Sunless Tanning Routine

Hey ya’ll! So last week in my Summer Must Haves Post, I talked about how I was looking for the perfect sunless tanning products.  I have been around the block when it comes to sunless tanning products.  I have always had fair skin that just does not tan all that well. No matter how long I sit in the sun, I will pretty much burn and then go back to my fair skin tone. Each year I try more and more products, and come closer and closer to that perfect match.  For the past few weeks I have been using this combination of products and I have really been loving them! Out of all the products I have ever used, I have been most impressed with these!

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One thing that I have consistently done for a few years now is spray tan.  The salon I go to changes from year to year, but they all have the Mystic machine.  Because I am very fair, I only get the light cartridge.  I have tried the medium one, but that one appeared too orange on my pink toned skin. Depending on what salon I’m going to, I try to find an unlimited program to get the most for my money.  I usually gone one to two times a week, depending on how the tan is wearing.  If I go to the pool a lot, usually it comes off faster, and therefore I will go more often.  If anyone is interested in hearing more about my spray tanning by it’s self, let me know! I would love to do that!

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In addition to spray tanning, I do use two other products to enhance my tan between spray tans.  The first is the new Ulta Beauty Self Tanner.  I got it in the shade medium.  Usually I would go for the lightest shade, but the medium is more brown toned which helps to make my tan look the most natural. I also purchased the mitt that comes with this to apply the product. While I am pretty new to mouse tanners, I really enjoy this one! It is fast drying, and when applied with the mitt, it is almost streak free! I do however use it very lightly around my knees, elbow and ankles. I only use this product at night and I let the color develop and dry overnight.  This color builds up gradually, so I usually use it every two to three days.

I also use the Jergens Natural Glow daily moisturizer in the color light to medium. I put this product on after the shower, whether it is morning or night.  However, I don’t use this every day.  I usually use this product the days I’m not using the Ulta tanner.  This is also a very gradual, build-able tan. It also moisturizes my skin which is important while self tanning. Just like most self tanners, I use this one very sparingly around my knees, elbows, and ankles.

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When using sunless tanning products, it is easier for it to look fake.  The best way I have learned to combat this is by adding a little bit of natural tan.  While I don’t tan super well, I do the best that I can.  Adding a little natural color to my sunless tan makes for the most natural look.  Some of my favorite sunscreens for tanning are Banana Boat and Sun Bum. I use SPF 50 on my face, and SPF 30 on my body.  When I know I’m only going to be out for a little, I will use the SPF 15 Oil.  These three products work together to help me a achieve a slight level of natural tan, without burning.

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The last step to my routine is moisturizer.  This is one of the most important steps.  With all the shaving and sunless and natural tanning I do in the summer, it’s easy for my skin to become dry.  The Ocean Potion Aloe Lotion is my favorite after sun lotion.  If I happen to get burnt, it soothes the burns and prevents peeling.  It also has an amazing summery scent that I love! I also love to use the Body Shop’s Body Butters at night.  These are amazing moisturizers! Every morning when I wake up after using these I have the softest skin!

I hope you all enjoyed knowing a little bit about my sunless tanning routine! I hope you all are enjoying the beginning of the summer season!

Until Next Time

Pinky and the Prep

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