Favorite Sunless Tanners

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Today I am sharing my self (sunless) tanning routine. I get asked a lot how I self-tan and what my favorite products are so I wanted to write it all out and link my favorites.

Most of the time I am using Million Dollar tan mousse with their specific mitt that it comes with, I LOVE this stuff so much! It’s awesome. The mitt is really soft and evenly distributes the mousse well.

Another one of my favorites is St. Tropez Instant Sun Mousse.

If I want a quick tan that is just meant to last for the day, the Million Dollar All That Simmers body oil. It gives you a sparkling glow and can even boost your tan. I used this a lot on our trip!

For my face & neck, I love Clarins Liquid Bronze Self-Tanner. I apply in the morning before my makeup and in just a few hours my face and neck have a sun-kissed glow.

Million Dollar Tan has a Summer Sun bundle that has both the mitt, mousse and body oil – all 3 the favorites that I use!

I like to self-tan 2-3 times a week depending on my schedule. I really like to have some tint to my skin, I am super pale if I don’t use anything! It really is so easy and quick though, it only takes 5 minutes for me to do my whole body!

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HOW I SELF TAN:

  1. I always start by exfoliating my skin/body in the shower before I do any self-tanning. You don’t want any dead/dry skin making your tan streaky or uneven.
  2. I apply my daily lotion before I self-tan. Otherwise, I feel like my skin is so dry. Not sure if this is right or wrong, but I feel like the tanner applies easier when my skin is moisturized.
  3. Apply the self-tanning product in front of a mirror (and use a mitt)! The mitt applies the tanner evenly and your palms don’t turn super dark. I start at my ankles and work my way up.
  4. Let it dry for at least 10-15 minutes before you put on any clothes. If you don’t let it dry completely, you may feel sticky and the tanner may transfer to clothes. If you let it dry completely you shouldn’t have any issues like that!
  5. For hands/feet/ – I normally just rub what’s left on the mitt onto my feet and hands. I try to use very little to avoid looking orange.
  6. Face & Neck – I use this brush to apply. I start around my hairline and then onto my cheekbones and lightly everywhere else. For your neck, make sure you get all the crevices and it’s even. Start with very little tanner and use more if needed.

And that’s it! Takes me less than 10 minutes. I hope this was helpful to some of you guys. 🙂 I have been experimenting with different self-tanning products for years and finally found the ones that look natural and are easy to apply.

Any questions, feel free to leave below. Let me know if you have any other favorite tanning products!

Becky xx

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    1. The Million Dollar Tan smells the least like a self tanner! But my husband can still smell it on me! xx

  1. Do you buy these onliine or can I find them in town? I’m looking for a quick fix before I head out of town this weekend. Thanks!

  2. Did you mean to link the brush for applying to the face? What brush do you use? Thanks!

  3. I also wondered what brush you were referring to. I couldn’t find any link. I can NEVER get my neck to look right when I self tan.. So I usually skip it and add powder bronzer. Would be interested in trying the brush you mentioned.

  4. Ok, real talk. How do you get a good self tan on your back? Does your husband help you? I live alone and this is always my tough spot and I haven’t found a tool to help.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve been using St. Tropez for a while, and am excited to try Million Dollar Tan and see how it compares. I have a question about makeup when using sunless tanning for your face – do you alter the shade of foundation that you get because you’re using tanner on your face? If so, any recommendations for selecting a shade that will match?

    1. He Ashley!
      i don’t alter the shade. I used the tanner more as a contour around my hairline and cheekbones so it’s not my entire face.
      Hope this helps!
      xx

  6. SUCH GREAT TIPS! I have my wedding coming up in a few months and plan getting a professional (light) spray tan before the actual day. But I have lots of pre-wedding events coming up that I would like to have some color for. I will definitely be trying out the summer bundle, thanks for the insight!

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    1. I have my husband help with my back, but days when he isn’t here to help I have to wrap my arm around and try to reach as much as I can! Def not easy!

  7. What time of day do you do this routine? In the morning and then shower it off before bed? Or-if you do this before bed- does the tanner transfer onto your sheets?

    1. I do this in the morning after I shower and exfoliate. It drys all day and then I do a quick rinse off at night, so I don’t get it on my sheets.

  8. I also self tan but typically only do it once a week because I completely scrub it off before re-applying. That doesn’t seem possible if you reapply a few times a week. Do you typically reapply on the existing layers? I’ve been afraid to do this because I didn’t want it to get splotchy but I would LOVE to hear that that method works if that’s how you do it. It seems much easier than completely starting over every week 🙂

  9. Love these tips! What time of day do you do this whole routine? And if you do it before bed- do your sheets get tanner all over them?

  10. Hi Becky, I have been using the St. Tropez instant sun mouse for the past year and while I love the way it looks on my skin it rubs off into everything! Clothes, my sheets, my bedspread, my couch cushions! I usually wait at least 20 min before putting on any clothes on the days that I use it but I’m about ready to through in the towel and just be pale. Any tips? Or have you noticed this at all?

    Thanks

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