Ranking my 4 favorite faux-tanning products!


It's no secret that I have super pale skin, I'm a natural redhead, ( a ginger, if you will)  so that's kind of expected with my genetics. I've tried just about everything to achieve that perfect, golden, sun-kissed, natural-looking tan without actually tanning.  I've stayed far away from tanning beds over the years.  I've really only used a tanning bed a handful of times just to see what the hype was about and I actually never liked the way my face looked after, dry and covered in freckles! Don't get me wrong, freckles are adorable and I love mine, however, freckles represent skin damage and eventually lead to wrinkles.  

Thankfully, people are starting to become more educated about the effects of tanning on your skin & the possible risk of skin cancer that arrises whenever you choose to tan in a bed, not to mention the leathery skin, premature aging, decreased immunity and loss of collagen (aka WRINKLES).  My mom made sure I was educated at an early age about the risks of tanning and not wearing sunscreen.  With all that said, I have spent many years and too much money on trying to find the perfect tan without exposing myself to harmful UV rays. I used to spend about $50 a week getting spray tans, only for them to (most of the time) end up too orange, too dark for my skin tone or too expensive.  I decided to start using at-home tanning products unless I have an event that I need a really good spray tan for, so I've had my fair share of trial & errors when it comes to trying tanning products. Below, I have compiled a list of my top 4 favorite faux-tanning products for those of you wanting a natural-looking glow without all the negative health-related factors associated with tanning. 


   This is seriously my favorite self-tanner of all time! I got this one day when I needed a quick tan and within about 2 hours of application, my skin was noticeably tan & glowing! My faux tan lasted about 7 days without coming off in some places!    Tips:   -    apply  evenly  and don't overdo it ( a little goes a long way ) -    wash your hands   immediately   after use -    don't apply every single day ( even if you want to ),  it will come off                    splotchy and uneven if you over-apply!  -    keep skin moisturized with a non-tinted lotion all week -    when it starts to come off, it can look a little splotchy, so use a                         washcloth or a loofa to exfoliate for gentle removal -    shave your legs before applying for even coverage

 

This is seriously my favorite self-tanner of all time! I got this one day when I needed a quick tan and within about 2 hours of application, my skin was noticeably tan & glowing! My faux tan lasted about 7 days without coming off in some places! 

 Tips:  
-    apply evenly and don't overdo it (a little goes a long way)
-    wash your hands immediately after use
-    don't apply every single day (even if you want to),  it will come off                    splotchy and uneven if you over-apply! 
-    keep skin moisturized with a non-tinted lotion all week
-    when it starts to come off, it can look a little splotchy, so use a                         washcloth or a loofa to exfoliate for gentle removal
-    shave your legs before applying for even coverage

 
I'm a firm believer in this product.  It's probably the closest comparison to a professional spray tan that I have found! You can buy this at Sally Beauty for about $13 and the refills are only about $8!! I used this before my trip to Cali, and it gave me the most natural-looking spray tan and for over HALF the price of a professional tan! Not to mention, my tan lasted the entire vacation!! I highly recommend this if you want a quick and easy professional-looking tan!    Tips:   -    shave & exfoliate before use for the most even                            coverage -    shake the can before spraying -    let it dry completely before doing anything!  -    have a friend help spray your back for the most even                  coverage! -    don't over-use -    get a beauty-blender type of sponge to blend uneven areas      before the tan dries

I'm a firm believer in this product.  It's probably the closest comparison to a professional spray tan that I have found! You can buy this at Sally Beauty for about $13 and the refills are only about $8!! I used this before my trip to Cali, and it gave me the most natural-looking spray tan and for over HALF the price of a professional tan! Not to mention, my tan lasted the entire vacation!! I highly recommend this if you want a quick and easy professional-looking tan!  

Tips:  
-    shave & exfoliate before use for the most even                            coverage
-    shake the can before spraying
-    let it dry completely before doing anything! 
-    have a friend help spray your back for the most even                  coverage!
-    don't over-use
-    get a beauty-blender type of sponge to blend uneven areas      before the tan dries

 
This was my go-to tanning product in high school when I couldn't afford weekly spray tans. It takes a couple days of application to see noticeable results, but it creates an even, natural looking tan and doesn't look orange!! It's less than $10 and you can find it at any major drugstore.   Tips:  -   exfoliate/ shave before first application  -   wash hands afterwards  -   instead of applying to your face, buy the  Jergens face tanning lotion

This was my go-to tanning product in high school when I couldn't afford weekly spray tans. It takes a couple days of application to see noticeable results, but it creates an even, natural looking tan and doesn't look orange!! It's less than $10 and you can find it at any major drugstore. 

Tips: 
-   exfoliate/ shave before first application
-   wash hands afterwards
-   instead of applying to your face, buy the Jergens face tanning lotion

 
This is such a moisturizing lotion, and the tan it creates is extremely natural looking and subtle, but still gives you a noticeable glow! If you hate fake tanning, this is the lotion for you! It doesn't smell like tanning lotion and applies evenly with barely any streaks. An 18oz bottle of this is legitimately only $5!!   Tips:  -   wash hands after use

This is such a moisturizing lotion, and the tan it creates is extremely natural looking and subtle, but still gives you a noticeable glow! If you hate fake tanning, this is the lotion for you! It doesn't smell like tanning lotion and applies evenly with barely any streaks. An 18oz bottle of this is legitimately only $5!! 

Tips: 
-   wash hands after use