Glow, Glow, Glow with your Ho Ho Ho!

I have a confession to make-I am a former sun worshipper. I know what you’re thinking, “The wrinkles! The fine lines! The hyperpigmentation!” Don’t worry, I have those thoughts too as I stare at my skin in my 5x magnified mirror. BTW, I firmly believe that magnified mirrors were created by the devil-do I really need to see my pores that close up?

I changed my evil ways and swear by SPF 30 (my favorite: laboratoire remède translucent uv coat spf 30)

I’ve given up my tanning habit, but I still love a good sun-kissed glow. What’s a girl to do? Browse the self-tanner aisle in the drugstore? *GAG* I’ve tried other self-tanners before and made some not so cute mistakes. I’ve looked splotchy, streaky, striped, and smelled stinky (sounds more like the seven dwarves than self-tanning, no?).

streaky, smelly, stinky.....

streaky, smelly, stinky.....

Although going to the spa is fabulous, $$ is tight right now, so I created a scrub + color treatment at home.

This three-part treatment starts with head-to-toe exfoliation, which sloughs away dead skin cells so the tan application goes on smooth and splotch-free.

The next step is a light application of body butter. Lightly moisturizing before self-tanning makes the tan absorb evenly. Have you ever put on self-tanner and your knees are three shades darker than your shins? A light application of body butter will prevent that. Plus, it leaves you skin soft and smooth all day.

The last step features the self-tanning superstar-a tan for all seasons. This amazing self-tanner is smartly packaged in an aerosol can (HELLO, 360 degrees of spraying power!). It’s great for getting all those hard-to-reach spots. The best part-it’s a simple spray and rub. The tanning agent sprays on purple-just rub it into your skin!

TIP: When you’re done rubbing the self-tanner in, wash your hands thoroughly. I like using an anti-bacterial hand sanitizer before washing my hands. I don’t know why, but this ensures that my hands will be tan-free.

The first time I ever used a tan for all seasons, I impatiently stared at my forearm waiting for the magical tanning to happen. I may or may not have fully read the directions first (the tan develops over a few hours). Oops! I went to bed that night fearing that I would wake up looking like an Oompa Loompa.

self-tanner gone wrong

self-tanner gone wrong

I was wrong! The results? Soft, supple skin and a bronzing even Gisele would be jealous of.

Want to look like you just got back from the Bahamas? You can recreate this look at home with the ‘tan’s’ best friend set.

Don’t forget:

-exfoliate
-moisturize
-spray, rub, and let it set
-wash your hands immediately!

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About karenglidden

My name is Karen Glidden and I’m the web content coordinator for Bliss. I will be the primary author of Bliss n Tell. For all your beautification needs, please refer to blissworld.com My background is not beauty related at all. I graduated from Boston University and worked at Starbucks for many years climbing their corporate ladder. Pre-Bliss, my idea of a milky cleanser was the residue left on my face after making cappuccinos all day. I’ve been with Bliss since October 2007 and have been converted into a product worshipper. I’m the MacGyver of skincare. I love inventing new uses to beauty products. You’ll find me putting toner on my legs to help with dry skin, wearing my glamour gloves on the subway to smooth my hands, and using skincare in my hair to tame flyaways. Oh, did I mention that I’m totally frugal. Yes, this little Bliss girl is a ‘recessionista’ for sure (hey, I still have student loans to pay off!) My skin type is normal. I’m not particularly breakout prone unless it’s stress related or hormonal. I’m not too oily, but sometimes dry all over depending on the weather. I’ve got an even skin tone and not too many fine lines, wrinkles, or hyperpigmentation. I have some sun damage from years of sun-worshipping sans SPF, my greatest skincare regret in life. My biggest skin concern are fine lines/wrinkles around my eyes and laugh lines around my mouth. Oh, and some uh….cellulite on my bum/thighs. Yes, I am human (you can stop pointing and laughing now, thanks!). My Favorite Bliss Product: I can’t choose just one. It’s a tie between Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask and A Tan For All Seasons Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask is my five minute beauty fix for just about everything (breakouts, dull/tired skin, dryness). A Tan For All Seasons is my best friend. It’s a stink-free tan in a can. I cannot live without a sun-kissed glow all year (without the UV damage, of course!)
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