The Summer is over and the last traces of your beautiful, glowy summer tan have already vanished. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t get a sun kissed tan during the cold season of the year. For a couple of years now, I’ve been using self-tanning products. At the beginning however, I’ve done some mistakes and got stains, orange hands and an uneven skin tone. Over time I learned how to avoid these mistakes and today I want to share my top tips with you – how to get a beautiful, sun kissed, natural-looking tan with a self tanner. Wanna know it? Then keep reading :).
Moreover, I have a little review of a new product on the market I’ve tested, namely the Tannymaxx Sexy Dating Legs Brilliant Bronzer, and I want to share my experience with you.
Some time ago, I wrote on the blog about my first experience using a self-tanner. After my first positive experience, I’ve tested many products. Some of them worked pretty well for me, others not that great. However, I also made some mistakes myself and learned from them over time. For quite a while now, I’ve managed to get a natural-looking, flawless tan every time I self-tanned, so now I want to share my tips with you and here they are:
MY TOP TIPS FOR A FLAWLESS SUN-KISSED TAN USING A SELF-TANNING PRODUCT
1. SHAVE/DEPILATE 24h PRIOR TO SELF-TANNING
In order to spread on the product evenly, the skin surface has to be nice and smooth. Hence it is important to shave/depilate all the body parts you want to apply your self-tanner on. However, you shouldn’t do it shortly before this, but rather a day before. Why? After shaving your skin might be irritated and dry. That’s why you should give it some time to regenerate.
2. EXFOLIATE 24h PRIOR TO SELF-TANNING
Exfoliating is probably the most important step before self-tanning. You should absolutely never skip this step. And I mean it. Never! When you exfoliate your skin, you remove dead cells and create an even surface and prevent your tan from getting blotchy and fade unevenly. However, it is important also not to exfoliate shortly before applying your self-tanner, but a day before, so that the skin can regenerate. That means, you should shave/depilate and exfoliate a day prior to self-tanning.
A thing you should consider is using an oil-free exfoliator since the oil would act as a film on the skin and prevent your self-tanning product from absorbing into the skin.
3. DON’T USE A BODY LOTION OR MOISTURIZER UNDER THE
In order for the self-tanner to get absorbed, you should never moisturize your body or face before using it. Just take a shower (using an oil-free bodywash). Moreover, many self-tanning products are conceived as body lotions (such as the Tannymaxx Sexy Dating Legs Brilliant Bronzer), which is why you don’t need another moisturizer anyway.
4. HOWEVER, ALWAYS MOISTURIZE THE FOLLOWING BODY PARTS
I know, I just said you should never, ever moisturizer before self-tanning. However, there is one exception. You should always moisturize the following body parts: your hands, elbows, knees and feet. But why? The reason is simple. These are the driest parts on your body and hence the self-tanning product is absorbing there the most and the quickest. If you’ve seen someone with orange or pretty dark hands or elbows, you know they’ve used a self-tanner the wrong way. When moisturizing them, you create an additional film that prevents the product absorbing that fast. However, if you’re using a self-tanner which is conceived as a body lotion, you can skip this step.
5. TAKE YOUR TIME
When applying a self-tanner, you want to make sure not to skip any spot. That’s why you should take your time and apply the product thoroughly.
6. CLEAN YOUR FACE, HANDS AND FEET BEFORE THE REST OF THE BODY
As I already said, in many cases you can recognize that someone has a fake tan on if you see their hands and feet, because many times they’re orange and darker than the rest of the body. In order to prevent this you should of course follow my 4. tip as well as clean them before the rest of your body. However, don’t just wash it off with water, since it might happen that water gets to other parts. Instead, use a damp washcloth or a wet wipe. Also if you don’t want your face to be too dark, do the same thing with your face.
7. MOISTURIZE YOUR BODY FOR A LONG LASTING TAN
If you want to have a long-lasting fake-tan, it isn’t only important to prepare your skin before applying a self-tanner, but also to take care of it afterwards. That’s why you want to moisturize your skin after every shower. That’s also how you prevent your self-tan from fading unevenly. However, this time you should also use an oil-free product.
TANNYMAXX SEXY DATING LEGS BRILLIANT BRONZER
I love testing new products and got really excited as I got the opportunity to try the Sexy Dating Legs Brilliant Bronzer by Tannymaxx, a German producer of self-tanning products. The product has been available for a couple of weeks now at dm (also HERE online).
Sexy Dating Legs is a self-tanning lotion, which is conceived exclusively for your legs. The skin on your legs is prone to drying out pretty quickly, hence the self-tan is fading there quicker than on other body parts. That’s why the Sexy Dating Legs Lotion contains moisturizing and nourishing ingredients, in order to to moisturize your legs and provide a long-lasting tan. Moreover, it contains a slimming-complex, which has a smoothing effect. Since I’ve never used a self-tanner which is conceived only for the legs, I was even more excited to try it.
The day before applying the product, I shaved and exfoliated my legs. Since the product is a tanning and moisturizing lotion, I didn’t moisturize my feet, hands and knees before applying it. The product is being applied really smoothly and evenly. After applying it, I washed my hands since I didn’t want them to be tanned.
The product itself doesn’t have to be washed off since it isn’t a colored self-tanner and doesn’t stain the clothes. As soon as it’s absorbed, you can get dressed. It takes 4 – 6 hours for the tan to develop and the first results to be seen.
I think I don’t have to say much. As you can see on the pictures, the result is a natural-looking and even tan. I also love that it doesn’t create an orange tan, but a really subtle and nice color.
What about you? Have you ever used a self-tanning product?
*In a friendly collaboration with TannyMaxx