March 19, 2015

Sunless Tanner: Do's & Don'ts

Lately I have been loading up on pastels, florals, and changing my beauty products in preparation for this upcoming Spring season, I can't believe it's almost here. Was it just me or was this winter never-ending? With that being said, my skin has not seen the sunlight in MONTHS and I am starting to look horribly washed out. This is the time of year that I usually start adding a little touch of sunless tanner to my daily moisturizer to add some color.

Over the years I have tried practically every brand, made every mistake possible, and actually taught myself how to successfully use the product. Here are some do's & don't do's that I live by when it comes to sunless tanner:

  • Exfoliate before applying. Many people say to exfoliate 12 to 24 hours before applying, but I prefer to apply it right after the shower.
  • Moisturize Make sure to not only have moisturized skin while applying but also while you try to maintain your faux tan. The easiest way for me to make sure I am moisturized enough before applying is to actually mix the sunless tanner with my daily lotions.
  • Moisturize some more especially on the driest areas such as your hands, feet, knees, & elbows. They require some extra loving and are the areas that tend to get blotchier than the rest of your body.
  • Find your right shade, don't try to overdo it.You don't want to end up looking like a cast member from The Jersey Shore, do you? Find a modest shade that compliments your tones, and always remember sometimes less is more.
  • Take your time there is no rush. The more time you spend applying your sunless tanner the more even and smooth your results will be. Also limit yourself to only applying once every day or so. 
  • Exfoliate again? Yes, you want to make sure that you continue to exfoliate your skin so that the sunless tanner cannot get caked on over time. Exfoliating will fade your tan, but if you stay moisturized and take breaks between applying you will see the best results.

  • Overdo it choosing a shade that is too dark will not only look obvious but horrible. We have all seen it, and definitely do not want to be it.
  • Keep loading it on if you are starting to get blotchy the worst thing you could possibly do is add more. Give it a few days to fade and start over fresh. Looking pale is better than looking blotchy any day.
  • Put directly on your hands and feet it really just is not a good idea. If you do, make sure that you are adding lotion to it while applying.
  • Wear white during or after applying until your next shower. This stuff is amazing but can be super messy. The last thing you want to do is ruin your favorite white tank or stain your fresh sheets.
  • Shower for at least 6 hours you want your sunless tanner to set before washing unless you want to wash it right off.

As far as brands go, I feel like I have tried them all, I am always testing them out to try and find the best of the best. Victoria's Secret has never disappointed me with any of their bronzing products. I think what I love most about their sunless tanners is the fact that they don't actually smell like sunless tanners. It is pretty amazing...their lotions/sprays have a very clean/feminine fragrance to them. I also love their shades, they are extremely natural, and are actually very easy to apply. I give VS two thumbs way up when it comes to sunless tanners. What are some of your favorite brands (or ones you've had troubles with)? I'd love to know!