Who doesn’t want to have beautiful, glowing, tan skin? But who wants to spend countless sweaty hours baking their skin in the sun, or in the tanning booth? Not me! And not you, either… need I remind you of the detriments of the sun? Read my hyperpigmentation blog here. With our multi-billion skincare industry and innovative technology, there are numerous shortcuts available to achieving any look you desire… including a beautiful faux glow. Yes, there is such a thing as instant gratification!
The first step to an even tan is smooth, exfoliated skin. Get rid of the dead skin cells to prevent your faux tan from looking streaky. I recommend using a body scrub with rounded beads for a gentle exfoliation. The Jan Marini Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub is an outstanding choice because it has glycolic acid and polishing granules to loosen up sticky cells and wash them down the drain. Voila! Smooth and soft… ready for the next step!
Before applying a tanning lotion, we recommend that you smooth out rough patches with a layer of regular lotion first. Apply a light hydrator to knees, elbows and feet. It’s important that the lotion is oil-free, as oils can create a barrier on the skin that will prevent the self tanning lotion from soaking in. The Fake Bake Oil-Free Moisturizer is a great choice, and is a great complement to their Fake Bake Self-Tanning Lotion.
The most important step of your bronzing process is proper application of the self tanner. Make sure you have plenty of space and a mirror to aid you in the procedure; turn on some music to jam to… this is quite an intricate process so you might as well have fun with it! I find it easiest to start with my self tanner application from bottom to top, because I like for my legs to be super-duper dark, so multi-layers of tanner are required. Be careful applying self tanner around your ankles- you may want to mix a bit of lotion with your self tanner for the feet and ankles and feather that layer to the lengths of your legs- this way you won’t have an abrupt line of tanner… faux tan no-no! Apply your self tanner in smooth, even strokes, working quickly to prevent the tanner from setting or streaking. When you’ve bronzed the legs, belly, back (with some help from hubby), chest and arms, it’s time for neck and face. It’s not the best idea to use a body self tanner on your face, it may be a bit too thick, so opt for a facial self tanner, I prefer Too Faced Tanning Bed in a Tube for the Face, the oil-free, light-weight formula vanishes into the skin giving you an instant bronze while delivering silky hydration.
Some people choose to work in gloves to prevent orange palms; I personally find gloves difficult to work with so I make sure to scrub my hands with lots of soap as soon as I’m finished with the first layer of my bronze. Yes, the correct faux-tan has multiple layers. Once you’ve bronzed from toes to forehead, bust out the blow-dryer! The hot air from the blow-dryer will dry down the water content that’s found in the lotion, so you’ll see your tan appear quicker than if you opt to wait for 10-15 minutes… just chilling… naked. Once your tan has dried down completely, apply the second layer of self tanner. Repeat if you feel necessary 3-4 times. Remember that your tan will take a few hours to develop, so the tan you see when you’ve first applied the self tanner, will intensify tenfold in a bit of time.
Maintain your tan with a gradual-tan product as desired, a tiny bit of additional color will intensify and prolong your tan for weeks. I adore the Fake Bake Skinny Solution, it’s a daily moisturizing lotion designed to give your skin incredible moisture while beneficial ingredients aid in firming and toning.
If you’ve achieved your faux glow and want to amp it up for a special occasion or to feel super glamorous, spray a bit of NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi Shimmer Dry Oil Golden Shimmer Spray all over your body for a dazzling effect… it’s not 3rd grade chunk glitter, it’s just a subtle glow that gives you that Mariah Carey look (Have you seen her skin? It’s amazing.)
I hope that my bronzing tips help you to achieve the perfect bronze look you desire… it’s great for all seasons, and is as timeless as your little black dress (not to mention, your little black dress will look oh-so-sexy with a faux glow… Hellooooo Gorgeous!!)
Products featured in this article: Jan Marini Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub, Fake Bake Oil-Free Moisturizer, Fake Bake Self-Tanning Lotion, Too Faced Tanning Bed in a Tube for the Face, Fake Bake Skinny Solution, NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi Shimmer Dry Oil Golden Shimmer Spray.