step by step guide on how to get the perfect tan at home
After many years of trial and error- I found a few tricks to make tanning at home a little easier. I definitely went through a phase where I was way too tan from tanning beds or laying outside. Now I try to avoid the sun and just use a tanning product. It's a lot easier to do if you have an event coming up or a vacation where you want a tan and fast. My tan with this product lasts a few days before I need to reapply it.
It's SO important that you exfoliate in the shower before you tan. Shave then exfoliate with a glove/scrub and don't forget to get your whole body.
Apply a body butter (or heavy moisturizer) to elbows, knees, ankles and hands. Since I tan my face I put face moisturizer on too before putting the product on.
3. apply tanning product
Using a tanning mitt is a complete life saver. I've been using this one from Amazon (under $10 and comes with an exfoliating glove). It keeps your hands from getting orange and helps blend the mousse in. Start with one leg at a time using circular motions then work your way up. After I've applied it to my whole body I'll take a little bit on the glove and rub it in on my hand and top of my feet.
4. let it dry
Let the tan dry for a few minutes before putting on loose clothing and wait a day before going into a pool or showering. If you are tanning for an event I would do it a couple days before so you have time to let it develop and fix anything you might have missed.
I've been using St Moriz Dark but would recommend starting with the medium if you don't tan often. The only issue I've had with it is that it does transfer onto lighter clothes and leaves a pinkish color-but any self tanning product can transfer especially if you sweat. I've tried other tanning products but this is the most affordable one I've found that works after one use.