Self Tanning: How To

March 12, 2013

I won't lie and tell you I've never stepped into a tanning bed because I have. More often than I should. It's something I shouldn't be doing especially because skin cancer is in my family but there's something about that bold, gorgeous bronze look that melts my heart.

Growing into a woman, I've seen my body and skin change as I'm aging. It's making me stop to appreciate the young skin I have now and start being proactive in the way I take care of it.

I've recently purchased Fake Bake. It's a liquid self tanner that you spray on a professional mitt, apply it to your body and it lasts for 4-5 days. I ordered it from amazon not thinking I'll be conformed but after the first application, I was raving about it! I've tried other self tanners all leaving me with an orange tint and horrendous tanning smell and this product does neither.

So today I want to share my steps of building my tan and the ways I treat it to last it's full potential.

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Like I said, I've fallen in love with Fake Bake because of the way it goes on being so easy and light. I've found when using the exfoliating it really leaves a base that's soft and ready to give my tan it's full color. It's lasted me 3-5 days depending on my activity during the time I had it on. One weekend I tried with when I didn't have plans for the gym but plans to spend time with family doing low key stuff and this lasted great. Another time, I went to the gym daily so I showered more and it came off faster. The color doesn't peel, run or get streaky! It seems to just evenly fade away the times I've tried it. I do have eczema, a skin condition that causes little rash spots across my body. Like any self tanner, those spots are definitely splotchy but they're not too noticeable from an observer.

these pictures are unedited

This is after one application ladies!

Sold? Yep, I am too. Forever and always I'll be using this amazing stuff. It's been such a great way to bring in some spring color in a safe way without hurting and frying my skin off.

lasts 3-5 days [the more water, the faster it'll fade!}
doesn't peel, run or streak
has a light coconut smell that's not overwhelming
exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

Don't you agree there's something about that illuminating glow of a tan that just makes you feel beautiful?

You can purchase Fake Bake, here.

+note: everyone has different skin types and conditions. this is a tanner that has worked for me but it can be different with each person! i was not paid to write this post, it's my own opinion i wanted to share so others can find something that works for them.


  1. I think ladies shouldnt be so afraid of using fake tanner. As long as you apply it correctly it looks great. The sun can be so damaging!

  2. Hun you look so tanned LOVE IT .

    xo Meg

  3. Wowza! This stuff is amazing. I must try it. I want to buy all three of these products. I've been using a tanning bed, to get ready for my wedding, and I know it's bad. But I've never used a self tanner before. Glad to see how awesome this one is. I think I'll test it for my bachelorette party.

  4. This looks like an incredible product! I've used tanning beds several times and after a couple of skin cancer scares, I refuse to do that to myself anymore. This is a great and safe alternative when you need to tan in a fix! Thanks Aubrey!

  5. can you come do this to me?! I am pale as paper and I think a little glow would make the bump look sexier ;-)

  6. That color is AMAZING! I never would have guessed that you used a fake tanner! Doing it!!! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I'm still floored after seeing this on IG yesterday!

  8. Really want to buy this stuff! Yay, Fake Bake here I come!

  9. I love this stuff!! They have all different kinds of applications but the spray by far is my favorite! Great post! Cheers to staying out of the sun!

  10. llloooovveee this! so happy that I bought it, I can't wait for it to come (hopefully today or tomorrow!) eek! : ) your skin looks gorgoues! Also, so glad to hear it works well with eczema because I have eczema too! So annoying, but it's usually gone in the summer (woot woot!)

  11. Getting this! I need a sunless option for my preggo self!

  12. Umm this is amazing.
    My nickname should be snow white because I am THAT pale. This tanner will work wonders on me! AND it's only $18?!?!


  13. Thank you for posting this - I have been looking into "fake baking methods" for a while. I've always been fearful of skin cancer but it didn't ring a bell with me until I got into my mid 20's. Now in my mid 30's I haven't touched a tanning bed in over 10 years (minus the three days I went before my wedding 2 years ago). This looks like a great AND AFFORDABLE way to handle getting a glow w/out health risks!

  14. Hey Aubrey.. So, I just re-read your self tan post and had a few questions before I order.... I just tried the spray tan booth for the first time last week-- and it was to pricy and the results were not good.... So... my biggest question since you apply it yourself how does it look when you are only able to do what you can apply yourself? Like, do you have any problems with it being even trying to get to the back of your legs/arms? I hope that makes sense since it's applied with a mit and not necessarily a spray? Really thinking I want to order and try as your pics look great, but just curious about that--and do you use on your neck/face?? I jsut worry about it being even and no obvious lines? Thanks so much... I'm knew to your blog and I'm def a fan... Your make-up tut was a fav of mine and I have to say I have received several comments on on my eyes since... so Thanks....

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