It’s definitely that time of year again when I look into my cabinet for my faux tanning products. When my tan fades away I try to do anything to bring some color back to my skin. I have avoided the tanning beds in the last few years because of how terrible they are for your skin, so I have opted for some faux tanning products instead. I began my journey while ago to find the best products and the best techniques & that is exactly what I’m going to share with you here! How to get the best fake tan. Enjoy.
When choosing your products there are a few things to consider.
- gradual: everyday lotions, create a nice natural gradual tan
- instant: lotions or mousses that work fast (within hours) apply carefully and evenly. These tend to last longer than gradual lotions.
- temporary: These last until your next shower. Perfect for a night out or special occasion lasting a day or two. (I will link all my suggestions and favorites below)
Use a mitt for even application, you re-use it. I just rinse it out well and wash it with a mild soap after each use.
Shower & exfoliate to prep skin. I recommend using a loofah.
Shave, but not directly before. Wait about a day or you’ll run into issues with the product seeping into the pores.
Moisturize knuckles, elbows, and knees right before tanning. You can use any oil-free moisturizer for this.
Start at your feet and work your way up in small sections. Apply a small amount of product to the mitt and work in small circular motions, not pressing and rubbing in too hard. Make sure you wash your hands after and then apply remaining product from the mitt to the tops of your hands only.
For your face, make sure you use a product specifically for the face & you can always just use bronzers if you don’t want to use a self-tanner. My favorite bronzer is the Chocolate Soleil by Too Faced.
Exfoliate and moisturize regularly to keep your skin & tan looking healthy and fresh.