Firstly, I’ve been a horrible blogger recently. I know that I haven’t been posting much, but sometimes school gets fairly hectic and unfortunately blogging can’t take priority. I will, however, try to be better about it this summer since I will just be working and not have class. Anyway, onto this super important post….how to get that year round glow.
I’m pretty sure we’ve all been weary about self-tanners at one point or another. But, let’s face it, there really is no good reason to go to the tanning beds. Sure, we’ve all justified going with about every excuse out there, but the bottom line is, just don’t. By no means am excluding myself from this group, but I am coming to terms with the fact that tanning beds are just not necessary. I could list all the negative effects, but I wont. I think we all have a brain and know what they are!
I think I was initially turned off to self tanners when I received a professional spray tan several years ago. The woman asked me if I wanted the “dark drops.” I said, “Sure! I get really tan during the summer, I can definitely go dark.” Well, I ended up being the same color as my boyfriend, who is Hispanic. A girl with blonde hair and this dark of skin was not a good combination. Needless to say, I’ve been scarred for life and never gotten a spray tan since. Plus, they can be expensive. So, for me, I just prefer not to spray tan.
Another concern I had about self tanners was them sweating off. I feel like we’ve all been concerned about them turning us “orange” but I feel like a lot of reviews online address how the color turns out with self-tanners. However, not many reviews tell you if it sweats off when you’re working out. Usually after one of kayla itsines workouts, I’m dripping in sweat. Literally–sweat droplets falling onto the floor. You get the picture. So, I definitely didn’t want to be the girl at the gym (or anywhere) with self tanner streaking down my body.
Luckily though, I have found a self-tanner that 1) isn’t orange 2) doesn’t sweat off 3) doesn’t leave darker spots on your elbows, ankles, knees, etc. 4) is a reasonable price 5) applies well to the face. Hmmm, what else? Oh, AND 6) doesn’t smell like self-tanner…it actually dones’t even have a scent. Well, the brand is called Fake Bake and you can find their products at Ulta (as I’m sure other places). They have several different types, but I personally like/use their one called Flawless. It’s considered a “luxury” self-tanner, but unlike St. Tropez, it’s only $26.50 and it INCLUDES a mitt. Awesome, I know.
My only recommendation for anyone that buys it, is to put it on at night before bed (it dries really quickly and doesn’t feel sticky) and then hop in the shower in the AM to just rinse off. You will see some of it rinse off in the water, but the remaining color holds really well and gives you a great glow. Also, after you spray the tanner on the mitt and rub it on, I like to take a barely damp washcloth and dab over my elbows, wrists, ankles, and knees to avoid those darker deposits that can form there. Overall, I would highly recommend it!
Hope this post helps put an end to your tanning bed days and gives you a confidence boost in trying some self-tanners 😉