Happy Weekend, friends! I'm sorry for the lack of posting this week, I've been super busy! It's finally starting to be sunny here in Idaho, so I'm super happy!
Since I'm currently still living in Idaho until I graduate (3 more months!), the weather kind of sucks. It's been very indecisive lately; one minute it'll be sunny then the next it'll be raining, and a minute after that it'll be hailing. It's crazy. When the weather is especially crazy, it makes me miss California or the Dominican Republic even more--especially since if I were in either of those two places at this moment I'd be SUPER tan! I swear I came back from the Dominican Republic a trillion times darker. My pale skin thanked me for the color. However, since I'm in Idaho where even when it's sunny it's hard for me to get tan (I'm almost always indoors between school and work), I use self tanner.
Now, this post is in no way sponsored by Jergen's or Banana Boat, but for the most part, they're the brands I prefer. I use (in order) Jergen's Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer in Medium to Tan, Jergen's Natural Glow Instant Sun Tanning Mousse in Deep Bronze, Jergen's Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer in Medium to Tan, and Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Instant Tanning Mist. All of these products cost me about $30-35 and last me quite a while.
I'm going to give you a step-by-step breakdown on how I use these products and what my self-tanning routine is and afterward include pictures of the products and the results on my body.
1. Take a bath. Make sure you shave and also exfoliate your body really well. This'll give your body as smooth a canvas as possible for the tanning products.
2. Once out of the shower, while still a little wet, use the Jergen's Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer. I use this to kind of prep my skin for the more heavy-duty products that'll come after this step. It also makes my skin SUPER soft.
3. Once step 2 dries, use about 2 pumps of the Jergen's Natural Glow Instant Sun Tanning Mousse (per main part of your body) and apply all over. I also put all of these products on my face (a tiny, tiny bit). Let dry.
4. Once step 3 dries, use the Jergen's Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer. I like this one to kind of lock in my color and also make sure there aren't any patches (although, I'm still not perfect at self-tanning, so sometimes there are). I also like this product because it's supposed to help firm your skin and therefore diminish cellulite. I've always had a little bit on the back of my thighs, even as a kid. I've noticed that it does help diminish the look of cellulite, but I'm not sure if it actually gets rid of it.
5. Once step 4 dries, I'll just mist myself all over with the Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Instant Tanning Mist. This smells AMAZING and I just like it to add a little more color. Let this dry before putting on clothes.
This is how I apply my self-tanning products the first time I use them. The next day, I'll be very noticeably darker. If you want it to be more gradual, then you can use just one or two of the products each day. After the first application, I'll pretty much just maintain my tan for a few days using the Banana Boat Mist and either the Jergen's Wet Skin Moisturizer or the Daily Glow Firming Moisturizer, just depends on whichever I want to use. I'll pretty much do this for about 5-7 days either every day or every-other-day, and then after about a week I'll stop using the products and just let my tan fade gradually on its own so that way I can start a new, fresh one a few days after stopping the routine.
I will make the disclaimer that I have had plenty of times where after self-tanning (which I usually do at night after I shower), I'll fall asleep or forget to wash my hands and look a little orange the next day. You should wait a few hours before washing your tan anyway, but because I typically fall asleep (whoops), it's more than "a few hours," and I'll have to get in the shower the next day and really SCRUB my body so I'm not looking like a pumpkin. Currently, my hands are a bit orange because I forgot to wash them after and let the color sit too long on my palms.
ALSO, use all of these products SPARINGLY around your elbows, knees, feet, ankles, and hands. That way you won't be super orange and patchy in those places.
Here are the pictures:
The products I use.
The next day, after first application using all of the products has settled.
Third day, after using only the Wet Skin Moisturizer to deepen my color.
If I continue to add product, I'll most definitely get darker.
There you have it, hope this helps all of you! Have a great weekend!