My dream to be tan…
I have always wanted to naturally be tan, to have that effortless sun kissed glow all summer long… Sadly that will never be the case. I’m super super pale, and when I do try to tan in the sun, I burn. Nothing I do or try lets me get a tan form the sun, I’ve tried oils, laying in the sun for hours, even getting burnt to see if it will turn into a tan… Nope. The only thing that’s worked is fake tan.
So, If I want to get a sun kissed look, I’m going to have to buy it. There’s nothing wrong with fake tan, it allows you to pick the colour you want to be, whether it be light, medium or dark, AND you can be tan all year long… It just takes a little bit of effort. As a pale girl, I’m thankful for fake tans, as it lets me attain something I can’t naturally, and makes me feel more confident in a swimsuit. For me, this is the only way I can get the perfect summer fake tan.
So this is me!
As you can see I’m pretty pale. In fact almost every shade of face makeup I own (foundations, concealer, powder) is the lightest in their range… and for some brands their lightest shade is even too dark/pink for my skin tone. Clearly I could use a tan in the summer!
Before we get into the post, I just want to add a disclaimer to all my other pale girls out there. You do not need to be tan to be beautiful. You do not need to be tan to be confident. You do not to be a tan for anything, or anyone. I personally just like being tan, I enjoy the process; it feels like I’m pampering myself a little. Plus I naturally can’t be tan… So I guess I just naturally want what I can’t have. So, if you want to be pale, all the power to you, for most of the year I’m pale too! But if you want to be tan for the summer, or maybe you have a prom, party, of action coming up and you’re looking for a little extra colour, read on. After years of fake tanning, I’ve come up with a pretty solid routine with a few tips and tricks you can learn.
Pick Your Method
Before anything you need to pick your method of tanning. I personally love a good fake tan (ie.Tan in a bottle 😉 ) But you can also go to a tanning salon and get in a bed, or get a spray tan. I’ve also seen news about tanning oils, although I’ve never tried them myself. Theres also the good old fashion way, laying in the sun with a good book and good tunes.
Why fake tan?
While I love a spray tan in a salon, I don’t have the time to go to the salon, or do I always want to be spending money on a tan every week for upkeep maintenance. I personally will not get into a tanning bed, as it is really bad for your skin, and I think I’d feel claustrophobic the entire time. While I love the feeling of the sun beating down on me, wrapping me in its warm rays-Im naturally super pale, and I burn easily. Plus, sadly that burn never turns into a tan, so its yields zero results. Which leaves me with fake tan.
Pick Your Brand
The first tan is St.Tropez. I’ve used this tan so much over the years because it’s so much easier for me to get my hands on. It’s carried in Shoppers Drug mart, which is located on every other street corner in the city. The St.Tropez line has so many different options as well, from the mousse, to a special face fake tan formula, and the gradual shower tan. I love them all. St.Tropez comes in two shades, and both are great. Their tan also has a express version, if you’re in a hurry! They have their own tanning mitt, with is super soft and great for applying your fake tan.
Loving Tan I order online, and I get the 2 hour express in Medium or Dark depending on how tan I want to get . This tan is the amazing, it as an olive base, which is important for pale girls like me because it stops the tan from looking orange on my skin. There are so many options on the site when you go to buy your fake tan. You can get different shades, the express vs the normal, or the regular and large size bottles. I started buying the regular sized bottles just to try it out, then ordered the large bottles just because it made more sense. The medium dark colour gives me the tan of my dreams, it’s the perfect sun kissed glow I’m looking for all summer. Results below are shown using the Dark.
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Both Tan brands give me an amazing summer glow, and if you apply correctly you will not get streaks and they will last for about 7-10 days if you maintain it.
Prep Your body
So, you’ve picked your tan brand, and the colour. Now time to prep. First you want to start by taking a nice shower or bath using warm water. If you shave, you should do this during your shower as well. For the summer time, I would recommend waxing, as having spiky legs in the summer annoys me. Shaving with fake tan on can actually take it off and make it look streaky in my personal experience.
You also want to exfoliate during your shower. My method of choice is the exfoliating mitt that I was given from Loving Tan, or a loofa if you don’t have a mitt. Be sure to pay extra attention to your knees, elbows, ankles, wrists and your underarm areas. Your toes and fingers are also an area you’ll want to focus on, especially the knuckles and creases. If you miss any dead skin areas, or rougher areas the tan will show up darker (because it’s absorbed more).
Get your moisturizer out! After your shower you’ll want to use a really good moisturizer over your entire body. I love Aveeno, but I occasional use some of my sons baby lotion. Be sure to use a little extra in those area you paid extra attention to exfoliating.
Apply Your Fake Tan
After letting that soak in, now it’s time to apply your tan. Using a mitt, which I 100% recommend purchasing with your fake tan (both loving tan and St.Tropez sell the mitts) you’ll want to pump one or two dollops onto your mitt. The amount you pump depends on the area you’re applying tan to. In a circular motion spread the tan evenly around. Do this around your whole body. The circular motion insures you will not get any streaks.
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Applying Fake Tan To Your Back?
The hardest area to apply tan is your back, so if you have a partner, sibling, parent or friends around ask them for help. If not, you can try and move your hand around to cover most of it, OR loving tan has this amazing back mitt type thing meant for tanning your back yourself. I think this product is genius and saves me so much frustration. Theres also this amazing hack, you can tie your mitt onto your back scrubber and tie it with a hair elastic. Pro Tip: If you don’t have a back scrubber… grab your longest spatula from the kitchen!
Another Pro Tip: Apply Baby powder to your inner elbows, knees and armpits to avoid your tan creasing.
Once you have your tan all applies, put on some old clothes and lounge for the time indicated on the bottle. I would suggest loose fitting and dark colours. Then shower, and rinse it off.
Tanning Your Face
When it comes to your face, whether you apply tan or not is a personal choice. I have in the past, as well as I have left it. It completely depends on my skin at the time. One year my skin was breaking out so I didn’t apply tan in fear of irritating it more. Other times I did apply tan to my face, but found that it faded quicker than my body because I washed my face twice a day. This being said, this was all just with normal fake tan. St.Tropez has a bottle purely for your face, which is super perfect. You can reapply as needed, and it’s specially formulated for your face.
Another tip is that you can also contour your face using fake tan if you don’t want to tan your whole face, and you’re only tanning your body a little darker. This saves you time in the morning, and you wake up practically ready for the day! Thanks to Cosmo for teaching me this trick.
Maintaining Your Perfect Summer Tan
To maintain your tan, you’ll want to moisturize twice every day, avoid exfoliating in the shower, and be careful of any clothing or accessories that rub against your body that could take some tan off.
The most important part about fake tan is to remember to still wear sunscreen while you’re out and about in the sun! You can still get burnt while wearing fake tan!