When I was in high school, I went through a serious tanning obsession. I hate to admit it because I would NEVER now, but I loved going to tanning beds and laying out everyday…sometimes even with oil on. To be fair, I always wore sunscreen, thanks to my mom telling me I’ll thank her later. It’s true…I do thank her now and I obsessively put sunscreen on every single day and don’t lay out in the sun. Just because I don’t lay out in the sun and avoid it at all costs, doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a nice tan.
Looking Tan Without Actually Being Tan
This may sound dumb but I truly feel more confident, thinner, sexier and so happy when I’m tan. Not saying I’m not able to feel this way when I’m not tan, but there is an extra confidence boost that comes from bronzed glowing skin. Maybe it’s that it makes me feel like I’ve been in the sun on a tropical vacation and it’s a placebo effect but whatever it is, it works for me! So, how do I achieve this look? It wasn’t easy. I went through many dreaded orange skin tones with streaks through my body that led to hours of painfully scrubbing an artificial tan off of my skin.
The Best Natural Artificial Tanners
Through lots of trial and error, I have found what works and what doesn’t and that everyone’s skin tone is different and pulls different colors. My skin naturally has a more olive base and I notice I can easily pull orange. What I do to balance that is either use tanners that naturally match your skin tone or use tanners with a red tone to it. My favorite places to go for an artificial tan and my favorite products to use are below.
This is a tanning salon located in Beverly Hills, California. While it is by far the priciest of tanning salons that I have ever been it, it is definitely the best. The customize the tanned color just for you and take so much time airbrushing you to perfection. My tan can last up to two weeks here and looks perfect. This is not a tan you can do everyday though because it is so expensive.
Sugar + Bronzed has a few locations throughout Los Angeles, California. They are (I think) $40 per tan and their color adjusts to each persons skin tone naturally. It is so crazy and I didn’t believe it would work at first but it actually does. This place isn’t as detail oriented which is why it is my second favorite airbrush tanning salon but it is really good and especially good for the price.
These $50 drops will be your best friend. I first saw these drops tested on Kat Collings from Who What Wear and while I was skeptical when she first applied them to her face, I was a believer after I saw the results she recorded the next morning. You won’t be 10 shades darker by any means (if that’s even what you are trying to achieve) but you will have a nice healthy glow to your face and be probably one natural shade darker.
Jergens was actually the very first at home tanner I ever tried. I loved how natural it was and how it develops slowly over time.
I actually haven’t tried this specific product yet but it has such great reviews that I had to include it. I recently tried Supergoop’s unseen sunscreen and it is truly amazing so I can’t imagine this product would be anything less than that.
What are your guys thoughts on self tanners? Are you into them or not your thing? If yes, which ones are your favorites? I’m going to continue trying new at home ones so that I don’t have to go to a salon ever and can let you know which other ones I love!