Have you tried self-tanner before?

I mean, I did once and it was a terrible failure (You remember the marble cake? Awww c’mon, don’t make fun!). I haven’t even come close to trying it again…

The problem: I’m a slow tanner. I mean, my skin is pretty white and I have my maxi-sun paranoia, always looking for the shade and spraying myself in SPF 50 (and spraying everybody around me as well. Like “Protect yourself!!! Sun is not good for you!”). I usually get myself about one shade darker by the end of August and it all disappears as soon as the first September clouds come overhead.

That’s why I thought it would be too bad to dwell on my horrible marble cake experience. And that we could even go ask somebody that would know what they’re talking about, a pro. So here it is! Here is all the real advice to get deliciously tanned. Check it out!

Find the right shade. Pick a lighter color to start and do a patch test before so you can see how the color will develop on your skin. It’s a good way to avoid looking like a pumpkin on say, your wedding day.

Exfoliate your skin. This is the most important step, as it helps to absorb your product better. Use a salt or sugar scrub without any oils or creams in it. Some areas tend to absorb more product, like your hands, feet, elbows and knees. On these areas, apply a thin layer of cream before starting, this will act as a barrier and keep those areas from getting too dark.

Apply two to three days before an event. This will give the tan a few days to fade (you are the tannest after the first day) and will give you time to do any touch ups.

Apply at night. This will limit your chances of failure. If you apply during the day, keep in mind that you can’t work out, you can’t wash your hands or your face and even getting caught in the rain will result in less than perfect results. Do it at night and in the morning you’ll be able to shower.

Wear gloves. This will protect your hands in the process. Apply tanner to your hands last.

Buff it. When using a liquid or spray tanner, use a sponge brush (you can get this at your local hardware store) to buff in the color.

Dark spots? Lemon wedges, whitening toothpaste and baking soda can all work to desaturate these areas.

Streaks? Avoid this by using a product with a guide dye, this way you can see exactly where you’ve put your tanner and can make any corrections right away.

Tonight, I’m gonna give it a shot. I have some L’Oréal Sublime Bronze and we’ll see what happens. Maybe you have other products you love? Any advice to add?

PS: Thank you to Laura Ann from Bliss Spa for her awesome tips. If you have any other questions (I think I probably will after tonight), she said she’d try to respond to them! Big hugs!