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Summer Beauty: Self Tanning

Getting a great tan is one of the best things about summer. I used to lay in the sun all day, for hours to get a beautiful caramel skin tone, one that Alessandra Ambrosio would be jealous of. Yes, I had beautiful brown skin, but being permanently tanned all year round is near impossible! Way back when, the self tanning products available weren’t that great, so I felt like my only options for a great natural looking tan were my good old friend the Sun, or tanning booths (yuck, I know). However, nowadays, self tanning products are all the rage and the absolute best option for a getting a beautiful, healthy year-long tan. Below are some of my favorites!

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Passion Struck from Victoria’s Secret

This luminous tinted lotion with fuji apple and vanilla orchid smells amazing and goes on super easy. Since it’s tinted, it washes off pretty quickly but for a night out, it’s super practical to use. It is one of Sara’s favourites. This is the one to use for a one night tan!

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze

I use L’Oreal Sublime Bronze religiously. It has been my go to self-tanner for the past several years. It is inexpensive, can be bought at a supermarket, it doesn’t smell of self-tan, and best of all; you look bronzed and beautiful when you wear it. This non-tinted, self-tanning lotion comes in 3 different shades (1 ,2 &3). I tend to use the medium shade since I’m quite fair but I love being a nice brown color. It’s best to apply this cream/moisturizer at night after you shower. Rub it in well and avoid any streaks. Wait 5 minutes before putting on clothes so that it can seep into the skin. My personal tip is to use whatever shower gel or soap you like and to then use a bar of soap to make your skin more prone to absorbing this self-tanning lotion. If you want to build your color, apply it every other night. It helps to exfoliate your body at least once a week to maintain a natural-looking fake tan.

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze BB Summer Corps

By the way, L’Oreal just extended their Sublime Bronze range to include a body BB cream! My new favorite for sure! If you have stretch marks or an uneven skin tone or cellulite, this works wonders. It is effectively a body concealer and helps to hide your skin imperfections. My tip is to apply it at least a couple of hours before you go out into the hot sun so that it doesn’t melt off.


Clarins Self Tanning Milky-Lotion with Fig Extract

Clarins self-tanning milky- lotion gives you a very natural looking fake tan, with 24-hour hydration. Thanks to the fig extract, your skin will feel continuously hydrated which also helps to preserve your tan. A lot of people hate the fake tan smell, which is understandable. So if you have a super sensitive nose then this self-tanning milky lotion is for you. It has a very fig mild scent, with the lotion being very quickly absorbed into the skin. So there is no need to be walking around your place naked waiting for the fake tan to dry.

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Made-to- measure self tan for face and body! Yes you read that right. In effect, it is a skin booster that should be mixed with your day and night cream to give you a beautiful tanned glow. All you need to do is put your moisturizer in the palm of your hand, then add 3 drops of the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, mix well then apply. I know that my friends and I used to complain about having to forego using our preferred body lotion in order to use self-tan lotion; that’s no longer the case. personally think this is one of the best inventions of the 21 st century. Why did no one think of this sooner? Thank you Clarins!!

Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning

The Clarins instant smooth self tanning mousse – yes mousse!! – melts right into the skin. This is for the face and neck and gently covers pores and fine lines. The tan intensifies and creates a nice subtle glow the more your use it and is filled with Clarins goodness!

Nuxe Sun

This silky self-tanning body lotion achieves an even and natural looking tan, with an iridescent effect after only a few applications. It does not streak and sets super fast so be careful to wash your hands immediately after applying it. The fragrance is strong, so make sure you test it out before applying it.

Lancaster In Shower Self Tan Lotion

Lancaster came up with a self tan lotion that’s applied in the shower. How is easy is that? This is for all the women and men who hate applying self-tanning lotions and having to wait for them to dry. It is a great, quick way to apply a self -an that gradually builds with each application. I recommend using the Lancaster Tan Preparer Body Scrub to prime your skin before using the In Shower Self Tan. Apply evenly on wet skin using circular movements, wait 1 minute, then rinse off. Be careful not to be too rough with your towel when drying your skin as this can potentially lead to a more uneven tan. Super easy and a no-hassle self tan.

Benefit Hoola Zero Tanlines Body Bronzer

First let me say, we LOVE the packaging! It’s just so much fun! Tahiti here we come!

The Benefit Hoola Zero Tanlines Body Bronzer is super cool due to the fact that it’s hands free so it is really easy to apply and not get all messy.

It is an instant body bronzer, with the bonus of it being transfer resistant and streak-free, making it a PERFECT choice for anyone on the go. Since it is a buildable gel, you can apply it until you get your perfect shade. 

Happy “tanning”!

Love Sonja xx



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