For anyone who has ever been graced by my presence knows that I am the color of paper. I really don’t mind being pale until formal season and spring break rolls around. Personally, I feel 100% more confident with a little tan when I know I’m going to be photographed. However, getting a tan in a safe way that doesn’t break the bank can be a real challenge.

I just want to take a second to say please wear sunscreen this upcoming spring break if you’ll be outside a lot! Especially if you have a pale complexion. Protecting your skin and health should always be a priority. I know this is something that is repeated very often but it is so important. Also, please skip the tanning bed. Tanning beds are even more damaging to your skin. I just want to say I slather on sunscreen every time I head to the beach or sporting events. SPF 30 or above is the best to buy. It truly doesn’t matter what brand you purchase. SPF 30 is SPF 30 whether you buy store brand or Sun Bum.

But I digress. My fake tanning “routine” (I do this maybe a few times during spring/summer season) is super easy and price effective. First off, you do not need expensive products to get a nice tan that lasts a couple of days. I use Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun in Deep Bronze, which you can purchase at the drugstore for $11.99. The Deep Bronze just has a deeper tan color that lasts longer. It doesn’t turn orange or look too dark. Do not let the name fool you! To put on the product I use latex gloves. However, you can use your bare hands, just be extra careful with application and wash off your palms when you’re done so they don’t turn orange and blotchy. I highly recommend buying a tanning mitt though. They are the best way to get a streak-free tan. They are also reusable, so no waste, and Ulta has some between $5.99-$10.00.

After you get your products you are ready to start tanning safely! I always start by taking a shower and exfoliating. I use a sugar scrub from Bath and Body Works, but any exfoliator you have will work. If you have dry skin it is recommended that you put on lotion wherever you have dry patches when you get out of the shower. I personally do not apply lotion because I hate  the feeling of lotion but to each their own. Once you are dry after showering, start applying the sunless tanner. Apply the product in a circular motion and work in small areas. I start with the arms and work down ending with my feet. After you are done applying, put on dark, baggy clothing and wait 6-8 hours for your tan to develop then rinse it off. To prolong the glow longer I suggest using a gradual tanner on top throughout the week. I like Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. They come in different shades, just get whichever one floats your boat. If you are looking to splurge on a more expensive option, St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Lotion in Medium/Dark for $25.00 leaves a beautiful glow. I get my desired color in about 2-3 days with this.

And folks that is my routine! If you have any questions or comments let me know!

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