Tips + Tricks and my Favourite Self Tanner!

If you have been following me for a little over a year or so, you have heard me talk about this brand. I am a spray tan junky, just like i’m a skincare junky, lol. I am constantly trying to find brands (skincare, lotions, perfumes etc) that are clean. It’s important to me. This particular brand I found at Sephora. They are called Isle Of Paradise and they are Vegan, Cruelty free, and Organic!

Ainsley and Dale showing off their spray tans

Before ever applying self tanner, you want to be sure to prep your skin the right way. Over the years of doing this, I’ve learned some tips and tricks along the way.

First things first, Exfoliate your skin. After you shave, you want to take the extra step and exfoliate your body! Get alllll the dead skin cells off. I hand make my own to be honest. Instant coffee, sugar, and coconut oil. Cheap AND hydrating! No but really Its the best. Not to mention caffeine is good for cellulite 😉 I just store mine in a tupperware and leave in the corner of my shower. PS, this is good for if you ever want to exfoliate a tan away as well!

After that you will want to lather yourself up in a rich fragrance free body lotion. This step is cruuuutial for the longevity of your tan. I always do this step at night right before bed so when I wake up in the morning my body is hydrated! This is SO important because if you just apply self tanner to your body right after exfoliating, it will leave you patchy because the tanner will cling to dry spots.

Isle of Paradise self tanning drops

These facial drops are probably my favourite product invention ever. Seriously, I used to hate applying any kind of mousse on my face because 1) it was messy and 2) it always broke me out. When Isle Of Paradise came out with these tanning serum drops, i HAD to have them! They are fragrance free, and you add in anywhere from 4-12 drops into your moisturizer depending on how dark you want your tan. I use shade medium for my face. I always do half of a vile for those of you who have this product or will buy it afterwards! half a vile is perfect for me + my skin tone. The cool thing about this product is the “green colour” It’s a colour correcting active and it CANCELS red tones and give the perfect medium golden tan.

Sometimes I choose not to tan my entire body, I’ll do my face, neck, chest and arms since hellllooooo its winter and our legs are covered when we step outside. This spray is so perfect for those times! I can quickly spray it all over those areas needed and since its clear, it will develop over a few hours.. So i typically do this in the morning. It’s a genius product for people who are on the go and don’t have a ton of time, cause you can spray it on the desired area and by the end of the day, you have a dark tan!

Thissssss. This one is my all over tan. My “I have an event and need to look dark AF tan” LOL. Its DARK. but amazing. Scroll further for my B/A. Its a mousse, you apply it with your mitt and you leave it to develop. This one is Ultra Dark but it comes in all shades! I will post my before and after down below. Left is right before application and right is the following day AFTER my shower. It’s amazing. With my tips for my pre-tan, I can make my tan last anywhere between 5-10 days. Following application, you want to be sure to drink lots of water and always apply a fragrance free moisturizer following your showers to keep your tan hydrated and long lasting!

Let me know if you try this brand out in the comments, you wont be dissapointed!


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