Poolside in Dubai (via Girl x Garment)

Alright guys, let's talk about tanning. Specifically, how to get safe, sunless color.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you all probably know how horrible tanning in the sun or in a tanning bed is for you and your skin. If you prefer to tan naturally in the sun or via a tanning bed, then that's your decision! It's your skin and your body. I'm not here to act as your mother and lecture you. You do you. Just make sure you know the risks!

SO. Sunless tanning. Get all the bad connotations and fears of orange-skin out of your head right now. 

I'll start by saying that I am naturally very very fair-skinned and I'm totally okay with that. BUT there's nothing wrong with wanting to look a little bronzed for the summer or during/after a vacation. Additionally, because I am a model, clients often ask that we have a tan for some jobs. Soo since I'm such a sunscreen devotee & I want to take the best care of my skin, I'm that girl at the beach/pool under the umbrella and covered in sunscreen and probably also wearing a big floppy hat. And then I get my tan the safer way: specifically, with Vita Liberata.

This. stuff. is. incredible. Forget all the horrors of sunless tanning (streakiness, uneven tan, unnatural color, orange hands, etc). The last time I used this people couldn't believe it wasn't a natural tan. And I'm very upfront about the fact that I don't *ever* tan naturally because it's so bad for the skin. I'll choose healthy, happy, wrinkle and cancer-free skin every time, thanks!

Before & After Sunless Tan (via Girl x Garment)

[My natural color vs. the morning after applying Vita Liberata]

Heads up: I am not sponsored or being paid in any way by Vita Liberata, I have just tried a lot of self-tanner methods and this one is by far the best. My second favorite is definitely St Tropez sunless tanner, but it doesn't last nearly as long as Vita Liberata does on my skin. 

I use the mousse & mitt in the darkest option. Application is super easy and ridiculously quick (they have an online how-to video) and it dries almost instantly (I've piled on the white clothing afterwards and, unless you go workout and get sweaty immediately after applying, this stuff does not transfer at all). Post-shower it barely fades, and then you can workout all you want because there will be zero transfer no matter how much you sweat. My favorite way to apply is before I go to bed, so I wake up with a tan. I go to bed probably one-two minutes after applying and it doesn't get on sheets and doesn't dry weirdly due to sleep. After one application, it looks like the photo above. And it lasts. After two applications, you're tan for at least a week, often two weeks (especially if you apply a 3rd time). It fades very naturally, too. Also, I don't exfoliate/moisturize before I tan. I just put the stuff right on my body. Maybe it would last longer if I did that but I prefer that the whole process take as little time as possible so I just do it this way and it takes me maybe 5 minutes. Super lazy tan.

I'm always curious to hear what products you guys have used and if you have any horror stories (ha), so let me know! Cheers


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