Beginner Tips on Self-Tanning

by Ashley

Hopefully, none of you #kitgirls spends her precious summer time baking in the sun and damaging your skin! As tempting as that once was we all know now how detrimental it is to our skin and our health. But being outdoors is, otherwise highly recommended. It’s a great way to exercise, get some Vitamin D, enjoy the rejuvenation that fresh air can bring, spend time socializing with friends and family and enjoy the mood boosting effects of mother nature!

So …what’s a #kitgirl to do? We say – make self tanners your Bae! With tons of options now available self tanning products are the perfect way for us to maintain an outer glow that matches our inner shine!

While they may be scary, and have the potential to turn out horribly wrong (trust me, I’ve had quite a few bad experiences including going to prom looking like a cross between an orange and one of Willy Wonka’s Oompa Loompas), they can work flawlessly if you use the right product. I recently tried two different self-tanners and am here to let you know which one I liked better and give you some helpful tips and tricks along the way.

The first self-tanning product I tried was L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes for your body. The kit includes 6 towellettes that normally provide about a week of sun-kissed skin each. Using this product, you must be very careful to not miss any areas or apply the towelette to an area twice. After the tan set in I noticed I missed a couple pale spots and that some areas were darker than others. The product also felt slightly heavy and left a residue that made me feel like I needed to shower right away. The tan seemed a little too orange for my liking and it didn’t look as natural as I wanted.

The second product I tested out was Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Tanning Mousse. Overall, I really liked this product. As soon as I pumped some of the foam onto my hands, they were immediately 3 shades darker than before and it was hard to scrub them back to their original color. However, the product was very light and dried almost instantly which I loved. I didn't feel gross or like my pores were clogged like. The tan was very natural and it easily spread evenly. This is a product I'm definitely going to be using again! The bottle recommended that you use it once for a natural tan and again the day after for a darker hue.

Now that we’ve tested out the good and the bad, here are some tips I’ve gathered throughout my self-tanning journey:

  1. Shower and Exfoliate before: This is to remove the dead layer of skin and I recommend using a body scrub to do so. Apply more pressure around areas like your knees, elbows, the back of your hands, and top of your feet. Showering also helps to moisturize your skin.
  2. Use little product on areas with thicker skin: Such as your knees, elbows, back of your hands, and top of your feet. If you use too much they’ll end up much tanner than other parts of your body, giving away your secret that your tan isn’t natural.
  3. Wash your hands: Throughout putting on your self-tanner, wash your hands constantly so make sure you don’t end up with orange-tinted hands.
  4. Moisturize: After applying self-tanner, I ALWAYS put lotion on after. This makes sure that the tan is even and helps it last longer!
  5. If an area seems to dark: I lighten it up by exfoliating it during my next shower. This helps make the tan look more natural in-case you accidentally put too much on in a certain area.

So, there you have it - secrets to perfectly even, sun-kissed, can’t even tell it’s not natural skin! Self-tanner can be a convenient and effective way to glow like a goddess no matter the weather. It doesn’t cost much or take a lot of time to get the tan you want.

Do any of you kit girls have secrets for various self-tanner products like spray tans, lotions, towellettes, or other methods? We’ve heard about “Loving Tan” recently also – can any of you report on that? Comment your tips and tricks below!

Stay Golden!


Team KIT