It’s rare that I have a natural tan these days, even in the Summer. Years ago, I would spend hours in the sun to get a tan and now you’ll find me under the umbrella with a hat + plenty of SPF. However, I still LOVE a good bronzey glow. For today’s post, I’ve narrowed down 4 products that I can’t live without (especially in the Summer) and how I apply them for a perfect tan. These are products that always perform well for me, and I continue to buy them over and over again. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
Bondi Sands Tanning Foam: When I want to tan my entire body, I usually reach for a tanning foam/mousse and you really can’t beat this one by Bondi Sands. It is the perfect tone, not orange, not too olive, and the price point is great! It looks so natural! If I have a photoshoot, wedding, heading to the beach, etc, I will reach for this because It’s pretty easy to apply + you can see exactly where you have applied it with the guide color. When I use a foam, I like to shower, exfoliate, and shave the night before, and apply the tanner first thing in the morning. (I let it develop during the day.) I always exfoliate with this scrub. Make sure to focus on your elbows, knees, and ankles. I moisturize my entire body with this lotion before bed. The next morning, I will apply this cream to any areas that I exfoliated to make sure those areas don’t develop into a darker tan than the rest of my body. Next, I use this mitt (the best one by far!) for my body and this brush for my face, hands, and feet (any flat-top synthetic brush will work for this.). I work from home most days, so I will do this on a day that I don’t have to leave the house while my tan develops.
Tan Luxe Drops: If you have been following me for a while, you know my love for these tanning drops. They are so easy to use. I’ve used them for years and have been through many bottles. Simply mix a few drops in with your favorite moisturizer, apply to your body, and you’re done! If you want a deeper tan, simply use more drops. This is a product that you can use gradually to build a tan over several days also if you wish to go that route. You don’t have to shower this tanner off, however, make sure to wash your palms after applying! I have no issues using this on my face!
Bronzing Lotion: I love to layer this product on top of an existing tan, or just on my natural skin for a gorgeous glow. It gives you an immediate bronze effect and it also has a gradual tanner built in it, which will deepen your tan. You can dilute this with regular lotion if you want it to be more subtle. It is absolutely stunning on legs! Make sure to let this product dry down before getting dressed or it will transfer!
My All-Time FAVORITE Bronzer: I discovered this bronzer last year and it is such a staple in my makeup routine year round–It made it onto my best products of 2020 post. I wear it with or without foundation. The formula is so stunning and you can wear it super sheer or build it up when you want more color. It never streaks on my skin and it always looks so natural. I use the shade Nude Bronze Light. It comes in a few other shades for different skin tones as well. The price point is a little more than I like to spend on a makeup product, but it lasts SO long.
Let me know if I missed your favorite tanning product below or if you plan to try any of these out! I can’t believe we have almost made it to Summer!
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