My Self-Tanner Recommendations!

self-tanning, self-tan
a.  Cosmetic substance applied to the skin to simulate a suntan
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Who likes a tan? ME. Who sometimes likes the warmth of the sun shining down on you, as you sip some sweet tea? ME. But who knows better than to bake in the sun? Again, me. Since I am so afraid of getting skin cancer, 

the past few years I realized I wanted a healthy tan. I could still look bronzed and glowing, without, hopefully, all the risks. So let’s look at my picks for self-tanners!
L’oreal Sublime  Bronze Self-Tanning Gelee

This stuff really gives a nice color. It goes on smoothly, and gives you just enough time to spread evenly. PROS: It is affordable, around $8.00-10.00 depending on where you go. Using rubber gloves to apply it and protect your palms from turning orange works well. CONS: The smell is a bit strong, not sure how to explain it. After it dries, and you let it sit on your skin, certain parts of your body can start to feel sticky, like your chest. Overall, I would definitely recommend this! I can't find any photos of me after application of this product, sorry!

L’oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes 

These tan towels were the first type of self-tanner I used, when I was in eighth grade. So it has been awhile, but I know how awesome they are! They are basically just “baby wipes” with a clear, liquid product. It feels moist, and really gives you a great tan. A general rule I believe when dealing with any self tanner is to always exfoliate skin before application.Not RIGHT before application, but at least a few hours before. The same goes with having moisturized skin-you want nice, moist skin, with no dry patches, but applying lotion needs to be hours before application, so it can soak in!  With that being said, as long as you apply your self tanner carefully and follow the instructions, this product will not be streaky. PROS: Affordable [$10.00-$12.00], Decent citrus scent, lasts about a week, SUPER easy to apply. CONS: While it is affordable, I really wish the towels were bigger, because sometimes I need two towels for my whole body, not just one. I also have a harder time tracking this one down at stores. I do recommend this product. I do not have any pictures of myself (that I can track down and know for sure) that I am wearing this product.

Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tanning Liquid

This is the self-tanner I used basically for a year straight. It’s a liquid (as it says) self tanner, which sprays out as a sort of mist. Mine came with a mitt for easy application, and a pair of rubber gloves. (I bought mine on Amazon). It gives you a nice, natural tan. Not orange, not oompa-loompa, but a brown, sunkissed tan! I was really impressed with this product. PROS: It smells amazing, sort of cocanutty-but beachy? Just something I don’t mind at all having on my skin! Having the mitt helps to rub the product in to your skin, which may help some who have trouble with streaky self-tanner. The price is not bad for the quality ($24.99 on the product site) and it dries quickly so you don’t have to wait forever to put your clothes back on! The self-tan lasts about a week or more, depending on if you like to exfoliate a lot. I used it on my face, and it did not cause any breakouts. CONS: The only issue I had was that sometimes, the mitt absorbed too much product, so I felt like I was wasting. However, I often used the rubber gloves instead, so I corrected that problem: ) I would highly, highly recommend this! They also sell an “airbrush” version, which I think would apply a lot easier, as well as face self-tanners, which I would love to try. If you think you would be interested, check out their site and look at all they have to offer (this is NOT sponsored at all, I just love their product!) Fake Bake!
This was taken probably 3 days after application of this product. 

Hawaiian Tropic Cream Island Radiance Self-Tanner 

Okay, I don’t want to spend too much time on this one. Overall, not the product for my skin type, or tone.  It is so moisture rich that I feel uncomfortable trying to sleep with it on. I used it last night, and even after rubbing it in FORVER and letting it soak in for an hour before bed, I still had to put a pillow between my legs when I went to bed because I couldn’t stand the feeling of the sticky/lotion-y feeling of each leg touching another. Don’t get me wrong; I have heard wonderful things about this! It gives a light amount of color to me after one use, but I would recommend this to paler skin types, or for those who plan on applying it 2 or 3 days straight to get the desired color. Also, I have normal skin on my body, not dry, nor oily. I think this product works well for someone with dry/super dry skin. It really is like a luxurious moisturizer, I have never came across such moisture (haha). I do not use it on my face (I have more of an oil prone face-so I’m not about to put this stuff on it!) so I am not sure if it would cause breakouts. I will recommend this to paler skin types, with dry skin, but otherwise, like I said-not for me. I have saw a price range of about $9.00-$13.00. I don't have any pictures of me sporting this one!

Sun Goddess Sunless Tanning Lotion “Dark” 

Between the Fake Bake Flawless, and this one, I think I have my two favorite self-tanners. Let me just tell you, this bad boy, gives you such a believable tan. Its formula is dark. Really dark-like it looks like chocolate syrup-and has a bit of a green tone in it. But that my friends, is what I {think} makes it different from other self-tanners. It has never turned me orange once. Just a great, tanned color is what I end up with every time I use it. PROS: Tan lasts about 7-10 days for me, depending on if I exfoliate or not. I do use it on my face, and it has not broken me out. It smells amazing! Okay, okay. If you sniff right down in the bottle, gross, it smells super strong and you will be like “Well, Kelsey lied.” Don’t do that. Once it is on your skin, it has been rubbed in, and you are a happy camper with your developing tan, you’ll know what I mean. It doesn’t turn into that gross self-tanner smell. If anything, it smells better the longer it is on your skin. Not sure what to label the smell, just YUMMY! CONS: It is a little pricey ($38.95 for an 8oz bottle)-but, since it lasts so long on your skin, and gives such great color; I think it would be worth it. Also, I am not sure if it was a “user error” or what, but I could never get the pump on mine to work : ( I have never tried too much to fix it, so maybe it is my mistake, or I just got a bum pump. Either way, I still highly recommend this!*
I had applied this product to myself about 2 days prior to this being taken.

I hope this was helpful to everyone, let me know your favorite self tanner! Also, I should have a post up shortly about how to make your own gradual-self-tanner. Keep an eye out!
XO, Kels

*I was sent this product for free, months and months ago. I was not expected to review it, these are my honest opinions!