It's that time of year ladies where the melanin challenged like myself need to get our fake tan on. Now, I have tried spray tanning, and it just wasn't for me. For the money & time, I have found that I like my tan out of a bottle. Last year I tried a few tanning lotions that were ok but I eather did not like the smell or the color. Let's face it, if you are running around looking orange or smelling like a hot mess, your ass might as well stay white! I happened to see Heidi Klum talking about how she uses Victoria Secret's Bare Bronze, and I thought if it's good enough for her then it's good enough for me, so I ran out and bought a tube...because I believe everything that Goddess says(: The color is great, and it leaves a bronzy shimmer on your skin when it dries. I also like the fact that you can either layer it if you're in desperate need of a tan, you can do it once a week, or every other day for a a good consistant tan. The smell is suttle enough that it didn't bother me, and I'm big on smells. The price point is $18.00 for a 5 FL OZ bottle, which is middle of the line.
For those of you that are rookies to the fake tan world, here are a few tricks to make your tan look good and last. #1 You have GOT to exfoliate in the shower or bath to remove any dry skin. When your skin is dry, the tan sticks to that dry skin - that's why people look splotchity and a mess. In the photo, you will notice a small textured cloth. My mom turned me onto this wonderful little wash cloth from The Bath Source...it's called the Clean Wave Cloth, and you can get it at Walmart. The reason I love this cloth is because it gives you an even and smooth exfoliation, and also it's cheep and easy to travel with. #2 When you get out of the bath or shower, blot your skin dry, while your skin is still a bit damp put a little lotion on your knees, elbows, hands, and feet...rubbing it in well. #3 Now get your tan on...don't just slap it on, but take your time and work the tan lotion in, evenly all over. #4 Give it some time to dry before you throw your clothes on and BAM!! - you're fierce, fabulous, and tan. #5 Wash your hands really well, or they will be darker than the rest of your body. #6 Oh, also use a mild soap the next time you are in the bath or shower...it also helps the tan last a little longer. Personally, I like to use a mild Dove soap or Aveno.
Happy Fake Tanning Ladies,