My Self Tanning Routine

My Self Tanning Routine

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well! I can’t believe its August already, where did July go!? I came back from my holiday in Menorca a few days ago and am already wishing I was back in the glorious sunshine unlike the typical British weather I was greeted to! Coming back from my holiday has thrown me off my usual routine, I feel as though I haven’t sat down and written a post in what seems like forever even though I was only gone a week! While I was away on my holls I managed to catch a slight natural tan but nothing that noticeable unfortunately so this year I thought I would brave it and try out a self/fake tan in the hope of looking a bit less pale this Summer. I’d heard great things about the Garnier Summer Body Lotion so I decided to go for this one and picked one up in the hope of achieving a ‘naturally sun kissed look.’ I must say I have been impressed with the results so far and thought I would share with you all the ins and outs of my self tanning routine that I have been doing recently and everything you need to know on how to achieve a natural looking tan without having to jet of to a place in the sun!

The Tan I Use:

To start off, Garnier have two choices of shades ‘Light’ which is for lighter skin tones and ‘Deep’ for deeper skin tones. Me being the person I am didn’t realise they came in shades and picked up any which ended up being the ‘deep’ one when I clearly have pale skin. Anyway, after researching it and reading other reviews the message I was getting was that the deep one is fine to use even though it is designed for darker skin tones as the ‘light’ one takes longer to build a tan and isn’t that noticeable. I haven’t tried the light one so I can’t say if I agree but I would recommend the ‘deep’ one over the ‘light’ one even if you have a lighter skin tone as I found it worked fine for me and is probably better as it pretty much developed overnight instead of having to wait a few days to build a tan. There are loads of different selfΒ tans out there which you could use but I purely went for this one as I waned to go for something more natural as I wasn’t familiar with the whole tanning lark. This one is also a moisturiser so as I have dry skin, it moisturises my skin at the same time as adding a gradual tan which is fab. I like to use it after I get out of the shower to moisturise with or just before I go to bed to develop overnight. This tan also doesn’t make tan marks on your bedding either which is a life saver!!

How I Self Tan:

  1. I always like to start with exfoliating my body in the shower before hand as you don’t want any dry skin making your tan go patchy or uneven. (which I experienced the first time using the Garnier tan when I didn’t exfoliate…whoops)
  2. Before I put on the tan, even though this one is a moisturiser, I like to moisturise my skin before I apply the tan to make sure that my skin is nice and moisturised as I have dry skin. Sometimes fake tans can make your skin quite dry so I would definitely recommend moisturising before hand. This also helps the tan go on more smoothly and evenly.
  3. I then apply the self tanning product using a mit. Make sure you remember where you have already put the tan though if it isn’t tinted like the Garnier one as you can’t see where you have put the tan which is a bit of a downfall. If you are using a tinted one, I would recommend standing in front of a mirror so you can see anywhere you have missed!
  4. I then let it dry for about 5 minutes before I put on any clothes as if I don’t it always feels sticky and like it is transferring on my clothes.
  5. Although a mit helps to blend everything out, I sometimes like to take a clean fluffy sock (yes I’m serious, it works trust me) and buff it into my skin to really make sure everything is blended. If you don’t own a tanning mit, a fluffy sock could be another alternative! I would definitely recommend doing this on your hands and feet as they are usually the places that give it away you have used fake tan.
  6. For my face, the tan I use can’t be used for your face but with the Garnier one, I have found that because it gives a natural look there isn’t an obvious colour difference in my face and neck. If there is, I would suggest getting a separate tan that is specifically for your face which is also better for your skin.

And voila, that’s it! Thank you so much for reading as always and I hope this post was helpful to some of you! I am by no means a tanning expert and it has only been until recently that I now know what I’m doing but if you have any questions about anything mentioned in this post or about self tanning in general, make sure to let me know in the comments and I will do my best to answer them for ya! Also, let me know if you have any other favourite tanning products!

Much Love, Amelia xxΒ 

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  1. Sheema
    August 7, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Oooh I gotta try this! 😍

    • August 9, 2017 / 5:41 pm

      I love it!! I’d definitely recommend giving it a try! Thanks for reading as always Hun xx πŸ™‚

  2. August 4, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    I love the smell of this , it’s gorgeous and gives a lovely colour. πŸ’œ

    • August 6, 2017 / 11:54 am

      Yes, its lovely isn’t it! It just gives you a nice natural looking tan and it doesn’t have that typical fake tan smell! Thanks for reading Hun xx πŸ™‚

  3. August 3, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    Would love to try that out! Seems so much easier than using super pigmented self tanners, or catching one in the sun haha, great post as always x

    • August 4, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      Thank you so much Alice! Yes, it’s such a great alternative if you don’t want anything too in your face. It just builds a nice natural tan over time after every use. I love it!! I’d definitely recommend giving it a try! Yes, definitely haha! πŸ’—

  4. August 3, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    I have this too! I love it so much, I have the lighter one and it works really well for me- can’t believe you picked up the dark one haha! Thank god it worked just as well though! I also use the Dove gradual tan and it’s so amazing too, I usually opt for that one as it doesn’t smell as ‘fake tanny’ as the Gariner one, so I recommend you try that one if you like this one! Lovely post as always! xx

    • August 6, 2017 / 12:00 pm

      Yaayy that’s great, it’s lovely isn’t it! I’ve been really enjoying using it recently! Ooh that’s fab, oh I know haha-typical! I’m so glad it works for you, I would have picked up the lighter one if I’d known but yes the darker one is thankfully fine. When I next repurchase I will think about getting the lighter one though which is actually the right shade lol! Ah yes, I was actually in two minds whether to get the Garnier one or the Dove one! Thanks for letting me know, will definitely be trying that! Yes, I will! Thank you Tash! xx πŸ™‚

  5. August 3, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    The tanning moisturiser looks amazing! Loved the post x

    • August 4, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      Aww thank you Hun, I would definitely recommend giving it a try! I’ve been loving using it recently πŸ’—πŸ’—

  6. August 3, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    I love this gradual tanning moisturiser! I use it all the time, and it gives off a really natural glow. Lovely post as always!xx

    • August 4, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      Thank you so much Tilly! Yes, it’s lovely isn’t it! I’ve been really enjoying using it recently πŸ’—πŸ’—

  7. G
    August 3, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Great post ❀️ Xx

  8. G
    August 3, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    This product looks amazing

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