And so is self-tanner. After trial and error, I have discovered a way that works best for me to achieve a pretty good at-home fake tan. I will never look like this:
|By the way, I hate you, Kate Moss.|
But I can achieve a good glow that is about 3 shades darker. Let's be realistic-- some spray tans look awful on pale skin, so telling yourself that you will never be bronze but you will have a glow will make you feel better. So, let's get to it, shall we?
The Pale Girl's Guide to an At-Home Spray Tan
Before you get started, you might want to get on YouTube and research a little on the method of spraying the spray tan bottle onto your body. I go in an "S" direction all over my body, and I even apply a fine mist to my face. YouTube is your best friend on spray tan application methods. Yep.
Steps Towards Perfection:
1. Shower and exfoliate your entire body and face with your favorite scrub.
2. Towel dry completely.
3. Put on a shower cap, gloves, and your socks while the rest of you is in your birthday suit.
4. Stand in the tub/shower (this prevents you giving your bathroom/house a spray tan)
5. Spray the self-tanner on in sections, starting with your legs and rubbing it in as best as you can as you go.
The rest I do out of the shower:
6. Hold the can about 12 inches away and spray a fine mist on your face. Do not rub in.
7. Remove socks and apply a fine mist to feet and rub in.
8. Remove gloves.
9. Hold hands in a claw like shape and apply a fine mist. Do not rub in.
10. Let body air dry and then wear dark, loose clothing.
I let the tan develop overnight and then I rinse off in the shower in the morning, using a little bodywash. This prevents me from smelling up a room any time I walk in. Like I said, pretty much all self tanners will smell. I stopped looking for the one without a smell, rather concentrating on finding one that I think gives me the best color for my skin tone. I also stopped using the "daily glow" lotions, as I find those smell too and you have to leave those on your skin for them to develop the best color. Personally, I just prefer a spray. I am currently really loving:
Neutrogena Micromist in Deep (yes, this will work on pale skin)
Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Mist
I also make sure to moisturize my skin post-tan every day so that the tan does not get splotchy and to ensure that it'll last longer.
I hope this helps you achieve color that doesn't put you at risk for any sort of skin damage!
Are there any self-tanning tips that you'd like to share? What do you swear by?