Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Self Tan Tips -ft St Tropez


Even if I wanted to risk laying out in the sun for hours or the dangers of a tanning bed the truth is it is impossible for me to tan. Thankfully self tanners exist so I can give myself some color year round. After regularly applying the stuff I have it down to an art. Here are some of my tips to help you get that perfect, streak free glow!

After trying a lot of the self tanners out there I have settled on St. Tropez. They have a variety of products that help you get an even, streak-free, and natural looking tan. I use the Bronzing Mousse ($32-$42 for 4oz or 8 oz bottle). I help maintain my tan while also making it darker day-to-day with the Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturizer in the medium dark shade ($30) and I apply the product the the St. Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt ($6.50). Ulta exclusively has a kit containing all 3 products for an amazing bargain of $49 (contains the 4oz size of mousse) so if you can get to Ulta I would check that out.

Prep

  • Exfoliate! The main cause for an uneven tan is dry, dead skin. Take the time to give your skin a good scrub in the shower. My scrub of choice is Frank.
  • Apply lotion to your dry areas because these will appear darker when tanner is applied. This includes ankles, feet, knees, elbows, wrists, and hands. DO NOT apply to your entire body.
  • If your skin is really dry you might want to have a couple of weeks of regular exfoliating and applying lotion twice a day to get your skin in tip top shape. Trust me, it's worth it.
  • Make sure you shaved right before which is pretty standard. If I wax I usually wait until the next day to apply tanner otherwise I find tanner settles in where the hair was ripped out and gives you dark spots.
  • If you have light hair and you will be tanning your face make sure you apply moisturizer on the hair line to keep it from staining your hair.
Application

  • If you are wondering if you should get the little mitt on the St. Tropez shelf the answer is YES! Put a few pumps of tanner onto the mitt and apply to skin. Take it one body part at a time and work in large circular motions. St. Tropez has a bronze color so its easy to see if you missed any spots. 
  • Skip over feet and ankles until the end of that leg, you don't need to pump more onto the mitt you can just use residual for those areas. Same goes for hands and elbows.
  • When applying to your face I use a small St. Tropez face mitt or I use a makeup sponge. make sure you blend it out into the hairline so you don't have a harsh line.
  • Let dry before putting on clothes. Make sure they are not tight otherwise you will get patches.
  • Leave tanner on for the specified amount of time. Avoid getting wet or it wont work. I like to leave mine on overnight but I make sure that I have a fan on so I don't sweat at all if its the summer otherwise my tan will be streaky.
  • Notice a dark patch? a big slice of a fresh lemon and rub it into the area!
Maintenance
  • Make sure you exfoliate regularly. I usually apply the mousse once or twice a week and exfoliate before doing so.
  • Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize. I use the St. Tropez moisturizer or a body butter day and night. The St. Tropez moisturizer further darkens my color while also providing the moisture I need to keep it looking great.
  • If you notice it is looking splotchy after a couple of weeks take a couple of days off and give yourself a really good exfoliation (or two) to start with a clean slate.
  • Because of frequent washing your face and the top of your hands will fade much faster. Just apply tanner as needed to keep it up (for me its usually 3-4 times a week). I have no problems with self tanner causing me to break out but if you do they do have a formula designed for the face that you can purchase.
Hope this helps! Happy tanning!
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