Summer Tanning Essentials 

Summer has hit us with full force this last week!  I’m struggling to keep up with my transitional wardrobe – Since summer is not usually seen until July, this morning I had to dig out from my under bed storage a maxi dress to keep cool.  With the onset of summer weather I have pulled out my Summer tanning ritual as well.


I am a pale individual, and I abhor wrinkles like there’s no tomorrow, so I have been on the self tanner kick for years. Quite honestly it feels like it’s taken years to find the right combination and formulas for the best tan (for me) I can “create”. 

Here’s my weekly routine

Saturday with my daily shower, I exfoliate, with a good scrub – for this exfoliation I use St. Tropez prep, it smells very perfume by the beads are small and do a great job.  Then I lotion up well with my Coconut body butter from Trader Joe’s – that stuff is awesome and will moisturizer the crap out of anything 🙂

Sunday evening – Around 7 for me, since you need a good hour and a half to do this – I take a quick shower to get the grips off, and do one last exfoliation with the Slow it body wash from the – European Wax center – I find it doesn’t leave any lotion-y feel to your skin and that helps with the application.

Once out and I’m sure I’m dry – because no one wants a streaky tan!  I put lotion on my wrists, ankles, elbows, knees, heels and toes – yes toes too! I let it sink in while I’m applying the tanner to my face.

I apply the Tarte Brazillance towelette all over my face,ears, neck and back of neck, while I’m waiting for that to soak in, I start with the St. Tropez one hour tanner on my legs and work my way up. 

The awesome thing about both tanners is they’re very mild and very gradual – I leave the Brazillance on overnight and wake up with a pretty healthy glow in the morning, I rinse the St. Tropez off after an hour – more so later in the summer 🙂 and have a gorgeous non smelly tan when I get up the next day.  

I do exfoliate once or twice during the week and definitely have to keep the tanning up to once a week in the summer time to keep consistent but I have found it to be an easy addition to my beauty routine and aside from the hour or so of trying to find something to do while mostly naked and afraid to sit on anything – lol – it’s really not that bad – OK I’m kidding it is that bad, but it’s what we do right?  I have taken to putting my IPad on the ironing board and scrolling through my social media feeds to pass the time a bit, it work 🙂

I hope you find this helpful, let me know what your Summer tanning routine looks like.

XoXo – Sarah 

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