Good morning everyone! Today on Makeup Monday, I wanted to share How I Prepare For A Sunless Tan. I'll be doing a 3 part series on sunless tanning. This first part will show you how I prep my skin for a fake tan, the second part will show you how I do the application, and the third part will show you how I maintain and take care of my tan.
The first thing I do is exfoliate my skin in the shower. My favorite body scrub is the Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Body Polish. It's gritty enough to remove dead skin, but isn't abrasive so my skin never feels irritated afterwords. Using your hands works just fine, but I find I get better results when I use Exfoliating Gloves with the body polish.
The next step I will do is moisturize my body. You have to make sure not to use anything sugar or oil based as it can fuss with the tan. My go to is the Xen Tan Scent Secure. It's designed to use one hour after sunless tanning to block out self tanning odor, but I prefer to use it a few hours before fake tanning. I find it makes my applications go on smoother because my chest and legs are usually dry. This is an optional step, and I don't always do this, but I do notice a difference when I do.
After waiting a few hours after a shower, and I am ready to start the fake tan process, I'll prep my drier skin again. This is a newer product to me, I've only used it twice, but I'm liking the results. It's the Kardashian Sun Kissed Color Maximizer. This prepares the skin even more for a sunless tan. It contains vitamins that allow the fake tan to "latch" on better. You do have to wait about 1 minute for it to dry (this one is a gel) and soak in. A major plus of this product is that I love the way it smells...juicy & tropical. It's not a must have in my routine, but I like it so far.
How do you prepare for your sunless tan? Stay tuned for Part 2 next Monday!