Self-Tanning 101 And Why You Should Use One

Since I've become much more aware of skin care, I've also learned that any kind of exposure to UV rays, whether from the sun or from a tanning bed, causes skin damage that leads to loss of it's firmness & wrinkles. 

These changes wont happen overnight, but sun damage is cumulative and keeps building up with each exposure. So the more you tan, the worse your skin will look as you age.

Kind of funny, if you think how women usually tan to look pretty, huh? 

In fact, any amount of tan is just a sign of your skin being damaged, unless, it's from a bottle of self-tanner.

So basically: the only safe option for tanning is self-tanning. However, self-tanning can be a bit tricky, which is why you should do some research beforehand.

Step 1: Get a good self-tanner
Obviously you need a good self-tanner - something that doesn't turn orange on skin, dries quickly & looks even. The one I've been using is Artemis More Than Self Tanning Body Lotion*. It's a fairly new product here in Estonia that is available in other European contries too.

What I like about it is that it feels very moisturizing & also works as a body lotion. It has a wonderful scent and the best part is that it actually looks natural bronze not orange, even on my pale skin.

According to my sister who saw me in real life "it doesn't look fake & it's definitely better than being pale as a ghost." (Her exact words).

Somehow it didn't occur to me to take "before" shots, but I guess "pale as a ghost" would be a good reference. The tanning effect is gradual which also makes it more "safe to use" in my opinion. And you can definitely see how my legs are both covered evenly and have a nice bronze color which wasn't there before.

The formula of this lotion is very thin, so it's easy to spread, it absorbs quickly & doesn't feel sticky. Some self-tanning tutorials say not to get dressed for an hour after applying self-tanner, however with Artemis self-tanning lotion I really see no reason to wait that long. I put my clothes on like 5 minutes after applying the product because it was completely absorbed already.

Step 2: Shower & exfoliate 
Once you've done your research & gotten a good self-tanner, make sure to exfoliate your skin before using it. I made myself a DIY body scrub, because I find them to be much more fun, but you're welcome to buy one from a store if you want to.

My yellow body scrub includes: sea salt, olive oil & lemon juice pressed from a lemon. Really refreshing, however I do suggest using more lemon juice than olive oil. Lemon has a better scent + too much oil isn't good if you're going to use a self-tanner afterwards. I'm also planning to improve this recipe a bit in the future. 

Step 3: Application
Wait until your skin is completely dry, put on a pair of latex gloves & evenly cover each area you're planning to tan.

Lastly, if you are now thinking of getting a new gradual self-tanning lotion, do consider trying Artemis More Than Self Tanning Body Lotion. It costs around 20€, but it definitely gives better results than cheaper self-tanners I've tried previously. In Estonia you can purchase it from 'Tallinna Kaubamaja'. :)

Have you ever used self-tanners? 
Disclosure: This product was sent to me as a press sample. All thoughts are my own and were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.

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