I’m sure it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I’m super pale. Or maybe it is surprising, considering the amount of times in my life I’ve had someone point out “wow, you’re so pale!” or “oh my gosh, your skin is so fair!” as if I didn’t already know, haha. I’ve spent a large portion of my life wishing I would magically wake up one day tanned (and yes, I do know having fair skin is all fine and dandy- I just like the look of a healthy tan, too) and thanks to the creation of self tanners, I can do just that!
Of course, self tanners are nothing new- but there are ALWAYS new self tanners. The formulas are always improving. I think back to the first time I ever saw a self tanner, and it was when I was like 12 and my mom had bought a bottle for a wedding we were going to. It was a dual sided bottle that dispersed a lotion and a tanning agent at the same time from separate tubes when you squeezed the bottle. It was weird. And I’m pretty sure it made her totally orange, so there’s that, haha. Self tanners have come a LONG way and I have a few favorites that don’t make my pale little self orange at all.
My newest favorite is the Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion. Upon first getting this to try out, I had never heard of the brand. Turns out, their product formulas are packaged with organic botanicals and natural ingredients which are accredited by the Soil Association. They’re also paraben, sulfate, phthalate, GMO, alcohol and fragrance-free. Sounds pretty good to me!
How did the Self Tanning Gradual Lotion work, though? AMAZINGLY. I was totally under the impression that because the name had gradual in it, this would be a tan that would slowly build up over a week or so of use. I applied this later in the afternoon, and the next morning- much to my surprise- I woke up a bronzed goddess! I wasn’t expecting this to have developed so much overnight, because as I mentioned before- I was totally under the impression that it was going to build up after a few uses. The picture below is after a single application, and taken in the same light to get the best before/after comparison possible.
The tan looked SO natural (which can be hard to come by when you’re super pale like me) and it didn’t build up orange in the dry/weirdly shaped spots that it usually does when I use other tanners (ie- elbows, knees, ankles). I was SO impressed, honestly. My tan lasted about a week and faded very nicely. When I got my nails done earlier last week, the ladies complimented how nicely tanned I looked! They were also impressed when I told them it was a fake tan ;)
So, a little on the actual product and application… it goes on clear and like a lotion, which I found a bit scary because I didn’t have the color guides to show me where I’d already applied. I used my St Tropez mitt to apply this and just rubbed everything in as if I was applying a body lotion, and I guess it worked out pretty well because I only ended up missing a random patch at the very top of my leg. I mixed a little bit of this with a facial moisturizer and put it on my face as well, and that didn’t break me out or cause irritation to my usually sensitive skin. It doesn’t have that gross, strong self-tan scent that a lot of self tanners do, and the barely-there scent that it does have didn’t stick to my skin for the whole length of the tan.
All in all, I am in love with this self tanner. I think this will probably be my go-to this summer, because while application was a little scary with no color guides, it came out super even and it was very moisturizing. For me, the color it gave was the perfect amount of tan for my pale self, but for my friends who aren’t quite so pale, this may be a bit light for you. Vita Liberata also offers a tanning mousse and lotion that come in fair/medium/dark options (that also claim to last 2-3 weeks… ummmm, yes please!) if you are wanting something darker than what the Self Tanning Gradual Lotion offers. I may just try one of those when I run out of this lotion, because the idea of not having to apply self tan for two weeks, or potentially longer, sounds pretty awesome!
Do you ever use self tanner?