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  • Regina Thomas

Self-Tanning Routine!

Summer is here! Hooray! I don't know about all of you, but I feel great when I have a nice tan. A nice SUNLESS tan that is! Sunless tanning has come a very long way since the days of orange skin and streakiness! The best way to get a flawless sunless tan is definitely by going to a salon and getting a custom spray tan, but that can be time consuming. Luckily, it's totally feasible to get a gorgeous glow at home!

First, it's important to exfoliate! I like to do a sugar scrub (check out Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Body Scrub $12 Ulta) and shave the day I'm going to do a sunless tan application. If you shave, you should try Cremo Moisturizing Shave Cream ($8 Target)! It's super concentrated, it smells heavenly, and it makes my skin super soft-no razor burn! If you wax, I would suggest waxing two days prior to your sunless tanning application!

Next, I ensure my skin is hydrated! Most self tanners are formulated with alcohols that can be drying which leaves your skin looking patchy. I like to use Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer because it's super quick to apply and very lightweight ($6 Target). I also like to put a body butter on my ankles, knees, hands, and elbows to ensure that those areas don't absorb too much tanning solution.

Time to tan! I have been using the Jergens Instant Sun Tanning Mousse ($12 Target) and I love it! It dries in 60 seconds! I also like that it has bronzer in it so that you can see where you've applied it! What's the best way to apply? With a tanning mitt!! Tanning mitts can be found at Ulta, Sephora, and on Amazon and they make a HUGE difference! No orange palms and smooth even color-for real, you need a tanning mitt! When it comes to tanning your back, I suggest either employing a buddy or purchasing a lotion applicator for the back (available on Amazon). For the face, I like to use St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil ($35 Ulta), it's nice because I can add a couple of drops to my moisturizer or sunscreen (hint, hint, wear more sunscreen people!). I also use a lot of bronzer because my exfoliation game is strong and self tanner doesn't last long on my face! Another thing to note is that self tanner can smell weird while it's developing, so I like to tan before I go to bed so I can shower off in the morning. The Jergens is nice because it doesn't stain my jammies or my sheets!

Maintenance! I usually apply two layers of self tan to get to the shade I like and then to maintain my tan I apply moisturizer daily, a sunscreen (yep, to my whole body!), and an in-shower tanning lotion. My favorite in-shower tanning lotion is the Jergens Wet Skin Natural Glow ($9 Target), it's awesome because it's hydrating and it adds back to my tan color after shaving.

I like to leave my tan on for about 6 days and then I do my sugar scrub to remove what's left of my self tanner and start the process over again. It's important not to add new self tanner on top of old self tanner because it can get splotchy since the alcohols will dissolve random patches of old tan.

I know I tend to lecture about sun protection, but I can't express enough how important it is to wear sunscreen (preferably non-carcinogenic mineral sunscreen)! Tanning beds and sun bathing are never a good idea and now that self-tanners are expertly formulated, there's no need to risk it! Happy bronzing!



PS- I couldn't resist some sun damage facts:

-It takes less than 15 minutes to get a sunburn

-Five sunburns as a child or young adult increase your odds of developing Melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) by 80%

-A suntan without a burn still significantly increases your odd of developing Melanoma

-70% of skin aging is due to sun exposure including wrinkling, loss of collagen, and broken blood vessels

-Skin Cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the United States

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