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The Only Two Products I Use to Keep My Tan All Year Long

Photo by Riany Haffey

I can’t speak for everyone, but I’ve always felt I’m a better person when I’m tan. It sounds silly, and of course it is, but it’s true for so many reasons. When my skin is tan, I have a really healthy glow that doesn’t require much in the way of makeup, and it also helps to mask any imperfections I may be self-conscious about on my body. But even so, I’ve learned over the years just how damaging the sun is, how unhealthy it is to bathe under it all day without the proper protection, and how adding an SPF to your skincare routine makes all the difference long-term.

The want and need for a safer alternative prompted me to seek alternate routes for achieving and maintaining that summer glow all year round, without sacrificing the health of my skin. Naturally, self-tanner is always the obvious choice, which can be a dream of a product when done right. The key is finding one that works for your skin tone and your level of comfort when it comes to the application of the product on your face and body.

I’d consider myself pretty well-versed in the world of self-tanner. If it’s out there, I’ve likely tried it once or twice. For years I’d used the St. Tropez tanning mousse which I really did love, but after a while it felt like more of a chore to apply with the mitt and ensure perfect application, in order to prevent unwanted streaks. Not to mention, I ended up smelling like a bag of Frito Lay chips after the tan dried. I wasn’t even sure it was all that safe or clean from an ingredient standpoint, which I’ve become painfully aware of after my switch to non-toxic self-tanner.

Before finding + LUX UNFILTERED tanning products, I’d thrown away my fair share of half-used bottles. So many in fact, that I was left feeling pretty discouraged over the fact that it took so much work and practice to apply a tan that only sort of resembled the natural glow I’d get from spending my summers on the beach. It wasn’t until Sivan Ayla, a lifestyle blogger I’ve always loved and admired, disrupted the industry with + LUX UNFILTERED, a product line that turned the self-tanner industry on its head.

There are two products from the line I use religiously, and they’ve never disappointed – the No. 32 Gradual Self-Tanning Cream and the No. 12 Bronzing Face Drops. Both products give such a natural glow and are as clean as it gets (paraben-free, gluten-free, etc.). They’re also fragrance-free, which my ultra-sensitive skin loves. Because of the way these two products are used, they fit seamlessly into my everyday skincare routine without needing to set aside additional time for application and drying. Below are some tips on when and how to use each product. I used both religiously the week leading up to our engagement session and was in love with the results and the way the tan photographed. Linking my hoop earrings worn above that were so graciously gifted to me by Aurate a few years ago.

No. 32 Hydrating Gradual Self Tanning Cream

+ Shea Butter
+ Cocoa Butter
+ Almond Oil
+ Passion Fruit Oil
+ Avocado Oil

How I use it: After in-shower exfoliation, on dry, clean skin. Use neck to toes as if it was regular body lotion, working into skin well and in circular motions for an even application. Wash hands once done. Let it dry for 3-5 minutes before putting on clothes or going to sleep. Tan will gradually develop over the next several hours, but I always notice an instant glow. There is little to no transfer on clothes, etc., unlike other self-tanners. Smells of rose-water and shea butter.

No.12 Bronzing Face Drops

+ Pomegranate Extract
+ Coconut Water
+ Passion Fruit Oil
+ Vitamin E
+ Hyaluronic Acid

How I use it: Mix the 3-4 drops for a subtle glow into your moisturizer and apply evenly on neck and face. Up the number of drops based on your desired level of darkness or depending on time of year and your natural base-level skin tone. I use 2-3 times per week on clean, dry skin. Use this as the final step of your routine.

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