Fall & Winter Tanning Routine

*Some products mentioned in this post were sent to me as a gift. All opinions are my own & 100% honest* Self tanning seems like it ...

*Some products mentioned in this post were sent to me as a gift. All opinions are my own & 100% honest*

Self tanning seems like it blew up in the last couple of years. People are turning away from tanning beds and turning to a more temporary solution. Self tanning can be a little tricky, from finding the right products for you to finding the proper way to apply it. 
Here's my "routine" for self tanning during the colder months.

I'm not someone that feels like I need to be tan at all times and honestly, I rarely apply self tanner during the winter. When I do, I don't want to use something super dark, because it feels too unnatural to me. I prefer to get a medium tan, where it appears that I could have been out in the sun but I didn't bake myself like I would in the summer. To do this I use two different products, depending on the end result I want to see.

The first product is for those of you who want to keep your tan for a longer period of time. 
The NKD SKN Gradual Glow Daily Tan Moisurizer will help you to achieve a light tan that lasts longer because you're applying it every day. It will gradually develop into a light-medium glow and it looks super natural. More often than not, I'm using this instead of an actual self tanner as I find it easier and more low maintenance.

As I mentioned before, I don't like to be super dark in the winter, so I use a lighter self tanning product. If I want to actually self tan, I'll use the Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse in Medium. If you prefer a darker tan, get the dark version.

Like me, you may have heard other people say that the Vita Liberata 2-3 Week Tan Mousse does not last 2-3 weeks, but it's because it's not being used properly. It specifically says if you want your tan to last that long, that you need to apply it once a day for 3 days. I've never tested it myself, but I do plan to because I think most of the complaints are due to user error.

Anyway, the medium version of this tan looks very natural but still tan. It will take me from a NW15 to right between NW25 & NW30. I apply this with the Vita Liberata tanning mitt and rubber gloves. I do apply this to my face and I've never had an adverse reaction; I just use a Sigma kabuki/foundation brush for this.

When I apply this tan once, I find that it lasts around a week and it fades evenly. The mousse has bronzer in it, so it's easy to see where you've applied it.

A few tips for application:
  • Make sure you've shaved & exfoliated before, but not right before. I like to shower & exfoliate in the morning and apply the self tanner before I go to bed.
  • Don't apply lotion, deodorant or any type of moisturizer where you're going to apply self tanner.
  • After the tan develops and you rinse it off, keep moisturized to help it to last longer and fade more evenly.
  • If you want to apply your self tanner 3 times like the bottle says, do so quickly. You can wait between 3-24 hours between each application and you need to shower between. Do not wait longer; once your tan starts to fade in the slightest, applying self tanner over it will make it go patchy and blotchy.
Those are a few of my tips and what I do when I want to apply self tanner.
Either product you choose is great, I love them both.

Thanks for reading!

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