Budget Self-Tanning

I'm a very pale person. Lightest foundation shade available, glowing white in the sun, practically translucent pale. I remember when I was younger wanting to be tan so badly, but only burning in the sun instead (no matter how much sunscreen I used!). If there was one thing I could tell my younger self, it would be to wear more sunscreen and use Jergen's Natural Glow! ;) I remember being so insecure about my pale skin because the rest of my family are all naturally tan. However, a few years ago I discovered the wonders of self-tanner and have been addicted since. I will admit that I am a very lazy tanner- if it doesn't last at least a week, I'm not particularly interested. I've managed to get myself into a routine that is not only very easy, but also very inexpensive...which is great for a college student like me!

There are two things I've been using for about a year now that have completely changed the way I tan. St. Moriz mousse is my favorite tanning mousse, and I even prefer it over St. Tropez because I feel like it delivers the same results for a much smaller price tag. I buy mine from Amazon for $4, so price-wise it can't be beat. I apply this with a tanning mitt, making it insanely easy and quick. I use the Medium shade in the winter and the Dark shade in the summer. I find that it stays on without patching or fading in weird places for a week. The smell is also barely noticeable, although I generally apply this product before bed anyways, and rinse it off in the morning.

During the week, to keep my skin soft (since the St. Moriz can be a bit drying, as most self-tanning products are), I use the CVS Sunless Glow Self-Tanning Lotion. This is the CVS brand's version of Jergen's Natural Glow, and I like this one even better than the original because it has a much less potent scent than the Jergen's, while still delivering the same results. This one does tend to have a bit of that typical "self-tan" smell, but is easily rinsed off and doesn't linger after a shower like I feel the Jergen's does.

As far as a routine goes, on Sundays I like to take a shower, shave and exfoliate using a body scrub. Then I take a light moisturizer (I like CeraVe Moisturizing Cream) and use it on the spots self-tanner tends to cling- ankles, knuckles, wrists, knees and elbows. After letting it dry for a few minutes, I use the St. Moriz mousse on the mitt and apply one or two coats (depending on how tan I want to be), before going to bed. In the morning, I rinse off the color guard and moisturize with a heavy-duty body butter (right now I'm loving the Victoria's Secret Deep Berry Body Butter, but it changes all the time) and going about my day. For the nights that I don't apply the St. Moriz mousse, I apply the CVS Sunless Glow lotion, go to bed, and wash it off in the morning. This way, I can use more inexpensive tanning products that have the self-tanner smell, without having to actually smell like self-tan in public! ;) The St. Moriz mousse can be used on its own, but I like to use it in combination with the CVS lotion to not only bump up my color, but also to help keep my dry skin moisturized. It also helps keep areas that are heavily washed (like my hands) tan, without making my wrists 8 shades darker than the rest of my body.

Do you have any self-tanning products that you love?


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