There is nothing we enjoy more than a long day spent on a beautiful beach sunbathing. However, we are not naïve to the dangers of sun exposure.
We always wear sunscreen when we are in our bikinis, whether for pure enjoyment or for shooting purposes. Furthermore, we wear a moisturizer with SPF on our face and neck every single day, even when we have no plans to sit outside in the sun. Our favorite body sunscreen is Kiehl’s, while our favorite facial suncreen is Neutrogena.
We receive many questions about our tanning methods and truthfully, we are all natural. We do not use tanning oils or tanning beds. In fact, we strongly advise against the use of tanning beds. Recent studies have shown that 450,000 skin cancer cases each year can be attributed to indoor tanning.
However, we do encourage using alternative tanning methods to mimic a sunkissed glow. We have been experimenting over the past few weeks to find products we can recommend. Generally, we found that gels are too streaky and often produce an unnaturally dark color. Mousses should also be avoided for the same reason and they are also hard to blend.
Our favorite self tanning product is by far, St. Tropez ‘Everyday’ Gradual Tan for Body. It smells significantly better than the other tanning products we tested and it produces a nice, even glow. We also like Neutrogena Sunless Tanning Spray Micro Mist.
Before applying your self tanner, exfoliate well in the shower and shave, if needed. Apply the lotion after the shower just as you would with any moisturizer. Be careful around the elbows, knees, and ankles as those are the areas where the most dry skin is located that can suck up the color. Applying the tanning spray is very simple as well, even better if you can have a friend help you reach the tricky areas like the back. Make sure to wash your hands after using any self tanner, focusing in between the fingers.
Safe tanning ladies!