners definitely can help with hiding stretch marks. First, make sure to always exfoliate your skin before you apply any tanner, exfoliation and hydration are 2 of the 3 important tricks to hiding stretch marks. Trick #3 is to apply tanner as normal and then do some detail work by dipping a foundation/smaller brush into the self-tanning mousse painting over your stretch marks to give those white lines even more color. It takes a little more time but when done right can really help fade those stretch marks.
Let me know your favorite self tanners, I love trying outnew ones!
Happy Self Tanning!!