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.

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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.