Step-by-step sunless tanning lotion routine, I am going to show you exactly how to achieve a natural blended smooth looking tan, so let's get started. There are three steps you are going to want to do before you self-tan: a shower, shave, and exfoliate. A loofah when washing your body in the shower because it will help to gently exfoliate; shaving also acts as an exfoliator, but more importantly, it's going to remove any hair that you have so the sunless tanning won’t stick to every single little hair particle on your body, and you won’t have little tiny dots all over your legs from each individual hair.
#1 Use Turbinado Sugar
Use a turbinado sugar to exfoliate your entire body. If you are going to use sugar, I recommend the turbinado sugar because it is the best for blending the body. I love it because I don't have to go out and spend a lot of money on an exfoliator and it works well. You can use the turbinado sugar on your entire body including your face because it doesn't give you any sensitivities and it works. When you are done applying the turbinado sugar you can move on. Do not moisturize in between showering and sunless tanning, which is very important. So with dry skin you are going to use this product “loving tan tow hour express”. I've read about this; I absolutely love it because you only leave it on for two hours, and it looks so natural and it's easy to blend.
#2 Use a Morphe Brush to Apply Loving Tan
Then, you are going to use a morphe synthetic hairbrush or something similar. The morphe is going to be your lifesaver when it comes to blending and sunless tanning. You can start with your face. I do not recommend using a stylist. Test it out on your face to see if it works and if you have a reaction to it; loving tan does not give me any sensitivity, it doesn't break me out, and it works beautifully on my skin. I trust it after I've tested it out. You are going to blend it all around your face and I always do my upper lip and my eye area last because I don't want those to pick up too much pigment otherwise it can look messy.
#3 Body Lotion
As a little trick, you can use any kind of body lotion. I use the blissful body lotion, which is my favorite. You are going to apply the body lotion all over your entire hands including your both wrists front and back, the heels of your feet, your entire foot, your ankles; your kneecaps, and your elbows. The body lotion is going to help the blending process so you won't have blotchy hands because you can easily get sometimes.
#4 Sunless Tanning Mitt
Using a sunless tanning mitt applicator to blend your loving tan, when you get to your wrists you can pull out your morphe brush to make it easier to blend both wrists. I love the loving tan because if it looks blotchy as you're applying; it won't look blotchy when you shower it off, so you don't have to worry about making it looks perfect. You can just blend it as good as you can and if you still have some blotchiness it's fine because when you shower it all will look good.
#5 Tanning Your Neck and Your Chest
I use a synthetic brush to do my neck and my chest. I know from experience that it ends up looking so much better in the end as opposed to doing my neck or chest with the mitt. To do your legs, take your body lotion and just rub it all over your entire foot: focusing on your ankles because that's such a difficult place to blend sunless tanner and have it not looking blotchy. I will use about three to four pumps and put it directly on the mitt, then begin to massage it on the entire leg starting at my calf and going all the way upward and down towards the ankle. Once you have reached the ankle and the foot area, you will take half a pump and put it directly on your brush, then begin to blend. Applying the body lotion first is going to help the process because it acts as a barrier and it helps everything to blend easier as opposed to dry skin. Loving tan picks up all of the pigment when you put the lotion first.
Now that you are so much darker, you can go chill and watch a movie and wait for the loving tan to develop. The sunless tanning looks its best in about 1 to 2 hours before showering it off.