I’ll let you in on a secret: I recently spent seven days on an island covered in SPF and promptly returned home to fake my vacation glow. Safety first, ladies! No one knew…until now. Here’s how to fake your own flawless (self) tan:
1. Cleanse. Use something gentle like Caldrea Aloe Water Apricot Body Wash ($18). Minneapolis-based Caldrea knows a thing or two about the perfect fragrance. This one is so good that I have contemplated showering multiple times per day. It’s free-radical fighting extracts are an added bonus.
2.Exfoliate. Undoubtedly the most important step before you strut around in your sundresses. A daily date with a natural-bristled body brush, like this one by Earth Therapeutics ($10), will brighten your skin and assist with a smooth application of self tanner.
3. Bronze. After cleansing and exfoliating, apply a self-tanner. Our long-time favorite at BB is bareMinerals Faux Tan Face ($24) & Body ($26). Both yield a natural-looking, non-orange shade without any unfortunate odor. We’ve managed to avoid all self-tanner catastrophes with this brand!
4. Moisturize. Your tan will look less faux and last longer if you keep your skin moisturized! I like something affordable and effective, such as Nivea Body Smooth Sensation ($8).
Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.