Want a glowing, natural-looking tan but would rather skip all the risks that come along with bathing in the sun? Look no further than this handy list of tips for achieving a beautiful tan via at-home fake and baking. At Nouráge, we’re all about skin health and avoiding harmful methods of getting your glow on. Keep your skin young, vibrant, and luminous with vitamin-infused Nouráge supplements and follow these DIY bronzing steps that will leave skin looking hot (no sun rays required!).
Top 5 Best (Healthy) Self Tanners
1. Tarte’s Braziliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner with Mitt
This best-selling solution is infused with vitamins C and E for a skin-nourishing, natural route when it comes to creating a beautiful tan. It also comes with a mitt that helps deliver streakless, buildable color. This vegan product was also featured on our Good For You Spring Break Essentials post and is definitely a fan favorite.
2. Sun Labs Ultra Dark Self Tanning Lotion
This brand created the first professional self-tanning product and continues to produce innovative formulas that are healthy, not harmful. Try the best-selling Overnight Self Tanning Lotion and have your own “I Woke Up Like This” moment.
3. EcoTan Cacao Firming Mousse
Eco-friendly, cacao, firming, and mousse. These keywords speak for themselves and we’re totally on board with this synthetic and fragrance free miracle in a can. Made with Certified Organic coffee, blood orange, ginger, and mandarin, this product helps reduce cellulite while darkening the skin the au natural way.
4. Face Tan Towel
Throw these portable tanning towelettes in your purse, car, or desk drawer and have an instant insta-worthy tan wherever you go! This easy application method is meant for both the face and body, and is not tested on animals, which is even more of a reason to love this product.
5. Coola Organic Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist
This organic dry mist creates a tan that lasts up to three days and is made with Argan oil and chamomile. Not only does Coola deliver a streak-free golden color, but it also leaves the skin feeling silky soft and luxuriously touchable.
Tips for a Tip-Top Tan
Tip #1: Make sure you shave/wax before applying the tanning solution. Doing so after will scrape the color off.
Tip #2: Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Make sure to have a smooth canvas to paint your masterpiece on. Pay extra special attention to scrubbing elbows, knees, heels, and ankles.
Tip #3: After exfoliating, add a light layer of lotion to those dry-skin prone areas to prevent them from turning orange. We suggest using a mitt to apply the color which will not only save your hands from stains but provides the best coverage. If you do use your hands, make sure to generously apply lotion to your hands prior and rinse them immediately following application.
Tip #4: The options when it comes to picking the perfect bronzing elixer can be overwhelming. Foams and mousses are easy to build a blendable, gradual tan, while mist-on tans are quick and can reach those pesky hard-to-reach areas. Individually wrapped towelettes are great for on-the go situations and lotions provide a dual benefit of color and moisture. Be sure to pick your potion according to your skin shade, trying not to go too dark too soon.
Tip #5: When it comes to applying color to your face, a little goes a long way. Naturally, the skin on our face is lighter than the rest of our body, but it should all blend together. Dab a few dots of the tanner on your cheeks, forehead, and nose and lightly blend outward towards the jawline and hairline. Remember to apply color to your neck to avoid any unwanted lines.
Tip #6: Brush baby powder over dry skin to prevent the color from transferring.
Tip #7: Made an uh-oh? Grab a lemon half and rub over any areas that appear streaky or splotchy and you’re good to go.
Tip #8: To prolong the “tan”, moisturizing is key. Avoid using harsh topical ingredients or rough exfoliants.