Self Tanner – Fake Bake Flawless
Well Spring is here!! Along with spring comes spring dresses. What goes best with a nice spring dress, that’s right legs! In my case really white legs! those little ladies haven’t seen the sun in awhile. Back in the day I would probably be running to the tanning booth. However now that I’m slightly wiser and older I’ll say slightly older I know better. I thought I would give Fake Bake Flawless a shot. I just love the name, makes me me smile just typing it.
I always have a slight hesitation with self tanners. We have all heard and probably seen people who have used it incorrectly or used too much. Nothing says classy like orange skin. My skin actually turned a slight orange color when I was a kid from eating too many carrots, but that’s a story for another day. Back to the Fake Bake Flawless. So I didn’t come out guns blazing, I took my time and applied a small amount a few hours before bed, just on my legs. I used some tips from a helpful review on Amazon listed below. The results were great! I applied it two nights in a row and was happy with the color. The product has a slight coconut smell, and I thought it dried fast.
With any self tanner I wouldn’t be going to bed on your best white sheets, as you may get some transfer. I would also strongly recommend trying this on a weekend, and not right before a big event. It will give you a good indication on how your application skills were and what the color looks like on your skin.
To get the brown, amazing results that most reviewers gush about for this product… it’s not hard. Here are some steps to follow.
Step 1: Shave and exfoliate with a Baiden mitten or a similar Turkish bath mitt. If you don’t know what it is, promptly go purchase it and use it and be amazed. UPDATE 4/28/2014: Dry brushing thoroughly prior to entering the shower is also adequate exfoliation
Step 2: Take some scissors and snip off a bit more than an inch of the spray bottle attachment that came with the product, and put the modified attachment onto the bottle. This WILL prevent all leaking.
Step 3: Rub body cream (I use bliss Body Butter, Lemon + Sage, the BEST cream EVER) into your elbows, knees, ankles, and knuckles. Let it dry.
Step 4: Apply Fake Bake Flawless as per the directions, using the gloves and the mitt, spraying on the mitt and then LIGHTLY buffing the color all over (it’s probably best to put a tiny dab of body lotion on your knees and elbows and ankles).
Step 5: This is my personal step that really helps me as an extremely pale person get a beautiful, even, brown tan. Everyone hates the tell-tale splotching on hands/feet that give away the fact that you’re wearing a store bought tan. I highly recommend that every pale someone purchase a product called XEN-TAN Blending Balm. Once you’re done applying the tanner all over, including hands and feet, take your blending balm and go over your elbows, ankles, knuckles, sides of feet/hands, and wrists. I usually don’t need Blending Balm on my knees when I use body butter. This will prevent the tan from developing into too-dark territory.