How to Get Your Best Self-Tanner Tan Ever

Sundresses. Sandals. Swimsuits. Just a few of the things lurking right around the corner. By now we all know the saying “There’s no such thing as a healthy tan.” But some of us (Natty Gal included) just LOOK better with a bit of a tan.

My natural complexion is not like bone china or peaches & cream. It’s just pale and splotchy. And while I know the REAL sun is bad for me, I like the way I look much more with a sun-kissed glow. Enter self-tanners.

Today I’m sharing a few tips and tricks for getting the best, most natural looking tan you can using self-tanners. You’ll get the look of the rays without all the wrinkles!

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Tanning Options

  • Lay Out or Go to a Tanning Bed. WRONG! This was a trick option! Go call your dermatologist.
  • Get a Spray Tan. Perhaps. Personally, I don’t like breathing in the fumes. I also find that the few spray tans I’ve gotten tend to peel or molt unattractively after 2 or 3 days.
  • Use a Self-Tanning Lotion. My favorite choice! Read more below to learn how to get your best ever results with this option.

Six Steps to Your Best Self-Tanner Tan

1. Exfoliate. This important step assures that you’ll be applying your self tanner to an ultra-smooth base. Result – a more even tan! I like both brushes and scrubs for exfoliation. The products shown below are part of FabFitFun’s Spring 2019 box.

2. Now that your skin is baby-smooth, make sure that you get completely dry before moving on the application phase. Applying tanner over any wet spots on your skin will result in splotches.

3. Choose your tanner. My favorite is Tanceuticals. I use both their CC Self Tanning Lotion for Body and their CC Self Tanning Lotion for Face in Dark. On my skin, the color is much more of a true tan/light nut color than what I get with drugstore tanners. And it actually smells nice. The only drawback? It’s pretty pricey. I usually reserve my Tanceuticals products for pre-vacation or special event tans and revert to drug store brands for every day use during the summer. The larger, 8 oz. tube is the better value.

How to Get the Best Self-Tanner Tan | Tanceuticals | Self Tanners

4. Use an applicator mitt. I like this one because it’s reasonably priced, dark in color so you don’t see all that dried tanner (blech) and washable.

How to Get the Best Self-Tanner Tan | Tanceuticals | Self Tanners

5. Don’t skimp on product! For reference, I use about a quarter sized dollop of tanner for each calf/knee/foot area, for each thigh/bum area, front torso, back torso and more like a nickle sized dollop for each arm. Swipe lightly over drier areas like the knees, feet, elbows, etc. and blend, blend, blend with that mitt!

6. Dry completely before getting dressed and in a few hours you’ll be sporting a golden glow!

How to Get the Best Self-Tanner Tan | Tanceuticals | Self Tanners
From pale and pasty…
How to Get the Best Self-Tanner Tan | Tanceuticals | Self Tanners
to tanned and tropical!

Until next time…keep cultivating a simple, stylish, and satisfying life!

Author: Betsy Ramsey

Betsy Ramsey is the author of Natty Gal. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, she now lives there with her husband and Bichon-Frise, Dolce. A mindful fashion & capsule wardrobe enthusiast, she travels extensively, visiting 56 countries to date. Betsy is committed to helping others live their most fulfilling life!

4 thoughts on “How to Get Your Best Self-Tanner Tan Ever”

  1. I didnt realize there was a mitt you could purchase for self tanning. Steve just bought me some minutes at the tanner and with this winter weather in April I need to go.

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