Have no fear, my Spring Forward Survival Kit is here
Uh oh! It’s that time of year again, your skin is dry and dull, your body’s been covered up for months, but it’s almost time to put those spring break shorts on.
Don’t worry I’ve got you covered-I’m happy to share my annual transition secrets with my fellow makeup lovers! Not only do I survive this transition…I thrive. Here’s how:
It’s always good to start with a clean canvas and yes, your face, well anywhere you want to tan, is the canvas. Use our Bambo Polish (you only need a dime size) to exfoliate your face. ( You can use this yummy scrub on those dull, notoriously dry areas on the body, too. Think elbows, knees, and ankles.)
This exfoliant will make your skin brighter-looking and remove dead skin cells. Exfoliating your skin is key to a silky smooth finish because it prevents pockets of sunless tanner from collecting on those dry, dull skin areas!
PRO TIP: Speaking of sloughing away the skin, don’t forget to give your lippies some love with our Pomegranate Lip Scrub. This will buff away any dead skin cells on your lips and provide lots of moisture. There will be NO crusty lips this season. Remember, new season, new canvas.
Sunless tanning comes in many forms. From barely-there color to “wowza, when did you get back from vacation?” From gradual color build with clear application to sun-kissed in an instant.
No matter how many different formulas there are out there, I think we can all agree on a few fears we have when it comes to application.
- The dreaded orange hue – it’s a big fear and there are many tanning products out there that fail to capture that natural tan essence. (Some by inches, and some by miles.)
- Streaks! – full body application can be just scary enough for us to want to skip it altogether. And just imagine… what if you got distracted and forgot a whole limb!
Let me tell you, I have tried so many sunless tanners and have had my share of tanning turmoil. I’m going to make it easy for you with two easy remedies for your application fears.
Tanning Tonic and Tanning Solution. Two flawless formulas that won’t steer you wrong.
Tanning Tonic – a juicy concoction of good for your skin ingredients. Makes my skin look healthy with zero traces of the off-putting orange. And if you like to feel like you have been whisked away to a tropical island, just close your eyes and take in the aroma of a Caribbean breeze.
Tanning Solution – This seemingly magical formula not only gives me color that lasts up to fourteen days, I get instant color. And forget about that telltale tanning odor… not with this formula.
Always even. When you go to the salon to get sunless tanning, what do they use? A modified airbrush device. So why would you settle for anything less at home?
The reasons why salons use airbrush application is because it’s reliable and even. EVERY SINGLE TIME. Skip the streaks and use what the pros use – but at home!
After completely drying, I like to sleep in my new tan and yes COMPLETELY DRY. We’re giving our skin a glow, not our bedsheets! While I know that my tan starts to kick in 4-6 hours after application, I also know that if I sleep in my tan, it soaks in a little longer and motivates me to hop out of bed a few minutes before my alarm to check out my new glow!
I also sleep soundly because I know that (once I am dry), my new glowing color won’t transfer. Trust me, it’s worth the wait. Plus, it’s really hard to keep checking your tan line (obsess much?) while you are catching your Zzzzzzs.
Shower (not scrub)
Be sure to skip any scruffy, rough cleansing, especially the day after you apply. Your tan is fresh and even and you want to keep it that way. It’s best to use cold or room-temperature water when showering.
Be sure to dry with caution, dry in a light dabbing motion to avoid streaks, and accidentally removing your tan!
Days after tanning, you might need a little refresh or touch up in certain areas. Our Tanning Tonic Mist is great for a quick and easy touch-up or as I like to call it on-the-go glow-it’s the perfect size to fit in your purse!
It’s clear and the color aligns perfectly with Tanning Solution or Tanning Tonic. And let’s not forget that ‘take me away’ tropical scent!
I hope my survival kit has calmed your spring scaries and you’re excited to feel confident in those spring break shorts! Remember prep is key (clean canvas), follow the simple aftercare steps, and always keep your Tanning Tonic Mist in arm’s reach. Now, GO GET YOUR GLOW ON!