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The first sign of spring in Phoenix, Arizona is our native Palo Verde trees bursting with golden yellow blooms! Every year in March these trees glow day and night with their bright bunches of blooms against stark green trunks. They remind me every year when it’s time to transform my pale winter skin and put on my golden glow!
I am so excited this spring with the gorgeous and natural sun-kissed color I got using JERGENS® Natural Glow® products. While shopping at Walmart, I bought the Instant Sun® Sunless Tanning Mousse. I spotted JERGENS® Natural Glow® +FIRMING Daily Moisturizer so I also picked that up to maintain my golden glow and get some skin firming as an added bonus. I’ve been delighted with the results! The color I achieved looks like I’ve been gracefully tanning out by the pool. My kitty, Daisy, leaped into my lap for this photo! I think she agrees too!
I’m a veteran when it comes to sunless tanning. Guess why? It’s not just because I’m a beauty freak and terrorized of premature aging and skin cancer. About 15 years ago, I developed an allergy to the sun. How sad is that? I live in Phoenix and I can’t be in the sun without maximum protection. Now, I depend on reliable sunless tanners to create my sunshine. I’m loving the results I got with the JERGENS® Natural Glow® products! The sunless tanning mousse is ultra light and easy to spread with a fresh and mild scent. The firming glow moisturizer has the same fresh scent and feels light on the skin. I couldn’t smell any of the self tanning ingredients in these products. The scent plus the beautiful tint I got using JERGENS® Natural Glow® make these my go-to products for all sunless tanning.
The Ultimate Guide: How to Apply Self Tanner Like A Pro
I’ve created the ultimate guide for you! Now you can apply self tanners from JERGENS® Natural Glow® or any brand with perfect results. I’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to apply self tanner like a pro. And you can do it without ever going out in the sun!
Step 1: Choose Your Products
Do you want instant color? Would you prefer to build color over a few days? Do you want to maintain color? Once you answer these questions, you can select the ideal product or set of products to meet your needs. JERGENS® Natural Glow® has an incredible product line up that you can mix and match to meet your needs.
Observe the shades available and select the appropriate color for your skin tone. If you are fair to medium, opt for the Light Bronze or Fair to Medium shades. These are the shades I selected. If you are olive or have naturally darker skin, the Deep Bronze is a good choice for you.
Pro Tip: For medium skin tones, if you want a deep bronze, start with a lighter shade. It’s easier to add color than it is to remove it.
Step 2: Prepare Your Skin (Key Step)
Exfoliation is an essential step in preparing your skin for self tanners. In addition, remove thick hair from places you want to tan. Shave or wax your legs. Gentlemen? Think about your back or chest and anywhere else you have thick hair and consider removing it. Hair will disrupt the even application of self tanners so it’s got to go!
Pro tip: Do not apply self tanners within 24 hours of waxing. Your hair follicles are open and need time to close.
Pro tip: If you have had laser hair removal, consult your technician on the ideal time to wait before using self tanners.
No matter what your skin type is, it’s best to exfoliate well in the shower or tub before tanning. For a really pretty and even finish, the dead skin cells on the surface of your body need to be removed. JERGENS® Natural Glow® Color Primer In-Shower Scrub will do the trick but you can use any product you like. There’s a reason this is an important step. The active ingredients in self tanners react with the amino acids in the upper layers of your skin. Skin naturally sloughs off but if you proactively remove the dead skin cells, you will get an optimal product application and longer lasting results. Dry and rough skin absorbs tanning products more quickly so give those areas a vigorous scrubbing to ensure the product goes on even.
Pro Tip: Exfoliate for 2-3 days prior to beginning the use of your self tanner for optimal results.
Pro Tip: Natural products such as raw sugar or sea salt are great to use as exfoliators. Add some coconut oil and a few drops of your favorite essential oils for a DIY scrub.
Step 3: Moisturize Your Skin
Some sources advise to put moisturizer all over your body while others say only target your hands, feet, elbows and knees. I’ve found that applying moisturizer over my entire body produces the best results. I use the daily firming moisturizer because it has the addition of hydrolyzed collagen and hydrolyzed elastin which are proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite. I love this added bonus the firming glow moisturizer offers. Any moisturizer that is light and non-greasy will work for this step. Moisturizer helps the tanning products adhere to your skin better and achieve an even application of product.
Step 4: Apply Your Glow
It’s time to create your sunshine! For best results, use a moist sponge, tanning mitt, or latex gloves. Latex gloves are not my favorite but they work and make the clean up process easier. Using your hands is fine but wash them frequently with soap. Your palms will absorb the tanning product very quickly.
When applying your glow, work from your ankles upward. Use broad circular motions and take your time. If you are applying instant color, it’s easy to see if you missed spots. With products that build gradual color, if you miss a spot, you can catch it the next time you apply the product.
Pro Tip: Sit down on a dark towel or tarp to avoid staining light colored towels or carpets. Dark towels work wonders!
Pro Tip: Do not apply self tanner on your toes, heels, or sides of feet. (We don’t naturally tan there). On the top of your feet and ankles, go lightly with the tanning product and use a feathering motion to get a natural effect. The same feathering technique should be used to apply product to your wrists and hands.
Step 5: Let Your Glow Dry
If you can manage not putting anything on for 15 minutes that’s ideal. Your partner will love this glorious 15 minutes! If not, wear a dark robe (or at least one you don’t care about) for the next hour. Don’t get your skin wet for 4- 8 hours or engage in activity that may cause you to sweat.
Pro Tip: A cool blast from your blow dryer speeds up drying time. Standing in front of wall unit air-conditioners or fans also accelerate drying time.
Step 6: Make Adjustments If Necessary
If you notice an area such as your elbows, hands, knees, or ankles that appear too dark (I call these the touchy zones), use JERGENS® Natural Glow® Color Primer In-Shower Scrub to exfoliate the dark area and it should easily fade.
Another option to fade a dark area is to sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth and briskly rub the area you want to lighten. Lemon juice applied to the skin for 20 minutes will also lighten dark spots. In a pinch, if all else fails, apply cream hair bleach to the area for 5 minutes and rinse it off with soap and water This is a bit harsh but it works like a charm.
Step 7: Maintain Your Gorgeous Glow
Remember your new tan resides in the top layer of your skin. Your skin goes through normal cycles where it sloughs off. If your glow is starting to fade or appear cracked, exfoliate and continue to apply moisturizers.
To prolong your tan, keep your skin moisturized and use lotion daily. The JERGENS® Natural Glow® +PROTECT Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20, JERGENS® Natural Glow® +FIRMING Daily Moisturizer, and JERGENS® Natural Glow® Foaming Daily Moisturizer are all perfect options to gradually enhance your color. These products gently deposit tint with each application. When you reach the perfect shade, introduce a regular moisturizer and use a gradual glow moisturizer every few days.
I’m thrilled to share these products and tips with you on how to apply self tanner! I would love to hear about your secret tips when it comes to using these products. Which JERGENS® Natural Glow® product would you like to try?
You can find these products at Walmart in the Health and Beauty section.