Tips for the Best Self-Tan Application

Tips for self-tan applicationAs a self-proclaimed sunscreen junkie, I have become a huge advocate for self-tanning products. My skin rarely sees sunlight without being slathered in sun protection that is SPF 50+ and as a result my skin literally glows in the dark. As we are now well into summer, I want to be sure to protect my skin from those harmful rays, but still maintain a beautiful summer glow. To achieve this I have been turning to sunless tanning products for a few years now. Through this time I have gone through my own trial and error process of figuring out the best application and maintenance for applying self-tanning products. Here are some of my tips and tricks to help you achieve a beautiful golden glow.

1. Preparation

Preparing your skin for self-tan is so important. This will increase the length of time that your tan lasts and will make the application much easier. You want to ensure you shave prior to tanning. Shaving can exfoliate the skin and as a result, remove your tan.

You also want to exfoliate. Self tanning products will adhere to dry skin patches, which can leave an uneven tan. Be sure to exfoliate your skin really well with a loofa or body scrub to remove any dry skin patches.

After exfoliating, moisturize any dry areas of skin. Areas such as your elbows, ankles, feet and knees usually tend to be the driest. When using a moisturizer, make sure it is an oil free product. Moisturizers that contain oil can leave a residue on the skin and can impact how your self-tanning product develops on the skin.

2. Application

Now that you have prepped your skin, it is time to apply! From my experience, the best way to apply self-tanning products is with a foam mitt applicator. It has always provided the most even application and prevents you from getting over tanned hands.

When it comes to applying tan to the face, or those dry areas like your elbows knees and feet, I always use the leftover product on the applicator mitt. This will make sure you don’t over apply in these areas and have any discolouration.

3. Maintenance 

Now that you have your beautiful tan you want to ensure you can hold onto its beauty for as long as possible. Make sure you are using a gentle skin cleanser on the face and body. Avoid using ingredients that are exfoliating such as glycolic or salicylic acid because they will rid of your tan faster.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Moisturizing will help to keep your tan lasting longer, and will allow it to fade more gracefully. It will make sure your tan doesn’t cling to any dry patches and that it stays evenly coloured on your skin.

Do you have any tried and true tips for keeping your tan looking great? Let me know!

Happy Self-Tanning,

Kaitlyn xo

Beauty Products: When to Spend or Save?


Being a self proclaimed beauty addict can be expensive… very, very expensive! Over the last year or two I have started to be more conscious of what I am spending on beauty products and services. When I can, I try to use cheaper alternatives, like an at home or DIY version to save some cash.

Manicure: SAVE –  With drugstore brands coming out with so many gel polishes that don’t require a UV light to cure the polish I have become obsessed with at home manicures. With an at home gel manicure I can get close to seven days out of an at home manicure, which is pretty good in my books. My favourite at home gel polish is from Revlon. Another tip I heard from a friend if you want to save when getting a manicure at the salon is to ask for just the polish. This will save you some money because it cuts out the whole massage and prep part of the manicure. If I am being totally honest, I don’t even enjoy the massage part of a manicure.

Skincare: SPEND –  Your skin is the largest organ on your body and you don’t get any second chances. With that being said, I am 100% hands down willing to invest in products for my skin. One tip I do have, for when you are paying a higher price tag for skincare products, is to be sure to look into the return policies. I know Shoppers Drug Mart, in particular, is willing to return a lot of higher priced skincare products even after they have been used. This is a great policy because you have a chance to try out the products and see if they work for you. If it isn’t the right match, you can bring it back.

Artificial Tan: SAVE – As a permanently pale skinned girl with no hope of ever getting that golden glow from the sun I am all for team self-tan. I have gone the professional spray tan route and the at home version and my verdict is to save and self-tan at home. There are so many good options for tanning at home that provide the same results as the salon. Plus, one bottle of self-tan to apply at home, which can be used for numerous applications, can run close to the cost of one application from a professional. My favourite at home tanning products come from St. Tropez Tan, which can be purchased at your local Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart.

Hair Colour: SPEND – Hair colour is one thing I haven’t ever tried to save on and don’t think I ever will. I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly outcomes from boxed dyes working in a beauty retail outlet. That experience in itself has been enough to turn me off of trying to save a few dollars. I’m leaving my hair colouring needs up to the experts. If you are looking to save on the cost of hair colour from a professional check out Groupon. I have heard of a lot of people who have been able to purchase Groupons, which has helped them save when getting a cut or colour from the salon.

Hair Care Products: SAVE – I am a huge fan of saving when it comes to hair care products. I can often find really good products at the drugstore, or can find great discounts on salon branded products at discount retailers like Winners. Since discovering a number of great higher end products at Winners, I can no longer justify paying full price for salon products. The amount of money you can save this way is amazing!

What do you like to spend or save on? Let me know in a comment below!

Kaitlyn xo



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