Favorite Ulta Tanner!
If you have been following me for a little while than you know that I love St. Moriz self-tanner! I originally tried self tanning because I am no longer wanting to go to the tanning bed. St. Moriz 's price is the main reason I picked them up. Plus, St. Moriz qualifies for the weekly Ulta coupon, making this self-tanner SO affordable.
I first started with the St. Moriz Dark Mouse and I LOVED it. The only reason I am using the fast tanning mouse now is because sometimes I need a quick fix and I don't have 6 hours to let the tan develop. This express tan gets darker the longer you leave it on, letting you control your color! Also, I think the express tan has a better, more fruity, smell than the regular mouse. The regular mouse does have a self-tan smell.
I have included my step-by-step guide on how I self-tan!
1.) The morning or the night before I know I am going to be applying the tan I will shower, exfoliate and shave. I think EXFOLIATING has a HUGE affect on how evenly the tan will apply and how long the tan will last. Exfoliating gets all the dead skin off so the tan can sit evenly on your skin.
2.) Immediately before I apply the tan I apply my fragrance free Aveeno lotion on all the drier spots on my body and any spots that tend to hold the tan more (knees, elbows, face, ankles, hands and feet) so that the tan won't look uneven once I am finished,
3.) When applying the tan I have always only used the mitt on my body making sure to go in a circular motion to ensure I am not left with any streaks.
4.) I use an Elf Kabuki Brush when applying the tanner to my face because I feel it gets the product everywhere, were as the mitt isn't nearly as flexible making it hard to make sure the tanner is evenly applied.
5.) I use any left over product on my mitt to hit any places that crease or are dry like my knuckles, elbows, knees and ankles. When I am applying to the areas I make sure they are bent so I am not left with white streaks from where I didn't apply the tanner.
6.) To apply my tanner to my back I either get Corey to do it or I will rubber band the mitt to my hair brush. lol. It might seem weird but I honestly still get an even tan out of it!!
7.) The instructions say to leave the tanner on for1-3 hours depending on how dark you want to be. The instructions say to AVOID water while the tan is developing.
8.) I rinse off the tanner in the shower with lukewarm water but I DON'T use ANY soap. I also don't wash my hair to avoid the soap running down my body and messing up my tan. I will take a regular shower that night and often times the water will still have a tent of brown when I am washing off the soap but the tan stays.
9.) After rinsing of the guide color (without using soap) and my next shower (using soap) I will apply the Aveeno lotion all over to help ensure the tan stays as long as possible.
10.) By the end of 5 days the tan has almost completely faded depending how how often I shower or sweat. Before I reapply I make sure to exfoliate again to ensure all of the tanner from the last application is gone and then I start these steps all over again!
I hope these steps and tip help you feel more confident about tanning at home and saving your precious skin! Click the picture above for the link to the fast tanning mouse.
Aimee Powell :)