Self Tanning Routine

Self Tanning Routine

Self Tanning Routine | Vita Liberata | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin

Self Tanning Routine | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin


I’ve always been super pale, as you have probably noticed. Finally, after a few years of attempting to get a real tan, I’ve accepted my inability to. So this year I tried out a self tanner. Surprisingly, I really loved it! I was pretty nervous about it looking streaky and orange, but it came out perfectly natural looking. Plus it is 100% better for your skin than laying out in the sun. How could I not love it?

Today I am sharing my self tanning routine. It is almost too simple, but I thought it would still be fun to share. I know when I started I searched the internet for self tanning tips.


Self Tanning Routine Before and After | Love, Hannah Lee by Hannah Martin


I am currently using Vita Liberata ‘Fabulous’ Self Tanning Gradual Lotion. Which is honestly the best self tanning lotion I have tried. I have never had an issue with streaks, splotches, or looking like an oompa loompa or a cheeto. On a serious note, the color is always natural looking. If you’re looking for something less expensive, the Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is a great option. 

*P.S. the before and after photo above is after one use with zero self tanner on the before photo. You can build up the color with consistent use.


This, aside from the actual tanning, is the most important step. I simply exfoliate with a loofah and my usual body wash to get rid of any dead or dry skin. Remember to give a little extra exfoliation love to areas that tend to be drier; like elbows and knees. Also be sure to shave! You don’t want to be shaving the tan off your legs a day or two after.

2. Tan

Since I use a gradual tanning lotion, I put this on like I would any other lotion. Actually, I do pay a little more attention to my placement with tanning lotion, but you get the point. On areas like my knees, elbows, and the tops of my feet and hands, I use the lotion sparingly to avoid any strange or unnatural coloring.

Once you’ve applied the tanning lotion, be sure to wash your hands right after. Trust me, you don’t want orange self tanner palms. After I wash my hands I like to place a small dot of tanning lotion on the back of one of my hands and rub it in by rubbing the backs of my hands together.

3. Sleep

This is the easiest part. Seriously, you just have to go to bed. They say to let your tan develop for 4-8 hours, which I suppose you could do during the day, but it is so much easier to do at night! Be sure to wear loose clothing to avoid any marks.

4. Maintain

Once your tan has developed, all that is left to do is maintain it. I try to moisturize my skin every night, but realistically it happens every couple of days. My favorite moisturizer is the classic Aveeno Daily Moisturizing lotion. I have pretty sensitive skin, especially after shaving, and this lotion never leaves my skin irritated or uncomfortable.


What is your favorite self tanning product?


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