I am very fair skinned, but since I do a lot of bikini modeling, my clients always request for me to be tan. I don’t believe in going to tanning salons since my grandpa passed away from skin cancer from working outside with no sunblock all his life. There is always the option of getting a spray tan, but standing a box where you can’t breathe and being cold from the wet spray is kind of awful to me. I prefer to tan in the privacy and comfort of my own home. With that being said, I have tried and tested so many self tanning products over the years, these are the best ones that I’ve tried and are by far my favorites.
1. BANANA BOAT Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion in Deep Dark Color
BANANA BOAT Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion in Deep Dark Color is the easiest lotion to apply, and lotion is a natural brown tint to it, so when you apply it you can see where it goes and also gives you a natural instant tan, which develops into a deeper tan overnight. Light scent, so not too obvious that you are wearing self tanner. I put it on before bed so it soaks in overnight, and it doesn’t easily come off on clothes once dry. For a deeper color I layer it on by showering at night, applying one layer and going to bed, and then followed by applying another layer in the morning. You don’t have to use rubber gloves when applying this one, because it washes off your hands easily. But for some types of tanner I buy rubber gloves at the pharmacy (Rite Aid, CVS, or Walgreens) or beauty supply store (like Sally Beauty) and wear them on my hands while rubbing it into my skin. There is no sparkles in it, and it dries quickly (about 10 minutes) Best part is, the price! On average it’s about $7.50 and sometimes I find it on sale as a 2 for 1 deal at Ulta stores. I found it at Walmart and Ulta. Here’s a link to order it online from Ulta Banana Boat Summer Color
2. So Bronze Self-Tanning Body Bronzing
So Bronze spray instantly creates a light golden glow immediately and also has Self-Tanning bronzers that gradually develop within 2-4 hours.
- Ultra fine mist-Great for using on FACE, HANDS AND FEET for an even application.
- Dries quickly in less than 5 minutes and won’t stain clothing-FOR EVEN FASTER DRYING, I use a hair dryer on a cool heat setting to speed up the pace! (ESPECIALLY AFTER SPRAYING ON FACE-I suggest to keep your eyes closed if you spray on your face, until spray application is dry)
- Hands free, no rub application-which makes it easy to spray on the tops of your hands and feet.
- Doesn’t smell
For best results apply to clean, exfoliated skin. Shake well before and during each use. Hold can 4-6 inches away from skin and spray in an even continuous sweeping motion. Apply sparingly around ankles, knees, elbows and hairline. Designed to spray at any angle, even upside down. Allow skin to dry before dressing. Avoid bathing, swimming and perspiring for at least 3 hours. Reapply as needed to maintain or deepen color.”
It is a little pricey for tanning spray at $34.00, but I only use it on my face, hands and feet, so it goes a long way. You can buy it online or at your local Ulta store.
3.) Giesee and it’s called SUN in Very Dark color.
In the photo below are the gloves that I use to apply self tanner. I purchase them at Rite Aid, but you can usually find them at any pharmacy. The Vinyl gloves I find are the best kind to apply self tanner with and help you to get a smooth application without running the risk of orange palms. Plus, it saves you the time from having to scrub your hands after applying. The white bottle is a new self tanner I started using. It’s on the expensive side, but it is really dark, has sort of a cherry/almond scent to it, and sticks to my face well. I have been using that one mostly on my face the night before. But I also like to use it on my body when I need a dark tan fast! It’s by Giesee and it’s called SUN in Very Dark color. I bought it at an Ulta store, I wasn’t able to find it on their online store, BUT I found it for you for less than half price on Amazon.com!!!! HOW AWESOME AM I? Here is the link:
I’m even going to order it online from now on, since it’s HALF the price!! Yay!
Even though this bronzer comes in a pump bottle, close the bottle when you are done by twisting the pump. When the air gets to it, it tends to turn a greenish color, and you don’t want that!
Let me know how you girls do with this, and if this post was helpful?