Nothing boosts our confidence quite like a faux glow. Whether sitting poolside in your tiniest bikini like Kendall Jenner or rocking your first dress of the season sans tights, a tan is the perfect finishing touch. Click ahead for a step-by-step self-tanner how-to!
It’s hard to remember what being tan feels like after a long winter spent indoors, completely covering up with turtlenecks and tights. But once the sun starts shining and the temperature warm up, it’s time to bring back the bronze — safely, without sitting in the sun, of course. To help get you as golden as celebrities like Kendall Jenner, we’re bringing you every tip you need to be a master at the faux glow, using drugstore fave, Jergens.
There’s a reason celebrities like Kendall are such big fans of fake tanning. Not only does a good self-tanner give you a healthy, complexion-enhancing glow, but it also gives you an instant slimming effect. Plus, using a self-tanner doesn’t age you with dark spots and fine lines the way that a tan from the sun does. Here’s how to get a gorgeous glow at home, without spending a fortune.
The Prep: Most people think you can just slather on a self-tanner, but that’s a recipe for a streaky disaster. Before you tan, prep your skin properly by using an exfoliating scrub like Jergens Natural Glow Color Primer In-Shower Scrub. The gentle exfoliator sloughs away dead skin and smoothes out dry patches, leaving you with a more even base to apply your tan on.
The Tan: With you smooth skin, apply a tiny bit of your usual moisturizer to your feet, knees, elbows and any other areas on your body that tend to be drier so the color won’t build up there. For your tan, use a product like the Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse and apply several pumps of it on a tanning mitt (so your hands don’t stain!), gently rubbing it onto your skin. We recommend using the deep bronze shade so that you can see the color on your skin as you’re applying, using two to three pumps to cover each section of your body. If you’re nervous about diving right in with noticeable color, try Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. Used each day in place of your usual body lotion, this hydrating formula gradually adds a soft kiss of color over the course of several days.
The Maintenance: Once you get confidence with your self-tanning abilities, you can use your tanner to help contour your body to fake a more lifted butt or create the illusion of cleavage. But, as you build your skills, help make the most of your color by using Jergens’ magic moisturizer. The Jergens Natural Glow Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer keeps your skin moisturized, but also contains a unique fade-fighting technology that helps make your tan — real or fake — last even longer.
Are you a self-tanning master, HollywoodLifers? Or will you be saving these tips to get an at-home glow this summer?