Tanning 101

May 21, 2012

While I love being tan in the summer, I don’t like the idea of baking my skin. Luckily, there are plenty of options in beauty products to replicate a bronzed glow.
I start off with a good exfoliator and moisturizer before I tan to be sure I have clean, smooth skin to work with. Using the tanning mitt (Ulta has a great, affordable option), I use a pump or two for each body section (ie calf, thigh or bottom) and directly rub it into my skin starting with my legs and lightly going over my feet. St. Tropez Self Tanning Mousse is my absolute favorite tanning product because it is easy to use, dries quickly and leaves a natural, even brown looking tan. No orange streaks here!
To keep my face looking tan and to match the rest of my body, I use Jergens Natural Glow for Face Gradual Self Tanning Moisturizer. It doubles as a face moisturizer before I use makeup and gradually creates a natural looking tan on my face. I love Estee Lauder’s Bronzer Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer to give my face a sun-kissed look and use NARS Illuminator in Laguna for a bronzy sheen on my cheekbones. It even works great if I mix it in with foundation or tinted moisturizer for an all-over face glow. 
To give my body that Victoria Secret model sun-kissed glow look, The Body Shop’s Honey Bronzer Shimmer Dry Oil is the perfect option. I rub it all over my arms and legs to make my skin glisten and then dust e.l.f.’s Body Glow for a sheer golden touch of radiance.
So there you have it, my fake golden just-from-the-beach fool proof tan without damaging your skin, and without looking like you “fake and bake” either! 
What are your favorite tanning products?