In college, one of my favorite hobbies was tanning. The smell of the tanning bed, the high you get when you get out of there, and the incredible perfect bronze tan that you get can be addicting. However, I have not set foot in a tanning bed in almost 2 years and am very proud of that. However, with tank top and bikini season right around the corner, it flat out sucks to be pale! So, before I hit the beach, I am definitely going to do some fake-baking. Here are some tips because believe me I have tried it ALL and learned the hard way. I remember for my Senior picnic in highschool my mom rubbed fake tanner all over my back the night before. Not only did it come out streaky, but she gave me poison ivy too. I have grown from that experience!
- Do not try to look tanner by putting on darker foundation. Been there, done that & it looks terrible and cakey. Instead, match your foundation to your face (or you a tinted moisturizer) and bronze the part of your face that the sun would naturally hit such as your cheekbones, forehead, and nose. Make sure to blend in with your neck and chest. I LOVE Bare Mineral warmth. A beautiful, natural tan.
- Start with a gradual self tanner such as Jergens. I love this stuff. It helps your skin gradually get darker and hydrates your skin. Win, Win!
- When looking for an at home self-tanner, start modest. DO NOT try to overdo it by choosing “Dark” if you have Marcia Cross’s complexion. Do a test area before as well (somewhere where people can’t see) to see what shade it turns. I personally like lotions for my face but like towelettes or mists for my body because they are easier to blend. If you have try skin like me, the mist can try out your skin so make sure to hydrate your skin before.
- Do not forget to exfoliate! Especially around your ankles and feet. The self-tanners work much better when they are not sticking to your dead skin cells! 🙂
- Get a professional spray tan. They are amazing and look like the real thing. There are some salons that have a machine do it and others that have a person doing it. I prefer the actual person because they can accentuate certain parts of your body and even paint on abs! This is definitely worth the investment and they cost anywhere from $30-50 per session and last about 2 weeks.