My friend recently got spray tanned and she paid $75, she wanted a nice tan for a vaca we were going on. The tan was done like the picture above, very detailed and one on one. She was impressed with the service, but the end result was a bit blotchy. She felt Snooki-fied! (Jersey Shore Status). She was tan looking but her legs and arms were patchy. About a month later her and I went back to the Tanning Salon she recieved the service at and she confessed her dissappointment in her tan. The manager stated that after a spray tan you MUST TAKE A SHOWER WITHIN 5-6 HOURS, otherwise your body will begin to reject the self tanner, and your tan will appear uneven. She gave my friend a second spray tan to prove the results would improve with her instructions, and this was definitely true. Her tan was so natural and even on her skin tone. So taking a shower is definitely important 6 hours after applying a tanning product in general. My self tanner of the summer is Sevin Nyne which is actually produced by Lindsay Lohan. I could lay out all day and my skin would just freckle. When I apply alittle of this self tanner, it really meshes with my freckles to give a nice and natural sunkissed glow. I've tried Dior Bronze self tanner because someone I met totally raved about it, but she was a golden skintone. My skin is kind of pink and fair as anything. So on me it looked ORANGE. This one is not for fair skin. My favorite self tanner is Bliss a tan for all seasons! This tanner is AMAZING! The product comes out a purple tint on the skin so you can see where you're applying it. (Bad side effect: Don't apply around white walls, you'll find yourself wiping it down with windex later, lol). This tanner takes about 2 hours and then your tan. I usually do it at night and wake up in the morning a different tone.
The Kardashian's created a self tanner, it's in the lotion form. I haven't had a chance to try it but someone I know used it on their face and it looked awesome. Keep in mind she has very olive Italian skin. A client at my job said the product smelt "atrocious," but I smelt it and the product doesn't even have a scent, so hmm.
Another huge self tan rule: EXFOLIATE! Not the day of, but the day before so your skin has time to relax. Exfoliating your skin the day before will help for a more even tan. The picture above is an awesome scrub by Fresh, the brown sugar is a natural exfoliant. From my experience be becareful when using this product, it makes the shower floor slippery.
So when you're not soaking up the the vitamin D while sunbathing, self tanners can be a quick trick to faking a glow. Do you have any self tanning tips, and what are your favorite products?
xox Laura Beth