Southern Mom Loves: Get Your Summer Glow NOW! {How to Prep Your Face for Self-Tanner}

Get Your Summer Glow NOW! {How to Prep Your Face for Self-Tanner}

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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Spring is here! Although it's still a bit chilly where I am, I just can't wait to get my summer glow on. You've seen how pale I am, and being pale accentuates every one of my skin imperfections, from dark undereye circles to splotchy freckles. I wear foundation frequently throughout the winter, but when summer rolls around, I opt for a tan. Having a tan just makes me feel more confident in my bare skin (also, Southern summers are not kind to makeup!)

In today's post, I'll show you how to prep your face for a flawless self-tan, show you what I use, and give you a ton of tips and tricks to get you glowing like it's already summer!

Self-tanners come in a few types:
  • Spray tan, which imparts immediate color.
  • Self-tanners, which develop within a few hours. Use once for full color.
  • Gradual self-tanners, which develop a light, buildable color.
I prefer gradual by far since I'm so pale. I would rather build up a light color to my preference than wake up with something I'm not happy with. I've been using JERGENS® Natural Glow® products off and on since they came out. I was intrigued that I could get a gradual self-tan from a daily body lotion.

All of the products come in two formulas: Fair to Medium, and Medium to Dark. You choose your shade based on your natural skin tone or your starting point. You smooth it on evenly and thoroughly just as you would any after-shower moisturizer, and in a few days, you'll see a warm, natural-looking color develop. You just use it daily until you've achieved the desired level of color, then continue to reapply 2 to 3 times a week to maintain it.

I picked up a couple of products for my summer glow sessions. For body, I grabbed JERGENS® Natural Glow® +PROTECT Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20 (for incidental sun only) to get a neck-to-toe glow.

For my face, I picked up JERGENS® Natural Glow® FACE Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20 (also for incidental sun only), formulated specifically for the face. I'll be using this one for the self-tanner prep tutorial.

There is a coupon out right now on the product packages that can save you some bucks, so look for the sticker below and "Save $3.00 on any 2 full-size Jergens® Natural Glow® Products (Offer excludes trial and travel sizes)" SWEET, SWEET DEAL!

There is some preparation you should always do with any self-tanner to get the most even, natural-looking application, and I'll show you just what you should do! Check out my video below to learn how to prep your face for self-tanner!

And here are my results after 3 days! I feel great when my skin looks great, and I just apply mascara and lipgloss to complete my glowing summer look!


For face:
  • Exfoliate your face with your favorite exfoliation treatment, then clean thoroughly.
  • Splash your face with cold water or run an ice cube over it to help close your pores beforehand.
  • Do not drink or brush your teeth right after applying self-tanner to your face.
  • If you have bleached or pale hair, apply moisturizer to your hairline before tanning to keep from staining your hair.
  • Apply all over your face, even around your eyes, from hairline to under the jaw, ears, neck (front and back), and chest to get a more natural-looking application.
  • Avoid washing your face for at least six hours.
  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Harsh cleansers and acne medication can strip away the color.
  • Moisturize daily.
  • When your color starts to fade, exfoliate and start again!
For body:
  • If you wax, wait at least 24 hours after waxing to apply a self-tanner or it won't take. 
  • Shower with warm water and clean your skin using plain soap. 
  • Exfoliate with a sponge, pouf, or loofah. 
  • Shave. It will help exfoliate and applying a self-tanner on top of hair will make it spotty. 
  • Dry off completely and apply immediately after your shower. 
  • Apply moisturizing lotion in light amounts on your knees, elbows, knuckles, and feet. It will help stop those areas from getting too dark. Use self-tanner sparingly on those areas. 
  • Use gloves, a self-tanning mitt, or wash hands after applying. 
  • To apply to the backs of hands, use a washcloth with a little self-tanner on it. 
  • It's best to self-tan before bed so the color has time to develop undisturbed. 
  • If you have an area that has gotten too dark, exfoliate during your next shower to lighten it.

You can find all of the JERGENS® Natural Glow® products at your local Walmart store in the Health & Beauty section, or online here. To learn about all of the (many, amazing) Natural Glow® products, check out the JERGENS® website.

I hope my prep tutorial, tips, and tricks will help you get the glow of your dreams.


Have you ever used a self-tanner? How does having a summer glow make you feel? Will you be trying any of the Natural Glow® products? I love to read your comments!

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