Ya, ya, ya we all know I avoid the sun like a sick plague.
But I like a little summer glow, you know?
That’s where my spray tan comes in.
I’ve been spray tanning since 1999. Literally though, lol.
Lately I’ve been traveling & working non-stop so I don’t always have time to do the whole spray tan ordeal.
When Loving Tan reached out to let me know about their DIY at home line and told me it was VEGAN (!!!). I jumped at the chance to try it out.
And wait for it…the tanning formula is also: 100% natural, not tested on animals, contains no parabens, and is ORGANIC!! I mean if this isn’t up my alley, I don’t know what is.
I never put things on my blog that I haven’t tried, used, & LOVED. I don’t want anything ‘MEH’ on TSC. And lemme tell ya, I LOVEDDDD this product. I may even switch over to the non spray tan side & switch completely to this product. I feel like spray tans have a million chemicals spraying on to your body in a small area.
A lotion allows the skin to breath and it’s natural sooooooo…I’m very much about it!!
Also, let’s talk about red.
You know the color.
Having any trace of red in my spray/lotion tan just doesn’t work.
I HATEEEE RED TRACES. It makes the tan look fake, forced, & Snookie-ish.
Loving Tan is a natural olive color because it has active ingredients and contains DHA & an ingredient Erythurlose to eliminate orange tones. See what I mean?
Casper before, casual Baywatch bronzed after.
Ok so, I’m very specific with my pre/during/post-tan tips. Like, very, very specific.
Here’s a couple I live & die by:
1.) Dry brush before you tan.
Dry brushing is the best exfoliation on the planet. I swear though, not only does it stimulate the lymph system, it also is an amazing pre-tan prep.
2.) Shave the stubble.
Obviously you don’t want to tan with leg hair. I’m always a prickly pear ( let’s be honest, shaving is such an annoyance…it’s also boring ). So I always have to remember to be shaved & ready for my tan. Also, I sweat using my guide before I shower & shave so that’s out of the way.
3.) Use a mitt.
I like this one by Loving Tan called Tan Removing & Skin Polishing Glove. Basically it removes all nasty-ass dead skin cells & old built up tan so your glow will last longer & fade evenly.
4.) I know this sounds weird but I have to say it…
I don’t put any tanning stuff on my upper lip. I literally have a mustache from hyper pigmentation ( so chic! ) so an added layer of tan is unnecessary & makes me look like Captain Hook. LOL.
5.) Use an applicator.
This Easy To Reach Back Applicator helps you get to those annoying bits on your back. Make sure it’s slightly dampened first.
6.) Apply the tan.
I like the medium shade ( it dries quick). And always use this Deluxe Applicator Mitt. No one wants product kind of just sitting on the skin. I like to make sure the product is really attached & blended. This little mitt is perfect for securing the tan to provide that sun kissed, sex kitten glow.
7.) Mani/Pedi afterwards.
I wait until after the tan for a mani/pedi and I usually only get a polish change because I don’t want to let my feet or nails sit in water ( it would create a line ). Polish changes are GAME changers post-tan. Besides no one likes overly tanned cuticles.
8.) MOISTURIZER, DUH.
Crusty tans are not so cute. To keep your tan look sexy, moisturize with raw coconut oil. It’s my favorite post-tan tip. Wait until the day after the tan is applied though.
9.) Don’t lay in white sheets if you’re spray tanning!!
Literally know this from experience. Michael woke up next to me & there was bronzed snow angels all over the bed. I like to apply my tan in the AM and then shower before bed. After tons of trial & error this has worked best. With the new at home product I’ve been using, you can get in bed 2 hours after ( which is FAB ). You don’t have to worry about tanned snow angels with Loving Tan.
10.) Always wash you hands after application.
I feel like this is obvious? But it’s one tip I sometimes forget. I also use a baby wipe to clean the bottoms of my feet, nails, & toenails.
Anyone else have any tanning tips? Spill.
Also, I can’t talk about self-tanning without pimping out gradual + hydrating self-tanning cream, Nº32. This formula works after decades of trying shitty self-tanners that left me streaky, orange, smelly, & dried out. Nº32 is the opposite of all of that: it smells like Rosewood, has clean ingredients, provides a natural looking color, is super hydrating, & very easy to apply. It doesn’t transfer on your bedding or clothing either!
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