So. Fake Tanning. Sunless Tan. Bronzing Mousse. Whatever you want to call it, I’m all about it.
Growing up, I was always taught that the sun is good! You know, vitamin D, drying out nasty pimples, giving you that gorgeous glow and so on. Everyone around me was a sun worshiper (excluding my ghostly sister, hey Chanel!) so I was taught to be one as well.
Summers between the ages of 5 and 12 were spent outside, under the blaring sun playing all sorts of sports or in the pool from morning to night. Once a year we travelled to Florida to visit my grandparents and again, sunscreen was an afterthought. Did I get sunburned? Oh every year! But my mom referred to my yearly sunburn as a right of passage to get that base in for the summer. When I got to my teens, I didn’t look forward to that sunburn but I did nothing to prevent it. It meant I could get darker that much faster. That also meant that I could come back after spring break with a tan.
I spent my days out in the sun I did basically did everything but slather baby oil on my skin. I have sensitive skin so it didn’t get dark very easily, so giiiiiirrrllll I had to work for my tan. Which means I did so much damage. Sorry dermis.
Who can relate, right? Probably most of you, but that doesn’t make it right. If only we knew better then… Sun protection like we know it today just started becoming mainstream in the last 5-10 years. Before that, almost all salons where I grew up had at least 1 tanning bed and they were all booked to the minute! Most people I knew would guy 3-4 sessions before heading down south to get their skin used to sunlight. I’m guilty!
I don’t blame anyone who confesses that they love looking tan. It makes you look healthy, happy and can make you look leaner. Nobody aims to look like a marshmallow. I certainly don’t. Having a May baby means I have to strut my stuff in a bathing suit a couple months after giving birth and I’ll take any help I can get.
A few years ago I got addicted to beauty videos and I would watch them for hours! One that I am so happy I fell onto is the
Loving Tan Review from Jaclyn Hill
She convinced me to try it. So I ordered a bottle of Loving Tan, got myself a St-Tropez Tanning Mit from Shoppers (Canadian Version of Walgreens) and took the plunge.
I. WAS. HOOKED.
I won’t go into details about how I did it, the video shows you step by step what to do and I watch it almost every time I self tan, to make sure I don’t miss a step. Every time I do it without watching, the tan comes out all blotchy. Do yourself a favour, plop your phone right against your mirror and press play before applying the product.
I’ve since moved on to other products since they’re more readily accessible. I now use the St-Tropez line. My spa sells it so I can get it instantly. You can get it from a Sephora as well. I wanted to pop on here to share with you my tips and tricks. Scroll to the bottom to see browse the products I love and why I love them so much.
Exfoliate your body with sugar. Seems dumb but it’s the best exfoliant there is.
If you’ve watched the video, you’ll know that you need to shave and apply moisturizer on your driest areas. (ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers)
Next apply apply apply!
Right now I am in love with the St-Tropez Express. This formula, you need to rinse off after 1,2 or 3 hours depending on the deepness of colour you want. I always leave it on for 3 hours and I love the turn out. If you’re white like my sister on the other hand, you’ll only want to leave it 1-2 hours.
So here are the products I have been using to enhance and maintain my tan.
Above, I specify to only exfoliate your body with the sugar because if you’re like me, sugar will be much to harsh on the delicate skin on your face. I love the Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant. It’s a rice powder. Just add a little water to it to make a paste and scrub in circular motion until it sloughs off. Your skin looks so gorgeous after, and ready to be tannnn.
I am always careful not to over wash my face the first week after I’ve applied the tan. I use Eminence Stone Crop Cleansing Oil because it’s incredibly gentle.
It glides over my skin and picks up any makeup and garbage that might have landed on my skin throughout the day and washes it off. Oils are your friend people! Don’t be scared. I have oily skin and use oils everyday without breaking out. Just don’t over use them that’s all!
St-Tropez Prep and Maintain
The key to making a sunless tan last is moisturize moisturize moisturize! I am a big believer to stick with the same line when you want results so I use their prep and maintain moisturizer and I have no complaints. This is the product I use to prep my skin (remember dry areas?)
During the winter months, when I don’t want to look too too dark, I use the Gradual Tan Tinted. I love this product for 2 reasons. 1, I don’t look like I’ve been baking under the sun when everyone else around me looks pasty. Then your tan doesn’t look good, you just look like an overcooked bird. This products gives you a slight glow, just to look half alive 🙂 The time between November and March is soooooo long. We need something to make us look good and this is the product for it.
You just need to use it for a week to see a difference. Trust me!
Ok folks! That’s all I have to say on that subject. I was meaning to have this post up last night but so much got in the way today! We had friends come and help us build our deck today, my mom helped me get my house organized because I just can’t seem to catch up on my housework. Thanks mommmmmaaaaa! Also I needed to finish some things up for the spa and I had to keep my kids alive. Now I’m sitting in bed, watching the Jill and Justin show that just premiered tonight.
Who else is watching? I’ve had this on my calendar for weeks now! I’m a huge Jillian Harris fan. I follow her on social media and I think we’d be friends if we met in real life. I’m crazy tired obviously.
Ok goodnight everyone, hope you enjoyed reading this post! It’s a long one.
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