Hi lovelies, this is the second post in my self tan series and in this post I am going to discuss step by step how to self tan if you’ve never done it before. I myself used self tan for the first time after receiving the Caribbean Tan goodies (that time in high school that my cousin got a hold of me with some self tan cream and I had orange streaked legs for weeks doesn’t count!) and I would like to share my experience with you guys, where I made mistakes and what I would do different with my next application.
I read through the instructions that come with the Caribbean tan products a couple of times before I got started. I decided on the spritzer as it seemed easiest to apply and Caribbean Tan suggest to use an instant tan product if you are a first timer. I also called in some re-reinforcements for help in the form of a husband. I decided on trying the tan on my legs first, it is winter after all and if I mess it up no one would see anyways. I went with the A skin type product, my legs are very light and rarely get to see sunshine, I personally don’t like tanning in the sun and always search for the nearest shade spot and visit the beach with SPF 50 and an umbrella so I was super excited to finally getting the chance to give my legs a bronzed glow.
Here are the steps I followed as a first timer and some notes on what I’d do different next time!
Step 1 – Decide on your Caribbean Tan product
Step 2 – Is all about prepping your skin, I exfoliated using the Caribbean Tan Cinnamon and Coconut scrub and opted to shave my legs for the fear that I would shave my tan off if I shaved in the first couple of days after application. Next time I would shave the night before as the freshly shaved skin ended up with a little uncomfortable sting!
Step 3 – Apply your self tan product as per instruction on the package, apply moderately over knees and ankles, one place hubby and I messed up a little but is the skin in the folds of my heels, I completely forgot about those and ended up with the slightest hint of zebra stripes.
Step 4 – Let your tan develop over 8 hours, wear loose clothing and rinse off the residue that is left behind after the 8 hours passed. Don’t do anything that will cause sweating as the will influence your tan.
Step 5 – Apply a body butter regularly to keep your skin moisturised and to pro-long your tan. I used the Caribbean Tan body butter.
Step 6 – Admire your gorgeous bronzed skin minus the sun damage!
The Caribbean Tan products are super easy to use and (except for the heels, which was my own doing) I didn’t have any yellow lines or streaks, my knees didn’t look like I just went crawling through dirt, I was just left with a beautiful bronze sun kissed glow.
In the next self tan post in my series I will be reviewing the gorgeous Caribbean Tan products I received!