Monday, April 14, 2014

Tis The Season To Be Tanner ☀


Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. This is the season us ladies tend to hit to hit the tanning beds most frequent in preparation for summer. Tanning Beds have got a lot of flack over the years and for good reason! We all are aware of the dangers of UV rays & skin cancer & blah blah blah.. So we'll just skip all that lecturing shit and jump right into what this post is really about. So, if you are looking for an alternative solution to the tanning bed, look no further. This is a rather long post so you might as well get a snack and a six pack.




Below is a side by side comparison of the 6 products I believe are totally 100% worth trying. Every person has different needs and preferences so I tried to address the main key components with rating explanations to follow.


Rating Explanations
Million Dollar Tan- Tan Icon Extreme
Rating: 8.5
If you're in with the beauty blogging/vlogging world, you are probably aware this is the MOST endorsed self tanning product amongst the lovliest guru's. I love this product for the tan guard, it's spray formula, ease of use, and flawless finish. The brush allows better & more controlled blending than a glove (especially around the hands, elbows, and knees). With that said, for it being an "Extreme" tan,
it's really not that extreme. I also noticed after a few days, my inner arm/elbow (part where it bends lol) begins fading the quickest and gets splotchy. Otherwise, I do really love everything else about this product. It's a nice tanner to use during the winter months when you aren't aiming for an absolute 100% full on bronze.

Formula Variations: Lotion & Mousse (Lotion does not have tan guard)

Million Dollar Tan- Cabana Tan Face
Rating: 10.0
When it comes to self tanners, I strongly believe for the best, streak less results, a tan guard is a MUST. This product is the exception.. and maybe it is because you can see the entire surface of your face versus the rest of your body so you can blend it better? Whatever it is, this tans my face so amazingly natural and flawless... not to mention the smell will literally drag you away into paradise. I cannot find one bad thing to say about this product, and in fact, I have become so obsessed with it I have ZERO desire to try any other face tanners. This is the STANDARD product for the face.. not the Extreme. I have fair/medium skin and it tans my face to perfection.

** Take caution if you have sensitive skin.

Buy HERE


St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse- DARK
Rating: 9.0
So when it comes to St. Tropez versus MDT, I gave this one half a point more because of the color payoff. The color result you get from standard variation is almost identical to the color result of MDT Tan Icon Extreme. The Dark variation is even better. This truly outshines MDT in their extreme version. Don't be alarmed by the dark olive color it presents. The olive color fades as the color develops. The final color is so natural with not even a slight hint of orange. However, I still expect a little more for a said "dark" bronzer.

P.S.-- This becomes the least blotchy of all the self tanners listed in this post.

Formula Variations: Oil, Lotion, Spray
** Also have products for sensitive skin, as well as a gradual tanner

Buy HERE




L'Oreal Sublime Deep Natural Tan
Rating: 8
Straight up, this is a true dark tan.. and almost instantly. It develops quick. It is cheap, easy to obtain, and perfect if you're on a budget. A little bit goes a long way too. The only thing that bothers me is the shimmer that comes with it.. If I apply at night, a lot of the shimmer seems to be gone by
morning (thank you sheets). This DOES rub off on clothes slightly too. It claims it does not, but it does (Don't worry, it washes out). The smell is also a little too "sunscreeny" for my liking, but I am also a weirdo about smells. All & all this honestly is a great tanner for the price and availability... plus it gets ya darker than both St. Tropez & MDT.

Formula Varieties: Mousse, Wipes, Spray, Airbrush, Lotion
 (different)

Available at any drug store.


Sephora Tinted Body Mist
Ratimg 7.5
Comparing this amongst the others really is not fair. As it is a "tinted mist" this is not typically meant for an all over color. I mean, I guess you can use it for that, but I personally don't think you will be impressed. I do think though it is the perfect product for touch ups or when you are running out the door. We've all been there.. put a little swanky top on to find your chest & arms are pasty as shit. That is when this product comes into play. Just spray and blend into desired areas and boom. Instant tan. Instant. (I apply 2 coats). I only gave it a 7.5 as a direct comparison to the others as an all over tanner.

** Also available: Bronzing Oil
Buy HERE



Vita Liberata Rapid Tan
Rating 9.5
Okay, let me just say the ONLY reason this did not get a perfect 10 is because of the price.. $43.00 for a 3.38 oz bottle.. really?? Ain't no one got money for that! Now, that being said, this self tanner is above and beyond the rest (justifying the price tag). You INSTANTLY see results. Full color development comes after 3-5 hours, but your skin as already tinted immediately after application. The longer you leave the product on, the darker it gets (5hours is max color). I also think compared to the others, this one gives the most "brown" color. This just has an amazing formula. I love it so so so much!! This is the first Vita Liberata product I have tried thus far, but am very ecstatic about trying more!

Buy HERE


Self Tanner Crash Course

Application: One important thing to remember here is the best time to apply is before bed. Always. Any self tanner needs time to develop, and therefore, should not be touched until then. Washing your hands within the developing time frame will mess up your tan. After application and about an 8hr time period, rinse tanner off (you will see excess go down the drain, don't be alarmed.. this is normal). Dry your tanned little bod off and you are good to go!

Tan Guards: If you have ever used a self tanner, you know some come in white lotions or are transparent when applied. And then there are others that are just straight up brown-- that's the tan guard. It allows you to see exactly where you are applying (my preferred method) to prevent streaks or missed areas.

Safety: My best friend recently complained to me about how pale she was, but did not want to use the tanning bed anymore. I suggested a self tanner to her and she replied back that "self tanners are harmful to your skin.. blah blah blah," so here's the truth:

The main ingredient in self tanners is DHA (dihydroxyacetone), a propertty derived directly from the sugar cane plant. When applied, DHA reacts with dead skin cells and leaves a temporary color. DHA is 100% approved by the FDA, and there is no evidence to support it is harmful, even for you prego ladies! However, it can enhance the reaction of UV rays, so always wear sunscreen when being exposed to the sun for a long period of time... especially when using self tanners. The bottom line: DHA is not a harmful chemical, it's a complex form of sugar.

Fading: Additionally, you should know this up front: If you are looking for a self tanner that is not going to become "blotchy" or "patchy" after a few days, you're rarely ever going to find one. That's just an overall con about self tanners that is inevitable. You shed millions of skin cells daily so when your tanner starts becoming "blotchy", it's not the tanner itself, it's your dead skin cells wearing away.Your activeness will determine  how quick, and where you will start to find patchy spots. For me, I find them first on my arms (the inside part of the elbow hinge <<< is that right lol?) because of how frequently I move them. Sweat can also knock some time off your self tanner. As you sweat, it brings the tanner to the surface. So if you work out every day as I do, it will fade sooner. With that said, although a tanner last X amount of days, I tend to apply more frequently to prevent patchiness before it occurs. Ex: Million Dollar Tan lasts 5-7 days so I apply every 4 days.

Exfoliating: Although DHA reacts with dead skin, you want your epidermis (outer layer) to be even and free of impurities. Exfoliating before any tanning in general is very important to ensure an even tan. Exfoliating prior will help make your tan last longer too.

Removal: If you have ever used a self tanner, you know trying to remove it is a pain in a donkey's arse.. especially if you have neglected your tan and are starting to look like you have a skin disease from the splotchy areas. We've all been there, right?! Fortunately, I know of a few methods to help. The first I stumbled upon by complete accident when I was testing eye shadow swatches on my arm. I took a makeup remover wipe and started wiping the swatches off (not gentle, but not too forceful either, just enough pressure) and noticed my tanner began lifting off my skin as well. I was about to shower and exfoliate all my tanner off anyway so I just kept going until the wipe became dry. I mean, this didn't completely remove it, and I wouldn't recommend this method entirely on its own, but it made my exfoliating process so much easier and more effective. It's like it had already done half the work and lifted most of it to the surface. So ever since, I do a quick rub down with makeup remover wipes before the 2 methods below.

The next method is by creating a lemon & baking soda paste. Both contain agents that will help lift the tanner to the surface and remove dead skin cells. The final method is just by straight up exfoliating. My go to exfoliater is by St. Ives (or you can create your own HERE), applying vigorously until most of the tanner is gone. You will never be able to fully remove it, but I repeat until it's pretty darn close. Using an exfoliating glove or loofa will enhance the efficiency in both these methods.



Are you all tanned out not?? Ready.. set.. get tan!!

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favorite self tanners?

xoxo.

10 comments:

  1. What a brilliant guide! I use a mousse tanner on a day to day basis. St moriz is an amazing dupe of st tropez and its so much cheaper! xxxx

    Laura | Tease Flutter Pout

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I will have to check it out :)

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  2. Lovely blog sweet! I was just passing through and wanted to say hello! New follower over here xx

    www.poptartsbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I definitely needed this post! i really want to buy a self tanner, but didn't know where to start! thanks! :) And i love your blog! and can't wait to read more! I also followed you on GFC!

    Also I'm new to blogging and i'm trying to meet some fellow bloggers so I'd love if you had some time if you could check out my blog and let me know what you think! it'd be greatly appreciated!

    thanks so much xoxo Randa
    http://pandaraige.blogspot.com/

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  4. Great post!! thank you so much for your visit!!! I follow you too!!!
    Have a good week!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  6. great post!!

    Would you like to follow each other on GFC, bloglovin? It would be great, just let me know :)

    Kisses,
    Maria
    http://retrostreetstation.blogspot.de/

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  7. i'm using karora--just like st tropez. and i'm going to use st tropez the dark one, but i have it in the lotion, but think i want the mousse!

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  8. Lovely post and blog! :)

    Do you want to follow each other? :)
    FantasyFashioned
    xoxo ♥

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