self tanner gone wrong.

     So I have always been fair-skinned. Pale skin. Light eyes. Burns easily. Sometimes the universe just isn’t fair to say the least. I have always wanted to have tanned skin. It just something about that nice glow. Although looking back at some summer pictures I realized that I was a little darker than I gave myself credit for but I’ve never been as dark as I’ve wanted to be.

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Working in the medical field has made me scared of tanning beds. I was scared of them before because of all of the prolonged health risks but seeing in live and in action, it’s just not for me. In the past I have tanned for a month out of the year  just enough to get my base tan so that I don’t burn as bad during the summer and I just try to avoid artificial sun as much as possible. Skin cancer. Blindness. Wrinkles. All stuff that I don’t want. I have thought of spray tanning but even then I was afraid of being orange. Although they have improved their products of the years and they really do give off more of a bronzed look versus an orange one. So naturally my ultimate decision was to try a self tanner- and even those I’ve heard was just as iffy as the spray tan- but spray tanning will probably be my next option. Leave it to the professionals, you know?

So I used a brand called “Tanwise” and at the time it was buy one get one half off so I purchased both the spray and the lotion thinking they would be the least messiest options…. I was wrong. I tried so hard to self apply the tanning spray and all it did was drip all of the floor and it was so splotchy looking on my skin. I thought it was just going to glide right on and it just was not working and then I tried to apply the lotion overtop of it to try to even it out and for some really the lotion just was not absorbing into my skin. I honestly almost had a panic attack because I was getting the bathroom so messy and my skin was looking rough. I immediately jumped back into the shower and did my  best to rinse as mush off as possible. After that it looked pretty even though.. Surprisingly. I was a little browner but not too noticeably but it was also after like 10 minutes of soaking in i guess haha. It was a little bit of a disaster not going to lie but did that stop me from trying again? No, no it didn’t.

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I mentioned our Florida trip in my recent posts. Well the first day down there I told my friend that I wanted her to spray the tan on me, thinking that maybe i just wasn’t angled right or I was too close or something. Well she started spraying and we used a towel to sort of rub it in so I didn’t look like I was having tiger stripes or something. I did the thing where I put the lotion on top to try to smooth it all out and it happened again! It just wasn’t going into my skin like I thought it would. I looked like the peanut butter baby, no joke!

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So although I survived these two miss-fires I decided that my best option was to do my body in sections and either use a microfiber towelette or a self-tanning mitten to gently spread the product around for full coverage. I also decided to watch more reviews on products before using them to know how to properly apply. As for the product itself, I would recommend it but please read directions and watch reviews before using to make sure you know what your getting into! It didn’t at all make me orange, it was a nice brown shade and I was pleased with my color!

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