Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Favorite Self Tanners

I am naturally as white as a ghost. To avoid this white girl problem, I apply self tanner year round. I've tried countless self tanners, and have found the best, most of which I've used for the past several years. 

Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse

I use only use this on my face, neck, and arms. It is absolutely amazing! It has a very light, moist whipped texture and doesn't have a foul smell like a lot of self tanners do. Since I prefer to be darker than my natural skin color year round, I use a foundation a few shades darker than my natural skin color.  Your neck is usually lighter than your face, so it's important to have your foundation match and blend to keep your neck and face the same color. To maintain a blended look everyday, I apply the mousse to my neck (and chest/arms) 1-2 times/week. I do use it on my face sometimes as well, but I don't find it as important to be applied to my face because it washes off much quicker than the rest of my body since I do exfoliate and use the clarisonic brush often.

L'oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Gel

I usually only use Sublime Bronze on my legs. I love the smell (it smells nothing like sunless tanner), it has a very light, clean scent. I love that I can see exactly where I'm applying it since the gel is a bronze color.

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez Mousse gives an amazing, natural looking tan when applied correctly. I usually use it during the summer, or layered under or over the Clarins Mousse when I want extra color fast. It dries very fast, so it's important to apply it quickly and evenly to avoid splotchy-ness. When I use this mousse, I always use latex gloves during the application process because it will stain your palms otherwise. I love that it doesn't smell, it doesn't stain clothes, and it is paraben free.

Tan Towel Classic Half Body Application

Tan Towels are one of the best beauty inventions in my opinion! When I'm feeling lazy, or don't have time to spend applying the mousse or gel tanners, I use a Tan Towel. The package says "half body application", but I'm able to use one towel everywhere from my face to my feet. It dries super fast, and has a light citrusy scent. These are great for travel and there's no mess involved. LOVE!

What are your favorite self tanning products?


  1. Lynn, the Clarins mousse is my absolute fav too! Actually, I love everything in the Sun line by Clarins, but the mousse is def my fav!

  2. I'm too scared to use them b/c I'm also white as a ghost! I may try that tan towel though.

  3. I want to start doing self tanning products but I hear you get blotchy skin after a few days how do you deal with this? Can you write a post about your experience? :)

    1. You can definitely get some blotchiness from using self tanners. Here's what I do to avoid blotchiness: shave/wax, exfoliate all areas that I'm going to use self tanner on, and after about 3 hours I shower to wash off the product. When I follow these steps, I rarely get any blotchiness. Let me know if you try these steps, and if they work for you!

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