Since the quarantine began in March, I’ve been a bit stir crazy being in the house so much, and I’ve been dying to get in the sunshine. So we’ve been making sure to enjoy our little inflatable pool, strolls around the neighborhood, and evenings on the back porch with Bennett. That being said, I can’t stress enough how important it is to practice safe sun especially in the summer. Because, I’m also the one slathered with SPF, giant sun hat on, sitting in the shade. The truth is, my tan is almost never an actual tan from the sun.
Sure we all LOVE the look of glowing, tan skin, but you can get one while still ensuring the prevention of premature wrinkles and sunspots. In today’s blog post, I am sharing every single SPF and tanning method/product that I’ve tried over the years, and how I get a SAFE TAN ALL YEAR LONG!
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1. SPF SPF SPF
No matter what time of year it is or what your plans are, you should always protect your skin with SPF, y’all! Sun damage can cause happen whether it’s sunny, rainy, or cloudy. I already have hyperpigmentation popping up on my face as a result of the pregnancy hormones which can cause dark pigments to rise to the surface level of your skin.
Mineral Sunscreen | I’ve talked about this brand before. I love it because it is CHEMICAL FREE. Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreens contain kakadu plum to promote collagen, eucalyptus to rejuvenate, and red algae (aka packed with proteins and vitamins). They defend against UV rays + don’t leave a greasy residue typical sunscreens have.
Everyday Face Sunscreen | EltaMD is the top one recommended to me by my dermatologist. I use the UV Clear Tinted and after polling on Instagram – I found that a LOT of people use this product and love it.
SPF for kids and babies | Australian Gold Botanical is dermatologist and pediatrician-tested and works effectively on the most sensitive skin types. They are fragrance-free and are made from mineral sunscreens, so you can feel great about what goes on your little ones’ tiny bodies.
There is nothing I love more than a good all over SCRUB to get rid of dead skin, prevent in-grown hairs and prep for a safe, sunless tan. There are a number of ways to exfoliate, and here are the ones that I love the most:
Exfoliating scrub or body polish Under $10 | I like to find ones with a natural abrasive like a salt or sugar scrub.
Dual-sided sponge Under $10 | I’m a fan of the body sponges that have one soap side and the second textured side made for exfoliating. Think of them like a pumice stone but for buffing your body instead of your feet.
Dry brush | There are a ton of benefits of using a dry brush and of course, one of them is exfoliating and increasing blood circulation. This one takes a little getting used to as it might not be the most pleasant feeling the first time.
Self-Tanner Build Up Remover Mitt | I have one of these that I use to remove splotchy old self-tanner, but it also works pretty great as a pre-tanning exfoliator too.
3. SAFE TAN IS THE BEST TAN
You guys, I’ve literally tried EVERY method of sunless tanning possible. When choosing a sunless tanner, look for brands that use green undertones in their formula to prevent any orange wrists and ankles! Here’s a review of all the different types and why I like them and when to use them.
Sunless Foam | Use anytime for a tan within hours
This is what I use the most! I reach for my sunless foam and mitt ALL the time. Because it’s tinted, it’s easier to do yourself without getting streaks. I always start at the bottom of my legs and work up in circular motions. By doing your upper body last, you lessen the risk of messing up the arms as you bend and apply to the rest of your body. Lots of formulas now are quick-develop for almost instant results.
Gradual Lotion | Use gradually for soft glow
If you regularly moisturize and are just looking for a little bit of a glow, you can opt for a lotion that includes a gradual self-tanner. This is actually the method with the least risk of messing up since the color develops over time.
Tan Towels | Most Travel-Friendly
If you want to touch-up your self-tanner while out of town, I’d suggest tan towels. They don’t take up much room, they won’t spill all inside your suitcase, and they are carry-on friendly. The one big drawback to tan towels is that you can’t “see” where the formula is going since it’s not tinted.
Tan Drops | Use Any Time You Apply Lotion
I’m a new fan of tan drops! If you haven’t tried them yet, you literally just use a dropper and add tanning serum to your normal body or face lotion, and the color develops over time. You basically decide how dark you get depending on how many drops you add. I use tan drops specifically for my face. I add to my moisturizing cream at night about once a week, and wake up with a nice glow!
Body Illuminator | Use like a Highlighter for Your Body
Body makeup is a newer product for me – and it’s literally the quickest way to get supermodel legs. This product has super fine shimmer that blurs imperfections and creates a sculpted illusion. It legit looks like you’re walking a red carpet.
Spray Booth or Hand-Held Spray | Use Before Vacation/Special Event
Spray tans are definitely the most expensive option which is why you’ll probably only want to do this right before a specific event. OR find a place that offers a monthly membership rate. I honestly love the Versa Spa booth – it’s been cheaper and better than someone doing it with the spray gun!
Have you tried any of these safe tan methods?
This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Australian Gold. As always, all product recommendations, styling, and text are all mine.
Photos by Lainey Reed