Monday, February 25, 2013

Self Tanner to the Rescue

I love self tanners! Always have and always will but I've mostly used them in the summer.  You know, so I don't look super, scary pale while wearing shorts and a tank top.  Well this winter I used one of those gradual tanners and it didn't do much for me.

Case in point? This pic from about a week ago.

Yikes, look how freaking pale I am! Well after seeing how much I blended in with my white shirt I knew it was time to move past the gradual tanner and start using the real thing...and pronto!

I used Neutrogena Build-a-Tan sunless lotion and after just 3 applications (within a week) I'm happy to say I don't look like one of those creatures from the Twilight Sagas.

Much better don't you think? 

My tips for applying any kind of sunless tanner is to #1 wear gloves (I use those blue latex free kind) and apply regular lotion to areas that tend to be dry first (for me that's my knees, elbows, ankles, and feet).  This really helps in preventing those areas from looking 'dirty'.  Then I apply the sunless tanning lotion, rubbing it into my skin in circular motions (to avoid any streaks). 

When it comes to applying it to my face, I take a tiny bit of the sunless tanning lotion and mix it with coconut oil (which is what I use as a moisturizer) then I apply it to my face.  Pretty simple.

The only bummer I found? Seeing how fast my new highlights have faded.  They were so bright and vibrant a week ago, what the heck! Ok, so that was completely not related to the sunless tanning lotion. Sorry about that. Oh, the things you notice in pictures of yourselves.  Are any of you like that too?


  1. I'm jealous that the Neutrogena worked for you!! It left me a streaky mess, and I really wanted to love it!!


    1. Aw man, that sucks! I've had brands of tanning lotions do that too. One time they'll work great and then the next time the color doesn't look as good as it did before. Luckily this one has been doing pretty good, crossing my fingers it stays that way! haha

  2. Does Neutrogena have that 'fake tan' smell? That's the part that I have a hard time getting over.

    Btw, it's not that your highlights faded. The tan brings out the darker tones in your hair, just as lighter skin brings out the lighter tones. Funny how our eyes play tricks like that, isn't it?

    If you haven't already, I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

    1. It does have that kind of "fake tan" smell but it's not as bad as others and the smell does seem to fade pretty quickly. I usually apply it at night so by the morning the smell isn't there but my new 'tan' is. And thanks for letting me know my highlights didn't fade that much. When I was looking at the new picture I was like "what the, where did my highlights go"!


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