The Best Self Tanner to Get You Ready for Summer

I've tried a ton of self tanners and this is by far my favorite

I share this exact blog post every single year, but it’s one of my most frequently asked questions, and when you find the best self tanner, you have to share!

I’ve tried a bunch of different brands, and hands down St. Tropez self tanner is my very favorite.

These are my favorite things about this self tanner:

  • Natural color (not orange at all)
  • Goes on very evenly
  • Doesn’t have a harsh, weird smell
  • Lasts for days
the best self tanner for a natural summer tan
the very best self tanner for a perfect, natural looking summer tan!

To get the best long-lasting results, here’s what I do:

  • Take a shower in the morning and exfoliate your entire body.
  • Get out, dry off, and apply lotion to your entire body (any kind will do).
  • Once your lotion is settled in, apply 2-3 pumps of the foam to your mitt and rub in a circular motion as you apply evenly to your body.
  • I do two coats of color on my entire body, letting the first coat dry for a minute or two before applying the second coat.
  • Toss on a lightweight robe or a dress you don’t mind getting color on (although it does come off in the wash without a problem!) and let it dry for a couple of hours.
  • You do not want your body to get wet for the next few hours — I try to not even wash my hands for as long as possible.
  • Go to bed that night without showering, then shower in the morning when you’ve hit the 24 hour mark. You’ll see some color come off, but don’t worry!
  • Then get out of the shower and repeat the application again, but you don’t need to let it set for so long.

I do this for 2-3 days in a row to get a nice base color, and then I can apply about once a week for touchups and to keep the color.

I’ve tried a bunch of application mitts too, and by far my favorite is this one from Versa Spa. It’s soft, plush, and applies really nicely and evenly. It’s only $8 RIGHT HERE.

For my face…

I use the St. Tropez Lotion, and I just put it on every morning after I do my morning face washing routine. It washes off day to day since I’m washing my face morning and night, but it provides a quick bit of color. It’s pretty thick and a little bit sticky, so let it dry for a minute before applying your makeup, but it’s very gentle and doesn’t make me break out at all.

And during the summer you can just put this lotion on if you don’t want a face of makeup but you want a little touch of color!

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6 Comments

  1. Michelle Butters says:

    How do you get your back with the self tanner so that it doesn’t look wierd if you are wearing a swimsuit? Also, Do you exfoliate with anything special? Thanks

  2. Abby says:

    Do you have any tricks for how to get a smooth application on your hands and feet? That is the part that trips me up the most. Thank you!

  3. Cheyenne says:

    Hello! I use this stuff too and i love it! But i noticed some of it coming off when i get in the pool. Does this happen to you too? Or am i maybe doIng something wrong?

  4. Colleen says:

    THanks for this post, i JUST STARTING USING THIS TANNER AND THESE TIPS ARE GREAT! i WANT A GOOD EXFOLIATOR THOUGH, THE ONES i’VE TRIED DON’T SEEM TO SCRUB WELL. aDVICE ON ONES YOU REALLY LIKE?

    • Alicia Arkell says:

      I love the Exfoliating gloves you can get at the Drugstore, that way you can just use your regular soap. They work amazing.

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