How do you feel when you find an old 20$ bill in the pockets of your winter coat after 6 months in your closet? The joy of cleaning/decluttering your beauty stash is to find out those hidden gems; a forgotten perfume, a superb shadow that you used to wear all the time or in my case, 3 bottles of self-tanner that you forgot you had and will probably turn bad anytime soon. A couple of weeks ago, armed with good intentions and no expectations whatsoever, I decided to try one of these newly found self-tanner. Remembering that the last time I did this process was maybe 5 years ago, I think I tried to block this thought from my brain: I looked a little like those Oompa Loompa creatures and there was nothing natural about my tan (I could also mention the great orange hand stamp left on my calf by BeardMan but that’s another story…).
Getting back to my self-tanner disaster waiting to happen, I must admit that I was really surprised: although at first, I looked a little patchy, I just fell in love with the overall finish and how long lasting it really was, even after going swimming, transpiring etc… A far cry from how it used to be…
I now understand all of you, self-tanner addicts!! I will take an obvious pause from November until March, when I mostly wear turtle necks, tuques and scarfs, but during our summer months and warmer temperature, I will try to maintain my bronze goddess status…
Note: I’ve applied these products using two techniques: the lazy way and the right way!! I can therefore say that there is a direct correlation between the amount of time spent and the result!! Each step is pretty obvious but a reminder never hurts …
This is the most important step for having a flawless self-tanned body! Trust me, no one wants a patchy result. Self-tanner sinks into dry skin, leaving dark patches that look entirely unnatural (and, let’s be honest, a little gross). Try removing all dead skin with a coarse scrub, focusing on rough spots like knees and elbows. Avoid anything oil-based, since it leaves residue that causes streaks. Taking off the dead skin will ensure a perfect canvas for the following steps…
Use your favorite body cream or oil and apply a generous amount prior to self-tanning. This is extremely important since it will smooth out imperfections and blend in your « not-so-real” tan much better. Again, emphasive on your knees, heels, toes and elbows. This step should be repeated every night or morning to ensure the best hydration possible and to maintain your beautiful glow. It’s important to let your moisturizer sink in before the last step…
Take Your Time and Blend
If you have only 15 minutes to do it all, just don’t do it. You need to take your time when applying your self-tanner, and blend, blend and blend some more. Using a mitt is also very important to avoid unwanted streakiness and better blending capabilities. Begin with small part of your body instead of doing all your arm in one stride, you will get to see if your technique is OK and adjust for large, prominent areas. It’s also very important to stay undressed until it’s dry to the touch. I would suggest doing this at night since it could transfer on your clothes easily. The result is a near perfect glow in the morning!
Practice really makes perfect. Be patient and just blend like hell… I can’t begin to tell you how happy it makes me feel to apply darker foundations and bronze my face a tiny bit more; tan skin looks so much better.
Note: ☀︎If you want a tan, use a self-tanner and stay away from the sun. Use SPF when outdoors and always reapply throughout the day.
Note 2: I don’t use self-tanner on my face since it breaks me out big time!
♥ Wax or shave 24 hours before application and exfoliate,
♥ Use a product with an applicator mitt to avoid staining your hands and to increase your blending capacities,
♥ Before you start, create a moisturizer barrier by applying a thick lotion or body cream to your joints, feet and hands. Because these areas tend to be really dry, they’re known to soak up excess color from self-tanning products, which can lead to darker spots,
♥ Leave your self-tanning product on for at least eight hours before showering. Don’t forget to wash your hands!
♥ Moisturize every day to maintain your glow and to keep your skin looking healthy.
Are you a proud “Fake Bronze Goddess”??? Which product would you recommend???
DISCLAIMER: This is not sponsored. Although some items may have been sent as pr, I am under no obligation to review them. Most items I discuss are purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and not edited by any companies mentioned.