In the summer months (and even in the other seasons for some of us *cough* me) everyone wants that healthy, tan sun-kissed skin. But the reality is laying out or laying in the tanning bed, soaking up UV rays, is harmful to our skin. This truth is hard for me to accept sometimes because I love laying out, but I am trying to accept it! Ultraviolet rays can cause skin cancer, and if that possibility is not enough to convince you, then let me tell you, UV rays definitely cause skin to age. I don't know about you but I am trying to prevent wrinkles in anyway I can for as long as I can.
So, one way to get this bronze-y skin is by using this self tanner. It seriously is the best because: 1. it's cheap 2. it gives a natural color 3. it is so easy to apply and blend!
I wanted to show y'all how well this self tanner works and how natural it is, and I took some before and after pictures of my cousin to do this. She is very fair skinned so I felt like she would be the perfect test subject!
These pictures were taken at different times of the day, so the lighting doesn't allow for the most accurate comparison. In the before pictures, Maddie is more red and fair and in the after pictures, she is more bronzy.
To me, the telltale signs of a fake tan are the way the hands and feet look, so I made sure to include a picture of Maddie's hands and feet. They don't look like Dorito hands to me, and that is just a testament to how natural this self-tanner is!
The difference isn't super dramatic, but you could tell she had a nice summer-y glow!
If you want to know how I apply self-tanner, read the steps below!
1. Shower - this includes exfoliating and shaving
2. Apply lotion to all the typically dry/rough spots of your skin (elbows, hands, wrists, feet, neck, knees) even if you think they aren't dry!
3. Pump self tanner onto mitt. It does not have to be the mitt I linked, it can be any mitt you find!
4. Rub onto body in circular motions and find a friend to help you do your back!
5. For the tough areas like your hands, neck, and feet use a makeup brush to apply the self tanner. Apply a tiny amount of self tanner to the brush and blend it over these areas making sure to bend your fingers and toes to get in all the little places.
6. Let the self-tanner dry for 20 minutes. You can also apply makeup powder to your joints to make your skin feel less sticky.
7. After 6 hours, or after sleeping through the night, get in the shower and rinse your body off until the water runs clear
* I have only used this self-tanner on my face once and it did not break me out. However, I still prefer to not put it on my face and instead use a darker foundation to match.