Hi family, what’s good? Summer is in full swing and summer means my skin will be glowy and bronze and I can stop faking it with self-tanners!
Totally kidding, I have 3 jobs and my fluorescent white skin will never see the sun. BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t look like I just spent the last 3 months travelling hot places of the world ‘soul searching’ or whatever those rich kids pretend they’re doing. Introducing: how I self-tan.
As a preface, if you actually have time to go outside (can’t relate), please, for the love of God wear sunscreen. Your skin is so fragile and while a tan looks beautiful, it’s so damaging. Do your best to tan gradually, apply high SPF sun protection, and wear hats to shield the skin on the face. If you’re like me and have zero time to even think about sitting in the sun, sunless tanning is your go-to. Now you’re probably wondering, “Paige, tanning beds only take 5-10 minutes, thats quick and easy, right?”
I. Do not. Condone. Tanning beds. Not only are you 75% more likely to develop skin cancer in a tanning bed (!!!), but it also causes premature aging.
So, sunless tanning for me involves St. Tropez self tanning mousse in ‘dark’ ($54 CAD) , St. Tropez broning sheet mask ($9 CAD), a tanning mitt ($8 CAD), and Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer ($9.98 CAD). When choosing a depth of colour in any tanning product, don’t go crazy. I mentioned I have fluorescent white skin but that was a bit of an exaggeration. My natural skin does have some colour to it, so I can get away with the dark shade of self tanner. If you actually are very fair, try a natural bronze or medium shade. Also, another tip is to look up videos or reviews of different brands before purchasing a self-tanner; on my skin, St. Tropez looks nice and bronzey with an olive undertone, but some products will leave you darker than expected or worse – orange.
Before you self-tan, make sure to shave and exfoliate your skin. This will make sure you have fresh skin, and as the tan fades it will fade evenly instead of in patches. There are plenty of videos online on how to self-tan, but all I do is work my way up from my feet to my neck using the bronzing mousse and mitt in small circular motions. Use a full-body mirror to make sure you don’t miss any nooks or crannies. Also remember to apply slightly less product on the hands, fingers, ankles, elbows and knees because these areas seem to develop tan a lot better than other parts of the body – applying less product will make sure everything is even once it dries. For the face, I use the St. Tropez tanning sheet mask to get a lightly bronzed glow (that actually leaves your skin feeling super soft). I’m sure you could apply the mousse to the face, but I’m scared it would give me acne or make me look like Snooki circa 2007:
I would much rather make my face match my body with a darker foundation or bronzer instead of having to lighten or neutralize an orange face. Once your tan is on, stand naked in your room for a while like that guy from the “hi welcome to Chili’s” video:
By that I mean, try to make sure your arms are away from your body and your legs aren’t touching; you don’t want your tan to transfer or become patchy. Once you are dry to the touch, leave it on for a minimum of 3 hours, but I leave mine on overnight. When you wake up, do not be alarmed that you look like an Oompa Loompa. Shower off the excess tan and you’re left with glowy, tanned skin.
Now, to maintain a tan, you want to moisturize your skin. If your skin becomes dry it will shed, and your fake tan will come off with the skin. I love using Jergens because it actually adds a bit of a colour to the skin as it moisurizes, so you won’t have to self-tan as often. You’ll notice your tan fade after a few showers, and you can go ahead and do the routine all over again. It really doesn’t take much time at all once you develop a habit of it, and it is much less damaging than sitting in the sun for hours.
So that’s all folks. In my final note I just want to say all skin is beautiful whether you are very fair, naturally tan, or have a deep complexion. But if you have fair skin and you want to tan, go for it! If you want to embrace your fair skin, do it! Bronzed summer skin is a look but porcelain skin will never go out of style either.
Until next time,
P.S. someone count how many times I used the word ‘tan’