My Routine & Tips

Last summer in mid-July, I went on a weeklong vacation to a tropical destination and missed my bronzy tan during the winter months. With that being said, the past winter left me feeling not only cold, but also pale. So, I wanted to figure out a way to get that tan without the $700 trip to Cuba. I opened up my St. Tropez self-tanner and got to werk!

Let’s get started!

1) Shave

Before tanning, it is important to shave the day before you tan. When you shave the day of, the agents that are responsible for colour pay off will sit in areas where pressure was applied with the razor.

2) Exfoliate

Exfoliate in all areas you will be applying the tan to ensure an even tan all around. I like to use a loofa and the Buffy Body Butter from Lush when I have it around. At other times, I like to create my own homemade exfoliator with coconut oil and sugar.  

3) Moisturize

The DHA in tanning products is a chemical agent that is responsible for that bronzey colour pay off. The product will stick to areas more than others so be sure to moisturize your toes, ankles, knees, elbows, wrists, and knuckles.

4) Application

Now it is time to apply the self-tanner! Use the St. Tropez Tanning Mitt to apply the mousse. I only tan my neck and the edge of my chin and use darker foundation to match tones. If you choose to apply it to your face add some moisturizer beforehand and be aware of the possibility of a breakout!

Amount of pumps:

-2 shins

-3 thighs

-5 stomach

-5 chest and neck

-2 shoulders to elbows

-2 elbows to wrists

-5 back (have someone else do your back it is soo much easier that way or tie the mitt to a hair brush to get out-of-reach spots.)

-Feet and hands are done last. Apply is sparingly over your knuckles and ankles. To avoid “self-tan hands”, I use a wet cloth or paper towel to scrub off the access. I also go over my hands with an old damp beauty blender just to fully blend it out. When I use my Jergens gradual self-tanner I just apply it with my hands and wash my hands with soap after.

5) Dry Off

Wait about 10 minutes for the colour guard to dry, then get dressed in old baggy clothing. Don’t worry about the colour guard discolouring your clothing because it won’t!

6) Waiting Game

Wait 1, 2, or 3 hours then take a shower and voila you are now tanned!

Maintaining Your Tan

My tan typically lasts me 5-7 days and try to moisturize every other day. I exfoliate the day before and on the day that I start a new round of tanning. Sometimes, I put on the Jergens gradual self-tanner 3 Days to Glow on day 7 to prolong my tan.

Getting the perfect sunless tan can be a little intimidating but I hope this helps! Damn fam, how was your trip to Cuba??

Stay tanned xo


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