These are my results from doing my sunless tan routine last night. I am religious about applying sunscreen to my arms, hands, face and shoulders. I need to better about using a regular Spf on my legs, though. But I don't, lay out, or tan in any way. If I will be out in the sun for an extended amount of time i.e. beach, Disneyland, I do apply Spf on my legs, also. This picture has no filter (besides the blur, to blur out my messy house).
photo credit Max Washington
I remember the first time I ever purchased a self tanner. It was the late nineties, when they were fairly new on the market. This meant I didn't have to lay out, while slathering on baby oil for hours, anymore (although I didn't mind laying out for hours on end). But this was the era when everyone was starting to realize how truly damaging the sun was to our skin. So, if I wanted that bronzed skin, fake tanner was going to be my route!
I can't remember the name of the first sunless tanner I purchased but I do remember the smell...wet dog and biscuit dough, combined. It was a brown, like chocolate brown, color that stained pretty much anything it came into contact with. I had brown stains on my carpet, clothes, sheets, it was gross. And surely, with the smell and mess, I would be a glistening, sun kissed, goddess, right?! Um no. I looked like a dirty, streaky, platform foam sandal wearing,(nineties, mind you) terra cotta mess. Well, thank God, sunless tanners have come a long, long way!
I am going to let you in on how I achieve the perfect bronzed, fake tan. I have been using this routine for applying my fake tan, for years. I have used many, many (I think I have tried every single sunless tanner on the market) different brands and formulas, and this is what works best for me. I prefer the gradual sunless tanning lotions. I feel like the gradual lotions don't leave me orange and the smell isn't as offensive. FYI, the smell from sunless tanners is a chemical reaction from the DHA from the tanner, interacting with the proteins in your skin. DHA is in all sunless tanners, so unfortunately, it's unavoidable. DHA is derived from sugar beets or sugarcane, it’s a form of glucose. I always do my fake tan routine at night before bed.
I usually take a quick shower in the morning, just in case there is that undeniable fake tan smell we know and love. This last me about a week. I did this whole routine last night, so I'll repeat it next Monday night. Also, if you are not sure what shade of sunless tanner to buy, always buy Light. You can buy a deeper shade next time if you want to. Or, if you think you bought a shade that is too deep, when applying, mix in some lotion to dilute the tanner. Now go and wear that sundress proudly, and show off those bronzed and silky stems.
My favorite sunless tanners and products I use to achieve my bronzy glow are listed below:
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