Summer is basically here and let’s face it, you’re probably as pasty as Michael Jackson. The long, cold winter has had it’s way with you and the sight of your bikini body is blinding…It’s ok!
Over the last week I’ve been playing around with some fake tanning lotions and sprays and I’ve got a (temporary) solution for you until you can start basking and baking in the sun.
Luckily, these options are tried and true- so I promise you wont look orange and/or blotchy.
Here is what you’ll need.
Neutrogena Micro-Mist (I used the DEEP shade- but go with the lighter shade if your skin is lighter)
Clarins Tanning Lotion for face (optional)
Sugar Scrub (This one is from Bath & Body Works and is my favorite)
Before you apply any of the above tanners, take a nice hot shower and exfoliate like a mad person with a soap scrub. Make sure to scrub particularly hard on the ankles, toes, knees and elbows.
When you get out of the shower, dry off and DO NOT apply any moisturizer or deodorant. I know this may be tough, but moisturizers and deodorants create barriers on the skin and make blotches. This leads me to my next tip…
I suggest doing your tanning prep/application in the afternoon. If you have an event, do your tanning ritual the afternoon before.
Next step, apply the tanning spray. Do this step outside- you will need good ventilation. If you can have someone apply it for you, even better…
Spay all over your body & get a nice coat. You will feel sticky at first, but this goes away in just a few minutes as it starts to dry.
For the face, you can apply the Neutrogena. But, make sure to spray it in your hand and apply manually. I’ve gotten good results that way- but I’ve also just sprayed my face, and that works, too. I would avoid getting in in your hair, so put a towel over your hair if you’re using the spray.
If you’re not planning to tan your whole body, and just want a nice glow on your face, apply the Clarins. It’s a great tanner that doesn’t smell too badly. However, it’s for the face, only. I suggest taking a wet q-tip and wiping your eyebrows down afterwards. You really don’t want the tanning solution in your hair. Last spring, I had orange eyebrows for a month after tanning and going in the sun.
Don’t put any clothes on for about 10 minutes after your tanning session.
Your tan will develop over the next 3-6 hours, so don’t shower. I usually shower the next morning so that the solution really soaks in.
If you wake up and your too orange, just use the scrub to tone yourself down.
And now, you’re a bronze goddess.