Ah, self tanners. Do we have a long history or what.
I’ve always been a huge advocate of the faux sun – mainly in the dark months and occasionally those few summer days when temps climb above 120 trillion degrees, like right now. My love affair with the fake stuff goes way back to TanMe in High School, and then on to the Palm Beach Versa Spa days (clear medium, please). In college, airbrushing was introduced, and I have Aruba Tan to thank for making me look like an Oopma Loompa in every sorority formal picture. My engagement was even tainted with the smell of spray tan, for crying out loud! Some kids never learn.
These days, I’ve moved to more conventional methods that both save time and literally save face. These fixes don’t require sitting on a towel while you drive home covered knee deep in a sticky substance that reeks to the high heavens. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the occasional airbrush splurge (at more tasteful establishments, no less), but for the everyday color I prefer to stick to easy stuff.
And oh how many brands I’ve tried. My #1 go-to brand is St. Tropez, although Tan Towels never let me down and are priced far more reasonably. Here are the tried and true self tanners that I can personally vouch will not cover you in zebra stripes. Also, for tips on applying these bad boys, keep scrollin’
Tips for Applying Self Tanners:
1. Always shower/exfoliate first. And shave. I feel like this is a pretty obvious one, but you want to make sure you’re scrubbed squeaky clean prior to applying any kind of tanner.
2. Towel off and apply a small amount of moisturizer to your knees, elbows and heels (basically, any place that can allow tanner to seep into dry skin).
3. Apply self tanner in small increments, focusing on one body part at a time. For example, I usually start at my ankles and work my way up to my shoulders. Make sure to work in a circular motion to avoid any kind of streaking.
4. For hands and feet, go sparingly. Cover the tops of your feet and hands, but avoid your knuckles.
5. Wash your hands as best you can! I typically make sure my palms are thoroughly scrubbed. Tan-less hands are better than orange hands, my friends.