‘Tis that time of year friends when I’m ready to look a little tan.
I don’t know what it is, but if we get one sunny February day, I immediately think it’s spring (even though ironically this week is the coldest week we’ve had all season!), and I start to work on my faux glow. I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not (many of you have commented/emailed/DM me lately)…
…but I’ve been extra glowy because I wanted to do a Faux Glow Review for you!
So…that explains the heavy tan on this cold winter day.
It’s research, people.
Good old-fashioned lather yourself in tanner research for you girls. 😉
I broke my research up in two categories (body and face) and am sharing the final results today. Basically, if you want a little tan right now, this post is for you.
Now, as a rule of thumb, no matter which self-tanner I use, I always apply it the same way:
First, I apply it at night so that the color can develop overnight while I sleep. I often get asked if the color rubs off on my pajamas or sheets and the answer is “not one of these below”. Any self-tanner that rubs off on my sheets gets tossed. I shower, dry off, apply my tanner (to both body and face), let it air dry about five minutes and then put on my pajamas. The next morning, the color has developed and I’m good to go!
Second, I shower like normal after I use my self-tanner. The morning after, I’ll probably work out first and then shower.
Third, I pretty much apply self-tanner to my face year around (see details below), but I only apply it January-ish through April-ish on my body. After that, I’m out in the sun and naturally get a little color or it’s the fall, and when pumpkins are out, I don’t care about my tan 😉 .
Fourth, I get asked a lot about how I apply it to my back and the answer? I don’t worry about it. Is that wrong? Should I be worrying? I don’t. I always feel like something is better than nothing, so I hit the areas that I can reach and don’t worry about all of it. This time of year, I’m wearing lots of layers and clothes, so really, you don’t see that much.
Fifth, sometimes I use a mitt to apply the tanner and other times, I’m lazy and just use my hands. I always wash my hands thoroughly after applying and hope for the best 😉 .
Here we go, after trying several (and tossing a few)…these are my favorite self-tanners for a variety of different reasons:
Well, you know I’ve been raving about these little glow pads for YEARS! They’re individually wrapped and already soaked with the tanner. They’re about the size of an alcohol wipe and all you do is open one, rub it around on your face and neck and you’re good to go. I always get great results when using these pads! I particularly love them for traveling because it’s not a liquid. You just toss one in your bag and bam! Instant color! I always rub these pads into my hairline to avoid any weird lines on my face. One pad does my whole face and neck. The next morning, you’ll see results! There is no strong odor with these wipes, and your glow lasts about five days.
Speaking of the pads, I’m a huge fan of the body ones too! Now, there is a learning curve here. It’s the same as the face pads but they’re much larger. One big wipe (about the size of a wet wipe) is all you need for your entire body. You rub it all over and the next morning, you have a nice faux glow. The only complaint I’ve heard over the years from blog readers is that sometimes, they miss a spot and don’t know it until the next morning (because it goes on clear). I honestly think practice makes perfect. I never miss spots now that I’ve been using these so long, but if you do, you can either open another packet and hit the spots you missed or take one of the other tanners here (that are liquid/mousse) and apply them to the area. I think this color is great because it doesn’t appear orange…it’s very brown instead. I love these!! They also last about five days and only have a very mild smell when applying.
This was a new find for me!! Last year, I tried their “water” and liked it okay, but this year, I tried this new glow clear mousse. I liked the texture of this one (very light and airy), I really didn’t notice any scent at all, and I thought it went on really easily (plus, a little went a long way). I bought the medium shade (the green one), and it was by far the most “barely there” tan out of all of them. The next morning, I noticed some color, but it was very subtle…which is good sometimes. I liked this one well enough and thought the subtleness was what many of you like, that I’m including it today.
This one is super fantastic! Erika noticed how overly faux glowy I was at the gym and told me that I should try this one here that she loves from Amazon. Girls, it’s a keeper!! This was the last product I tried and really one of my faves. This one sprays on to a mitt (the mitt is included with the bottle). First of all, it smells really nice (tropical…not too fragrant, but a very pleasant smell…like you just applied lotion) and goes on darker so you can see where you’re hitting and where you’re not. At first, I thought I was going to have to spray a ton, but really, a little goes a long way. I think I only sprayed twice on to the mitt for each leg. I am a big fan of this tanner right here!
Speaking of big fan…you all know that these drops here are my absolute fave. I reach for this bottle year around and it never disappoints. About every 5 days, I add three drops of this into the palm of my hand along with my nighttime moisturizer. I mix those two together and then apply my moisturizer like normal. Wash your hands after and the next morning, the best little faux-glow. Truly, this is my favorite product in the bunch!
This brand is just iconic faux-glow, so I had to try their express bronzing mousse. I know the bottle says you can apply it day of, but I always prefer to apply it the night before. It also goes on light and airy like the other mousse, but this one isn’t clear, so you can really see where you’re applying it. The color is nice (more brown, less orange), and I think this one lasted the longest on me (although, it’s hard to really determine that as the number of showers I take varies day by day). I typically use a mitt when applying this one, but sometimes, I get lazy and just use my hands. As long as I wash them well after each application, my hands don’t turn a weird shade.
So, that’s my little lineup of self-tanners for your dreary winter day!
Is there another type of product you’d like to see me try? Please comment and tell me!
I hope you all have a great Thursday! I’ll see you here tomorrow!!