In college, I lived in a tanning bed. Seriously, I liiiived for a good tan. A few years ago though, I realized not only that I was developing wrinkles (are you kidding me?!), but that it was a seriously dangerous habit to have. I was spending $50 dollars on a tanning membership every month and I was OVER IT. I quit cold turkey, and promised myself that I would start taking better care of my skin. That is when I started using sunless tanner, and I haven’t gone back since!
I’ve tried almost every sunless tanning product under the sun, and I have definitely nailed down a favorite. My tried and true, ride or die product is the Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse. Depending on the time of year, I go back and forth between dark and ultra dark, but ohhhh man I LOVE THIS STUFF. It is the perfect olive color, and it looks so natural every single time I use it. I have people emailing me questions about my tan almost every week, so I figured I would share all of the details, and explain how to give yourself the best sunless tan (and make it last!)
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Shave + Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate some more! I use this sugar scrub, with this Loving Tan exfoliating glove and they are a match made in heaven. If you don’t properly exfoliate, your tan will not look even and the mousse will cling to those dry patches….and a patchy tan just ain’t cute.
Moisturize reeeeal good. I use this lightweight body lotion because it isn’t greasy at all, and it doesn’t leave a film on your skin (which again, you don’t want). I try to stay away from heavily oil based products two-ish days before I self tan, because oil + tanning mousse don’t mix. When I am prepping to tan, I will usually shave/exfoliate/moisturize in the morning and tan at night before bed.
Use a makeup brush to apply tanner on hands. This is my favorite tip…and it is LIFE CHANGING. I just add a dime sized amount of mousse onto my makeup brush, and blend it on my hands in a circular motion. After about an hour, I wipe my hands with a face wipe so it doesn’t develop as dark and boom…..you’re done! Perfectly tanned hands.
Wear loose dark clothing. Another great thing about Loving Tan, is that is dries ridiculously fast. You aren’t walking around sticky for hours, which is no bueno if you ask me. Since it does dry so fast, it doesn’t transfer onto every surface in your home while you are waiting to rinse, but just to be safe: I always wear loose dark clothing to protect the tan and my white comforter from turning a nice shade of bronze;)
Just a few extra tips to get the most out of your sunless tan:
– Don’t moisturize right before you tan, it won’t stick nearly as well.
– The first time you shower, don’t use body wash, just rinse!
– Pat dry out of the shower, never rub…Your tan will come off with it.
– STAY MOISTURIZED! After you tan + rinse….lather up with lotion! The more moisturized you stay, the longer the tan will last.
If you have any other questions about Loving Tan or any application questions, send them my way! Also, you can use the code “maryssa” for a free Deluxe Applicator mitt with any mousse purchase, who doesn’t love free stuff?! Happy tanning! XO.