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Get The Glow: Tanning Tips For Your Skin Tone

Schané Flowers
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Who wants to look 40 years old when they’re 25?  Anyone?

Yeah, thought so. Who wants to keep their skin free from wrinkles, sagging, splotchy pigmentation, and visible capillaries? Everyone!

The danger of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can damage your skin and cause up to 90% of skin aging.  Without driving to that tanning salon on your lunch break, get that spray tan look in a can, jar, tube…your choice!

Whether you are a medieval princess fair or an exotic dark-skinned beauty, you need to protect your skin with sunscreen and have options for a bit more color daily or just for a special occasion.

Here are a few options for face and body for differing skin tones:

For Fair Skin Tones


Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Sunless Glow - 30ml (Latte Light)

This one is a 2’fer…it gently tans while blurring any imperfections (yes, even fair princesses have imperfections).  Using organic botanicals, this one locks in moisture and gives the skin a lovely radiance.

ESPA Gradual Tan Face Concentrate

Working with your personal body’s chemistry, this self tanner develops to your own perfect shade.  The healing components of Essential Oils Neroli, Sweet Orange, and Rose, permeate the skin to soothe and beautify.



Body Glow by SKINNY TAN Energising Light Skin Blur

This intensely hydrating cream brings a healthy sunny day glow to those with fair skin.  This coconut scented treatment uses nourishing Aloe Vera and firming Guarana to hydrate and bring a healthy sunny day glow to fair belles.


For Medium To Deep Skin Tones


St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Face Mist

This one is in some of our own personal self-tanning arsenal and it works like a dream! Simply spray it on, wait a few minutes and then apply makeup.  The beautiful color will make you look like the first day of school after a sunny summer vacation.

The Green Mandarin and Hibiscus Flower Extract hydrate without feeling oily and make my skin feel cool and fresh. We cannot say enough wonderful things about this product!

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad - Intense Glow

Another favorite of ours!  Simply apply one of these individually wrapped Glow Pads to the face and neck and look for a beautiful sunny tanned face in about 3 hours.  Use this one at night and wake up to a beautiful glow that takes me out the door with just a swift brush of mascara…it looks that healthy and pretty!  This one double duties as an exfoliator, sweeping away dead skin cells and decongesting clogged pores. Not too dry and not too oily. Anyone can use this one!



Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan – Medium

Using a blend of 70% organic extracts, our top selling tanning lotion uses a groundbreaking moisture lock system to keep your tan skin smooth and hydrated. This A plus rated self-bronzer will keep you golden brown 4 times longer than your normal tan!

St. Tropez Award Winning Kit

We love getting everything at once!  This kit comes complete with a tanning mitt, a Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion (No - it won’t get on your towel!), and a Self-Tan Express Bronzing Mousse with three shade choices!  Leave on one hour for a sun-kissed effect, two hours for a golden glow, or three hours for a deep, dark bronze color.

Need to look gorgeous in that sundress at the last minute and you look like Elsa, the pale skinned Queen from the movie Frozen? No problem!

Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish - Medium

This wash off color for the face or body gives the skin an immediate air-brushed look with light reflecting particles, minimizing uneven skin tone and imperfections.  The skin is pampered with shea butter, hydrating glycerin and soothing Aloe Vera while Tocopherol Acetate (a form of vitamin E) provides wonderful antioxidant benefits.   Wear it under foundation for a super smooth primer every day.

To make your self-tanner look REAL – it's necessary to prime your skin effectively!  

Otherwise, – what’s the point? Here are a few tips to prep for a healthy base for the perfect glow:

Tip No. 1: Exfoliate Everywhere!

You’ll get a natural and even tan if you exfoliate from your head to your toes.  If these dead cells are left when you apply your self-tanner, they will come off the next day and bring your lovely tan with them!

Here are some great choices for the face and body:

Frank Body Creamy Face Scrub

This perfect choice to slough off any surface issues before you tan your beautiful face!  Gently rub this coffee and rosehip infused scrub to the face and neck and rinse! Use this twice a week and you will be golden!

ESPA Detoxifying Salt Scrub

Treat your gorgeous bod with a sensual spa experience while preparing every inch of your limbs and torso for your healthy tan!  The sea salts in this one will wake you up and treat your skin to intense hydration simultaneously. While you should not directly apply self-tanner to the knees, knuckles, tops of feet, or elbows, (more on that later) – be sure to scrub these areas well just in case!

Tip No. 2: Moisturize the Areas that tend to Absorb Lots of Color

Your skin has drier and thicker areas which will absorb more of the self-tanner.  To avoid too dark knees, elbows, knuckles, and feet, hydrate these parts to create a barrier between your skin and the self-tanner.  This will keep your tan looking natural!

Mama Mio Megamama Super-Rich Omega Body Lotion

This favorite absorbs quickly and locks in antioxidant rich moisture with coconut, chia, and sweet almond oils.  Perfect for keeping those knees and elbows looking young! Apply this cream to the self-tanning dark zone areas - palms, knuckles, cuticles, elbows, knees, and feet prior to your self-tanning session!

Schané Flowers
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A beauty enthusiast by heart and a plant lover, I'm always looking for the latest and greatest in skincare and beauty, especially clean and organic! I think everyone's entitled to high quality skincare at any budget, and I'm always on the lookout for what's new in the industry be it tips, tricks, or products!