My Perfected Self Tan Routine

I love being tan! Who doesn’t right?!. I swear that a nice tan makes me look and feel better. I’m thinking of my mother-in-law’s favorite line: “if you can’t tone it, tan it.” Personally, I often reach for self tanners because they are quick and easy, and I can do it by myself right at home.

Growing up in Wisconsin where I couldn’t be outside in the sun for the majority of the year, I self tanned… A LOT.  I have not only tried a lot of products, but also I have tried a lot of techniques. I have perfected my self tanning routine..

Over the years, I  found the best products to exfoliate, apply, and extend as well as some of the best self tanners for concealing my leg blemished, ones with natural ingredients, and the deepest tan option.

I will share below as well as my routine for using them.

Wet and Dry Body Brush Exfoliator

I use this with the body scrub below to help exfoliate and clean my skin in preparation for the self tanner.

First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub

The body scrub I use to exfoliate my skin prior to applying the color. I have keratosis pilaris and saw this product as one of the top recommendations for those who struggle with those leg bumps.

Black Disposable Latex Free Gloves

These gloves are perfect for applying without staining your hands. I used to use a mitt until I saw a TikTok on how gloves are the better option as they don’t absorb the product!

Bio-Oil Skincare Oil

I love this body oil  because it is not greasy or oily and leaves my skin feeling fresh and hydrated with the vitamin A and E packed in it. It’s supposed to be great for scars and stretch marks.

Tanceuticals Self Tanning Lotion

This is #1 Rated Self Tanner for a reason. It is my favorite self tanner for concealing dark spots and blemishes. It provides a very nice and natural looking tan.

Beauty by Earth Self Tanner Tanning Lotion

This is my favorite self tanner with natural ingredients. It really works and has insanely great reviews.

Loving Tan 2 Hour Express

This gives me the DEEPEST tan. If you’re looking for tan that makes you look like you just got back from a tropical vacation,  this is the best you’ll get. I am also terrible at remembering to self tan ahead of time, so this gives you color in 2 hours or less!

Vita Liberata Body Blur

I call this “body make up” because it acts as one part concealer and one part instant self tanner. I will use this right before I go out to an event… it provides a nice tan color but also makes my arms and legs look like a barbie doll / airbrush finish.

Warning – it  does rub off onto things so be careful but it also very easily washes off in the shower.

+Lux Unfiltered Gradual Self-Tanning Cream

I apply this a day or so after I apply the color. It is the best for helping to extend your color.

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