Beauty - June 1, 2020

My Self Tanning Routine

Hi Friends! Can you believe it’s almost summer already!?! It already feels like summer here in Denver. Recently, I’ve received several requests for my self tanning routine, so  wanted to write an updated post for you guys! I’m also sharing on stories later today as well!

I probably do this about once a week. It usually lasts about a week but obviously the first few days are the best! I’ll be honest, the product *does* stink (just like all other products) but I LOVE the color of this one and have been suing it for several years. I also love St. Tropez, but I prefer to the coloring of this one more. St. Tropez has more of a green-dish undertone whereas Loving Tan has more of a red undertone.

brighton butler self tanning products

Tanning mitt // Loving Tan 2 Hour Express Tanner // Iconic London Brush // Necessarie Lotion // Neccesaire Exfoliator

Step 1: Exfoliate in the shower

Self-tanner applies best and stays on longer when the skin has been exfoliated. I use this exfoliator. I’ve been using these products for several years and LOVE them! If you’re interested in trying it out, BRIGHTON10 will give you a 10% discount.

I exfoliate my whole body (including my face). I usually focus on my legs the most as they seem to have the most dry skin. Once I’ve exfoliated, I’ll shave my legs so my skin is as smooth as possible before applying tanner.

Step 2: Apply the self tanner

I use the Loving Tan 2-Hour Express Mousse in the shade Dark. I’ve been using this product for several years and LOVE it. I’ve tried several other self-tanners and keep coming back to this one – the color and consistency are AMAZING.

I usually start at my shins and work my way up my body. I pump 1-2 pumps on this self-tanning mitt. I then apply the product to my shin and rub the product around, up and down my shin until it’s completely covered. I then move the left-over product to my feet.

After my shins and feet are covered, I apply 1-2 more pumps to the mitt and apply to my upper leg. I again rub the product around, up and down my leg until my leg is fully covered. I then move the left over product down my knee.

I continue this process on my arms, chest and stomach.

I receive lots of questions about how I apply tanner to my back. To be honest, I don’t :). Once the product is rinsed off, there is a faded line from front to back. But I don’t think many people notice.

Lastly, I apply the tanner to my face with this Iconic London brush. I apply one pump of tanning product to my mitt. I then rub the brush in the product and apply it to my face in a round-sweeping motion.

Step 3: Rinse

I leave the product on my body for 2-5 hours and then rinse off. That’s it!

Step 4: Pro-longing my tan

To prolong my tan, I apply this lotion 1-2 times a day. Keeping your skin moisturized allows your tan to stay for several days.

If you’re interested in the exact products I use, check out below.