Beauty Lifestyle

Soak Up the Sun (But Not Really): Self Tanner Recs

Hey y’all,

Y’all know that scene in Snow White when the evil queen is like “mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the FAIREST one of all?”

If I had been born back then the mirror would have said “CONNER ALTMAN.” Because ya girl is literally the palest person in the world.output_vFf1UV.gif

One time, I was at one of the makeup counters at Belk looking for foundation and the lady was like I’ve never SEEN someone as pale as you! She literally called ALL the other makeup counter ladies over to show them how pale I am. Amazing.

ANYWAYS, the good news for y’all is that I have tried sooooo many different self tanners so you don’t have to! Here’s the run down on what works, what doesn’t, and what will get you the tan you want.

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Jergens Natural Glow Daily Tanning Moisturizer

I feel like everyone starts their “tanning journey” with this lotion. You can buy it literally anywhere, it’s very inexpensive, and it lasts forever.
PROS: SUPER easy to use, starts working within one use, a great budget option
CONS: It’s a little sticky (it’s lolo so it doesn’t dry super fast) and it does have a smell (I don’t hate it, but I know some people don’t like it), it can be splotchy if you aren’t careful!

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L’OREAL Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes

If you’re looking for an intense tan that people will notice, this is it! But you GOTSTA be careful. It goes on clear but packs a PUNCH!
PROS: Another good budget option, dries quickly, starts working within a few hours, has a good, noticeable color, and lasts a long time
CONS: Goes on clear so you can’t see where you put it thus making it streaky, the color can be intense if you’re a pale gal like me and it does NOT come off easily

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Golden Star Beauty Self Tanning Oil

This is one of my favorite self-tanners! It has a good, buildable tan and it never looks streaky.
PROS: Goes on easily, isn’t streaky, looks very natural, has a nice smell, and the collection also has a face tanner, mitts, etc., for a full self-tanning experience
CONS: Goes on clear so it’s hard to tell if you missed a spot. Since it’s an oil, it starts looking a little patchy when it fades- especially if you don’t keep your skin hydrated!

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St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse

A little bit more expensive, but another good option that lasts a while, so it’s definitely worth the investment! I highly recommend using the self tanning mitt as well.
PROS: Has instant color so you can see where it’s going, dries SUPER fast, lasts for a while, has a very natural tan color
CONS: REALLY seeps into dry skin, i.e. ankles, elbows, knees, so you GOTTA exfoliate before, can fade a little patchy if you don’t reapply

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St. Tropez Gradual In Shower Tanning Lotion

Y’all I was REALLY skeptical of this, but a very nice lady at Ulta recommended it to me (it comes with the other St. Tropez foam as a package- highly recommend) so I tried it. And I LOVE it. It’s the solution to how do I get my tan to fade naturally. Use this once or twice a week, depending on your activity level, how much you sweat, how many times you shower, etc., and it will help fade your tan like an actual tan.
PROS: Smells pretty good, comes in a package with the tanning foam, use it in the shower so it’s mess-free, helps fade tan naturally
CONS: You have to turn the water off to use, so you’re just kind of hanging out awkwardly for 3 minutes, but it’s a small price to pay for normal skin tone. Make sure you wash all the way off so you don’t end up with random spots

Any of your go-to tanners that I’m missing? Any that you want to try but you’re scared you’ll end up looking like a good ol’ Florida orange? Let me know so I can try them out! This is NOT an exhaustive list and it will be updated as I try new things. That’s why I’m here- to try things so you don’t have to.


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