Post # 1
Mrs. Tobe convinced me and scared me out of going the tanning bed route…:)
Also I just don’t feel comfortable doing the spray tan…even if it is only a small chance, I don’t want any color to leak on my dress!
So for olive skin, what is the best tanning lotion? Price is not an issue (it’ll probably end up being way cheaper than tanning bed sessions anyways).
I have just read some good things about Clarins…
Post # 3
@Evie19: Uh-oh… didn’t mean to scare
Post # 4
@Mrs.tobe: Haha! No, you did the right thing! 😉
Post # 5
I have an olive skin tone and I use St. Moriz mousse foam (the “generic” version of St. Tropez). I exfoliate and moisturize before I put on the mousse. I use a tanning mitt to put on the mousse so I don’t have to worry about my hands/nails being colored. I only put this on at night because it smells a little funky and it makes me look super dark until you wash it off. At first I was really scared because it has bronzer in it, so as soon as you put it on your skin it looks really dark and kind of has a brown-green tint to it. It washes right off the next morning in the shower to this natural-looking golden brown color. I have tried so many drugstore brands and they all made my olive skin look orange so I was glad to find this.
TIPS FOR ST MORIZ TANNING MOUSSE:
*Definetly exfoliate and moisturize before you use it. I put extra moisturizer on my face before I use it, because it can be drying.
*I use a cotton ball to apply the tanner to my hands. I moisturize first.
*If you have a dry patch on your face, for example, the tanner will look darker there. If you immediately dab some water on the spot while the tanner is still wet it will come right off. You have to “wash” the tanner off right away because it dries quickly. Same for your hands — if you get any on your palms, wash it off right away and you should be ok.
*If you get any on your PJs or pillow, it comes right out in the wash. (yay!)
Post # 6
I really like Kiehls’ self tanning lotion, it works awesome and there is no orange tint to it.
Post # 7
@MapleMoose: Thanks! I have a few questions- what is the difference between the st moritz and the st tropez?
Also, how dark does it get you? I actually don’t want to get a dark summer tan, i just wanted to get a few subtle shades darker..
Post # 8
I’ve used a self-tanner from Bath & Body Works and had really good, natural results with it. Some points for application:
Exfoliate well beforehand (make sure there aren’t any dry or flaky areas on your skin.
Apply regular lotion to your knees, elbows, ankles and in between and on your toes. The self-tanner seems to accumulate in these areas and make it look unnatural so by applying regular lotion first, not as much of the self-tanner soaks in.
Then apply regular lotion to your hands (really get in between the fingers and around the nails). This will prevent the self-tanner from coating your palms (or you can wear gloves, but I’ve never gotten good coverage when wearing gloves).
Apply self-tanner to one leg and then immediately wash your hands with soap. Reapply lotion to your hands an then apply self-tanner to your other leg. Wash your hands, reapply lotion and then move to your arms. Etc., etc. until you have all the areas covered.
The biggest drawback I have from self-tanners is the smell – it’s GROSS and I have yet to find one that is appealing. The other drawback – I have never used it on my face, it just seems like it would clog your pores and/or cost streaks (and I’m not willing to risk it on my face).
For sure, I would do a trial run 2 months ahead of time, just so you get an idea of the application process and your results.
Post # 10
@Evie19: I actually got both the St Moriz mousse and the St Tropez mousse. I wasn’t convinced that the $8 St Moriz would work as well as the $30 St Tropez product. I tried them both and I’m really happy with the St Moriz (cheaper) one. On my skin, the tan lasts pretty long as far as self-tanners go — about 4-6 days. I apply the tanner to my face every other or every 2 nights because my face seems to lose the tan faster than my body. I like a more did-she-just-get-back-from-vacation look (not too dark, but nice coverage), so I apply the tanner to my body every 3-5 nights. If I go longer the tan starts to fade. I like this mousse because it’s quick. I just do my arms, chest, neck, and face during the winter.
Post # 11
I love Loreal’s tanning stuff. I forget what it is called but it’s in a brown squeeze bottle. Kinda like a lotion bottle. I used it all the time. Even if you do get streaks, they normally come out in the shower. I put it on my face about 2x a week!