With fall in full swing and winter coming up, I wanted to share my favorite tips for getting the most out of your spray tan! I don’t always get them, but when I want to feel extra confident or have a special event / trip coming up, I splurge a little. When I do my own tan at home, I like to use a couple products.
Loving Tan is my fave! I use the dark one! It’s really the only self tanner I’ve used that has the red undertones in it. I like it because it goes well with my yellow-toned skin and makes me look like I just stepped off the beach. Kinda like you have a very minor sunburn if that makes sense? I apply it at night because it takes 8 hours for the color to fully form in. Then in the morning, I take a quick shower. I wouldn’t make the water too hot, but you also don’t have to stand in freezing cold water either. I try to make the shower as quick as possible, so those mornings I don’t wash my hair.
Tanscuteticals? I like this one too, but it doesn’t give a super dark tan like I like. If you want something subtle, I would use this! You can tell you have a tan, but it’s not as dark as the Loving Tan. I also like how this one doesn’t really smell like tanning lotion. It has a smell, but it’s not as strong as others. I use this one at night too because it takes 8 hours for the full color to form. It’s $26, so def a little cheaper than the Loving Tan, which is like $34 I think?
St. Tropez - This one isn’t my go-to tanning lotion, but if I’m in a hurry or out of the other two above (which I am right now), I’ll use this one. It gives you instant color and doesn’t have a smell to it! But the color in my opinion are yellow undertones, just an FYI!
Over the years from getting spray tans or using self tanner, I’ve realized that there are somethings you can do to prolong your tan. Whether it’s a professional spray tan or self tanner, these tips work for both!
Exfoliate, shave, and shower the night before your spray tan. If you’re using self tanner at home, still do this, but don’t use soaps with heavy scents because this could make the tan not stick as well. Not really sure why, but I always use an unscented soap when I shower before a spray tan. If you’re using a self tanner at home, still shower, but make sure to let your skin dry before putting it on. Also when you do shower, make it as quick as possible and don’t make the water too hot. When you get out towel dry, but DO NOT rub the towel on your skin. Pat your skin dry with the towel, otherwise you’ll completely rub your fresh tan off.
Moisturize the night before and after your tan has set in. I wouldn’t apply anything to your tan for at least 8 hours after you got it. Especially DO NOT GET IT WET. Like literally that will ruin your tan…I hope that’s self explanatory, but gotta make sure I tell y’all. haha
**I wanted to make sure I add that I’m def no spray tan / self tan expert, but these are some things that I do when getting a tan that help it look good and last for at least 3-4 days (7 days if it’s a spray tan).