Get the Natural Glow with the Best Spray Tan of February, 2019

Looking Orange is a Thing of the Past…Spray tans have improved beyond recognition!

I remember when spray tans made their big debut in my high school. It was shortly after everyone acknowledged just how dangerous tanning beds really were. The spray tan concept seemed totally foreign, and the fear of having a blotchy orange body before prom night was real.

However, modern spray tans are much improved, but can still go wrong. So, how can you avoid blotchy or orange skinned mishaps? I talked to several professionals to get the lowdown on how to ensure a perfect, long lasting tanned glow, before trying out the best selling products on the spray tan shelf for myself.

Preparation is everything, so here’s what I learned:

• Wax or shave 24 hours beforehand
• Exfoliate both your body and face so the tan absorbs evenly
• Don’t wear deodorant
• Remove jewelry and make up
• Moisturizing can interfere with tan absorption, so is best avoided beforehand, however do make sure elbows, heels, knees, wrists and hands have smooth, supple skin, and only apply a tiny amount of tan to these areas

Okay, so that’s the prep, what next?

• Don’t use bare hands to apply the tan; a mitt is best, and can ensure a streak free finish
• Sweeping motions are better than circular motions to distribute the tan evenly
• Start with your lower half, and holding the can at an angle, 8’’ away, spray in an up and down motion in slow steady layers. Keep it even.
• Use the tanning mitt to smooth it over your skin
• Spray the front and back of your torso in three sections: the middle, followed by each side
• Use the mitt again
• Then do your arms, going easy on your armpits and wrists
• Mitt time again
• Mist your face lightly. Do not overdo it
• Mitt
• Lastly, the backs of your hands
• Mitt
• Once you’re dry, put on loose, dark clothes as the tan can rub off a bit in this period, and don’t shower for eight hours
• If an area looks too dark, rub a slice of lemon over it. The acid will tone it down
After 8 hours, have a shower and lightly exfoliate; this washes off the excess tan, but the color will continue to develop for the next few hours. Pat dry and moisturize.
Now you’re gorgeously sun kissed (even if it is fake), how do you keep looking that way?
• Keep your skin hydrated by keeping up fluids
• Alcohol can cause your tan to fade as it can dehydrate you
• After a shower, remember to pat your skin dry, as rubbing can remove the tan
• Moisturize regularly

Next: My favorite spray tans of February, 2019:

1) Self Tanning Liquid Solution by Fake Bake

What Makes It Great

On opening the bottle, a gorgeously tropical coconut scent wafted out. This product looks rich and creamy, and with the included tanning mitt, seems impressive.

The color itself takes 4-6 hours to develop. It’s non-sticky, so your skin will feel soft and smooth. I also appreciate that there are no nasties in this spray tan like parabens.

This went on smoothly, and the color guide is an ingenious idea – I could tell immediately which bits I already sprayed. The mitt is great, very good quality for your average freebie. It didn’t absorb the tan at all, leaving a good coverage on my skin.

In the shower, the dark color guide spray washed off nicely, and once dry, the tan developed into a lovely honey colored glow. My skin, which can be sensitive, felt smooth and moisturized.

Where It Could Be Improved

I wish the bottle was bigger so that I could use this again and again!

9.4Expert Score
The Final Verdict

If you want a natural tan that develops quickly, and smells really great, this product is awesome.

Self Tanning Liquid Solution Flawless by Fake Bake | Luxurious and Fast-Drying Solution that delivers a Beautiful Streak-Free Golden Glow...

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Last update was on: September 23, 2018 5:22 pm


2) St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

What Makes It Great

I’m not sure about the ‘mood boosting fragrance’, but it did smell nice and floral, and feels super thick and rich. The bottle is larger than I thought it would be.

This almost flowed on, soaking in really well, and leaving no residue which is great because I applied it at night and was going to bed with it on. It seemed to moisturize well, and although my sensitive skin tingled a little, this soon wore off.

The tan develops in 6-8 hours and dries quickly. It has moisturizers included in the ingredients, which make this tan a skin friendly option. The fragrance is mild but very pleasant.

Great – there was no staining to my sheets, and after hopping in the shower, and fully moisturizing, my skin felt deliciously smooth and pampered. The color was darker than I imagined, but it looked very natural, with no streaks or patches.

Where It Could Be Improved

Because it soaks in so quickly, it can be hard to tell where you’ve already applied it.

9.0Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Being a St. Tropez product, I was expecting an awesome result, and I got one. Very happy to recommend.

St. TROPEZ Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, 8 fl. oz.

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Last update was on: September 23, 2018 5:27 pm
$29.40 $42.00


3) 3 x Padded Microfiber Self Tanning Mitts

What Makes It Great

These three products are great; they look well made and built to survive regularly being washed.

The exfoliator mitt is awesome – just rough enough to exfoliate effectively without creating any soreness. The tanning mitt enables the tanning lotion to be spread all over without turning my palms orange, and the little face mitt is a brilliant idea for facial coverage. I really like these mitts.

Where It Could Be Improved

The only issue I had with these is that the face mitt kept turning round; but that isn’t a deal breaker, just a bit irritating.

8.9Expert Score
The Final Verdict

If you use a fake tan, mitts are a must, and this set is great, covering you right from exfoliation to smoothing the tan over your face as lightly as you can. It really helps with evenness.

Skinerals Padded Microfiber Applicator Self Tanning Mitts With Snug No-Slip Elastic Wrist and Exfoliator Glove and Finger Face Mitt for...

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Last update was on: September 23, 2018 5:31 pm


4) Beauty by Earth Self Tanning Lotion

What Makes It Great

Okay, so I’ve cheated slightly here, but this lotion is awesome. It smells gorgeously luxurious, feels smooth and creamy, and is all natural.

This covers easily, and much more skin than you’d think – a little goes a long way. It absorbs well and didn’t stain clothes or my bedsheets.
After showering, my skin was left with a light golden tan that looked very natural, but this should darken next time I use this product – and I will be using it again!

This beautiful, natural tan includes aloe vera, shea butter, coconut; jojoba and argan oils, green tea extract and witch hazel.

Where It Could Be Improved

For the first few minutes after application, my skin did feel a bit sticky, but this soon disappeared as the lotion soaked in.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

I know this isn’t a spray, but feel it deserves a mention for being so awesome! I like the idea of being able to build up the color to the tone you want, and it does just that – builds up tone and looks natural. Happy to recommend this.

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Last update was on: September 24, 2018 4:42 am
$28.99 $34.99


5) Skinerals Self Tanner

What Makes It Great

This has a very light, almost apple scent that’s really pleasant, and the bottle has a great pump action to make application easy.

This is lovely. The color started to develop instantly which was useful for showing where I’d been. It didn’t leave any marks behind on towels, sheets or my hands and it’s streak-free on the body.

The tan continued to develop once I’d showered, and I ended up with a super honey colored tan that looked warm, healthy and natural.

Where It Could Be Improved

This is one of the pricier self tans, but for quality it’s awesome, so, worth it as far as I’m concerned.

9.9Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Okay, this is in a higher price band, but the results are amazingly natural, and I’d be happy to purchase this again.

Skinerals Self Tanner Sunless Bronzer Californium Natural and Organic Ingredients for Safe Alternative to Sun Tanning (8 Ounce)

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Last update was on: September 24, 2018 5:40 am


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