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How to Get a Seamless Self-Tan at Home

As quarantine continues to drag on and I continue to not move from my bed, I find myself getting a quick glimpse here-and-there of my legs and get a little depressed. It's not just my legs, though- it's my arms too. And my feet. And the entire rest of my body. Being stuck inside and not seeing any sun (especially during the springtime) is taking its toll and Casper the Ghost is coming out to play. I've decided it's time to perfect the self-tan at home and I think I have figured out just the right way to do it. Self-tanning at home isn't just one layer all over your body and voilà, you're done. I wish it was that easy! But in order to get the perfect tan, you have to put in the work.

The first thing that you are going to want to do is take a shower- you should always start with a fresh canvas. One of the most important steps while you're in the shower is exfoliating. Exfoliating your skin is the process of using a scrub (or something along those lines) to get all of the dead skin off of your body. You may think "Well I don't have any dead skin," and I'm here to tell you, yeah, you do. My exfoliating scrub of choice is Soap and Glory's The Scrub of Your Life. You can find it at Ulta and a variety of other stores for a very low cost, usually about twelve dollars. I also use a pair of exfoliating gloves which I found on one of my weekly trips to TJ Maxx.

In the shower I put on my gloves, squeeze some of the exfoliator into my hands, and I get to scrubbing- EVERYWHERE. Seriously- legs, feet, stomach, arms, armpits, etc. Once I feel that my skin is as soft as a baby's bottom, I grab my razor and shave everywhere that I just exfoliated. Exfoliating before you shave will remove that extra barrier between your razor and your hair follicles, which in turn allows for a longer-lasting shave.

Once you're out of the shower, dry yourself off and grab some lotion. You want to put a small amount of lotion on areas of your body that will crease while you're tanning. These areas include (but aren't limited to) the heel of the foot, in between the toes, the ankles, the knee and behind the knee, the elbows and the inner part of the elbow, the wrists, in between the fingers and thumb, and lastly, the armpits. Only use a small amount of lotion on these areas- if you use too much, the tan won't stick.

Now that you're all lotioned up, it's time to tan! You can use any self-tanner that you prefer, however in my opinion, the best is from Loving Tan. I use Loving Tan's 2 Hour Express Self Tanner in Dark. Dark seems to give me the perfect colored tan, so I would suggest that color to everyone! Also, make sure you have a tanning mitt- anything else will definitely leaves streaks.

Put your mitt on your dominant hand and pump the tanner into the mitt. I always start at the bottom of my body and work my way up. Starting at the shins, I put tanner on my whole body. Make sure your really work it in to the skin to ensure that seamless look. Move from the shins to the thighs, the stomach to back, and then the arms and chest/neck. However, don't do your hands, armpits, or face. Once all of your body is tanned, wait a few minutes for the tan to set into the skin and dry before you move on.

The hands and armpits tend to leave creases in a self-tan due to not blending it in properly, and this is usually because of the mitt. I like to take the mitt off and switch to a buffing brush that you would use for foundation. I bought a buffing brush at Target for six dollars that I will leave linked below. Pump a tiny amount of self-tanner onto the buffing brush and brush all over your wrists and hands, as well as in between your fingers and thumb. Really blend it into the skin to make sure that you won't have any harsh lines later. After your hands are all tan, move on to your armpits. Follow the same technique and really blend.

There are a variety of ways to tan the face, but I will share my top two. The most common way I tan my face is by using the same buffing brush and blending the smallest amount all over my face and down to my neck. The other way you can tan your face would be to use tanning drops. Tanning drops help your face develop a tan within a certain amount of time, and should be applied with moisturizer to keep the tan even.

Now that your entire body is tanned, put on some baggy clothing and crawl into bed. Even though the bottle says that it is a 2-hour tanner, I sleep with it on overnight. I personally feel that it leaves you with a better tan and one that lasts a few days longer. Sleep the entire night and once you wake up in the morning, you are going to look very dark! But don't freak out. Take another shower and simply watch the self-tanner wash off of your body. It will look like a lot is coming off, but it will leave you with the perfect color once you step out.

Oh snap, who is she?? Oh, that's you! A few shades darker and more confidence than ever! I hope that this helps you get that perfect seamless tan, whether it's your first time self-tanning or your 100th. I have linked everything that I use below in case you guys need to pick up a few things! I promise, I swear by these products- I wouldn't share them if I didn't stand by them!

Stay safe and stay healthy during this quarantine!



Exfoliating Gloves:

Loving Tan Self Tanner:

Self-Tanning Mitt:

Buffing Brush:

Facial Tanning Drops:

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