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Sunless Tanning Tips & Tricks


Ahhh, the beginning of swimsuit season.  It's exhilarating and also terrifying.  We're so ready to ditch our winter bundles but we are also SO PALE.  Sunless tanning products are must haves for this time of year and while I shared my favorites last spring, I thought today was a great day to share my tips & tricks when it comes to a flawless fake tan.  After all, Memorial Day weekend is less than two weeks away and that's what I would consider the official start of summer!

+Before tanning, take a warm shower (to open up your pores) and exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!  Get all of that dead, dry skin off to allow your tanner to really soak into your skin.  This is my favorite exfoliator - cheap and from Target, win win.

+Make sure to use the correct application products.  My absolute favorite self tanner is the Tan Towels because they don't require any additional products but if you're using a mousse or a gel, I would recommend picking up an applicator mitt.  St. Tropez makes a great, reasonably priced one.

+If you run into any streaks or don't use a mitt and need to get residue off of your hands, baking soda is the solution.  Mix with warm water and gently rub into the area you would like to even out or remove the tanner from and then dab dry with a towel (that you don't mind getting dirty!).

+After application, be sure to let the tanner really dry.  You can use a blow dryer on your skin to speed up the process but I prefer to just wait 15 minutes before putting on any (dark) clothes.  

+I also like to tan at night so that the tan can fully absorb into my skin before I'm out and about.  The next morning, I take a quick rinse of to get rid of any of that tanner smell.

+Use a really moisturizing lotion twice a day to make your tan last as long as possible.  I've been faithful to this lotion for years and years, it's the best.  

+Once your tan is fading and/or starting to peel, use your exfoliator in the shower to remove it.  And then start the process all over again :)

What's your favorite sunless tanning product?

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41 comments

  1. Great tips girl!!! I am using the Jergens new tanning "mousse" and it's very gradual so it's not like wham you're tan, but more like sun kissed which I love! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Awesome tips! I usually completely fail at sunless tanning and end up with all sorts of streaks. Going to check out your list of favorites now!

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  3. Great tips girl! I had no idea that you should open up your pores beforehand, definitely trying that :)

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  4. I love both Tan Towels and St. Tropez thanks to your recommendations! And I got the mitt after reading your post on them and love it! It is KEY!

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  5. Thanks for the great tips! I'm not huge on self-tanning, but I'm determined to change that this season.

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  6. Great tips! I've experimented with SO many. I think the key really is moisturizing and application. The mitt really helps me. I've heard great things about St. Tropez and am going to try it soon!

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  7. I wish my skin had more color, but at the same time I've just accepted that this is how pale I am. haha I embrace it!

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

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  8. Thanks for the tips--this white girl needs all that she can get! haha. My favorite (right now) is the Victoria Secret Self Tanner. It gives a good, instant color.

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  9. you must have read my mind.....I was just thinking I needed more info on this subject...I have been trying to bring back the pastey white look, but not sure that is going to fly this summer!

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  10. I am obsessed with tan towels - they are so fool proof! great tips!

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  11. These are such fabulous tips - nobody wants to start the season pale! I just started using tan towels and they are life changing, love them!!

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  12. Love this post! I really need a little bit of color before I feel comfortable skimping down to a bikini.

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  13. Great tips. I am a sunless tanner newbie.

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  14. Such good tips! I think exfoliating is the biggest trick for me! My skin always looks (and feels) better if I've really exfoliated before a spray tan or self tanning!
    xo Southern Style

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  15. Great tips! I actually put on some tanner this morning before work. I didn't know about the baking soda tip though. That will come in handy!

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  16. Love this, thank you so much for the tips! I always struggle with applying sunless tanner correctly but I NEED it because I am so super pale!

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  17. I used to do the sunless tanning thing but ended up looking so spotty, I just give up :)

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  18. I have been looking into this lately to get myself ready for my wedding! Thanks for the tips!

    http://britcreates.blogspot.com/

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  19. I use the Kardashian Sun Kissed Tan and I love it! It is a gradual tan and I use it every morning. I have been using it for about 6 months now and haven't seen any streaks or my hands turning orange!

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  20. For the first time ever this winter I just embraced being pale and gave up trying to get any kind of tan at all. Turns out, I don't even get that pale! Now that it's getting warmer though I'd like to try out some sunless tanners to kick start some color on my skin again. I'm not super white, but I can't wait to be bronzed again!

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  21. Great tips. I have only self tan twice and I really been wanting to get into again. Besides it being safer, you get faster results. Thanks for sharing!
    Melissa

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  22. I love all products by St. Tropez. I miss self tanning while pregnant. I would - but I cant reach any of my body parts like I used to be able to haha!! Once I deliver and get back into shape, I will be self tanning again! Their mitten is awesome!

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  23. I've never tried baking soda, but that's awesome to know. St. Tropez is the sunless tanner I bought to use before I go to Florida next week, but I definitely want to give tan towels a try too. Great tips, lady! xo

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  24. I love St. Ives products, I'll have to give this exfoliator a try! Thanks for sharing all of the great tips!! (:

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  25. girl these tips are on point! I worked in 3 different tanning salons in my highschool days (please judge me. please) and now I am 100% self tanner only! My favorite ever is the fake bake mist, it's so perfect and looks awesome! And I second doing it at night! that way you wake up tan and rinse off and wala. :)
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

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  26. i've never heard heard of using baking soda! good idea. my best friend goes to the (gasp!) tanning bed. it's a huge no no in my book so thanks for sharing these!

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  27. I swear I am the only person who has AWFUL luck with every sunless tanning product I use! I come out streaky no matter what!

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  28. I'm so glad you're explaining sunless tanning, because sun tanning can be so dangerous! did you see an article on facebook where this girl now has serious skin cancer from tanning so much. Thankfully I don't need to tan :)

    liz @ sundays with sophie

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  29. Great tips girl! I never knew about the baking soda thing! Is there anything baking soda cant do??

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  30. Such good tips! I still have never tried the Tan Towels, but I always hear such good things about them. I finally am getting the hang of tanning my hands without them getting all streaky by putting moisturizer on RIGHT before the tanner and then obviously not washing your hands for the rest of the night.

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  31. This is so helpful! I've given up tanning beds for a while now, but I am SO pale! I'm definitely going to check out some of the products you mentioned. Thanks! :)

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  32. I need to do this and use these tips. I'm soooo pale year round.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  33. I need a tan like woah! My legs are Casper the Ghost white, and it ain't pretty. Will definitely be keeping your tips in mind when I begin the self tanning process. Thanks for sharing, Katie!:)

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  34. Love these tips!! And I'm actually getting my first spray tan today for the wedding and am excited (and a little nervous!). Hopefully I end up tan and not orange :)

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  35. Great tips! I'm fair skinned and have been using self tanner for YEARS. I recommend wearing gloves rather than applying it with your bare hands. I've also found that the aerosol self tanner works great for hands & feet too!

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  36. PINNING THIS! im super pale and im embracing it but sometimes it would be nice to have a little color (the safe way) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  37. I need to try these tan towels ASAP! Thanks for sharing your tips!

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