Stunning and natural looking tan for fall

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I waved summer good bye quite some time ago, but this time I let my tan stay. Here’s an idea: why not keep your self-tan routine going now that it’s dark and it probably cheers you up even more?

I think a beautiful tan goes perfectly with all the fall makeup trends, oversized knits, warm colors and chai lattes. A lightly tanned skin also looks great with dark lipstick, which can easily make you look a bit pale.

Natural glow for Fall

I’ve never gotten as much compliments on my tan as I have while using Vita Liberata’s products. People are amazed at how natural my tan looks, especially when they hear it comes in a mousse. Though I have to admit that this is the first year I’ve actually managed to maintain my tan pretty much from spring to this day. These products just make it so effortless!

Sure, exfoliating your skin and applying a mousse all over the body takes a few minutes, but at the same time you’re taking care of your body. I can’t be the only one who’s lazy when it comes to bodycare. These products make me excited about it. Fall is all about self care and having cozy evenings at home. Think of this as your bodycare, which lasts for a week and more.

The best self tan products from Vita Liberata

Vita Liberata’s products are cruelty free, 88 % natural and odorless. The color that they give looks very natural. I’ve honestly almost fooled myself. Then I exfoliate my skin and remember that I’m not actually tan -I’m pale (which is a good thing, because I’m not at all about sun damage and wrinkles). The products are easy to use, they don’t have that self-tan odor and they keep the skin soft. They are definitely the best self tanning products I’ve tried.

My favorite product is the Invisi mousse, which gives me the perfect tan in just one night. I’ve also liked the serum for face, the gradual tanning lotion and body blur.

Links are to Oletkaunis.fi store.

Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water (Medium-Dark)

The Invisi Foaming Tan Water is clear and colorless, when applied. It gives a tan in 4-8 hours, though I like to leave it overnight (and my beauty sleep can be a bit more than 8 hours). It’s applied with a mitt using big circular motions. It dries quickly, but not too quickly, so there’s enough time to blend it. I’ve tried a few mousses that dry too fast, cling on to my skin and give me an uneven tan. With this I don’t have to worry about it. It’s surprisingly easy to get an even tan, even though there’s no color in the product.

The beautiful tan lasts for about a week or week and a half. It wears off naturally – I’ve never had any problems with patchy skin or anything.

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How I apply it & pro tip to getting self tan on your back

Remember to exfoliate your skin before applying this and don’t use any lotion under it. Always apply it on dry skin.

I always start from my ankles and go through the whole body, stopping at my arms. I apply it one area at a time. So I go like this: first shins, then my thighs, bottom, lower back, stomach and my sides, decollete, back and finally hands. I apply it to my back using a brush. I simply put the mitt on top of my brush and use that as a tool.

I apply the mousse in the evening, leave it on for the night and in the morning I take a shower. It always feels like a little miracle waking up with a beautiful tan on. My skin also feels soft and hydrated after using it. The foam does contain hydrating plant-based ingredients like aloe vera juice, shea butter and hyaluronic acid.

You can also use this on your face. If you do, just lightly swipe it on with your mitt once you’re done with everything else. Don’t add more product into the mitt – use what’s left in it! A safer bet would be the serum though, I just feel like it’s easier to use on the face.

 

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*Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water, Medium-Dark

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Tan Lotion

The gradual tan lotion is perfect for maintaining the tan or to use by itself for a subtle color. You can go very natural or build up the color by using it many nights in a row.

It’s one of those two-in-one products, since you can replace your body lotion to this and get a nice tan as a bonus. This I would recommend for anyone who’s very pale or scared of self tanners. I also have a feeling it’s gonna be my go-to in winter.

The lotion feels very nourishing and as promised, odorless. It’s key ingredients include aloe vera, shea butter and natural silk.

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*Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Tan Lotion

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti Age Serum

For my face, I like to use products that I can mix in with my skincare routine easily. This Anti Age serum I can mix in with my lotion, which is handy. It has a nice gel-like texture and it applies very smoothly on the skin. It contains natural rose and cucumber extracts as well as marula oil.

I also like that you can customize your tan by using less or more of the product. I usually take a few drops into my lotion, but you could also apply it all over as a serum for a deeper tan.

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*Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti Age Serum

 

Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant Skin Finish

This one I’ve used a few times on my Instagram stories. I love it as a quick fix for my body, when I need a bit of glow and color. It gives an instant tan, that can be washed off.

I like to apply it on my legs and decollete for a party. It’s also good for fixing up the color difference between my face and neck, if my tan has faded. I have a bit of color on my face naturally, but my neck and decollete are very pale. When I use this I can make my neck and decollete match to my face.

There are a few colors available. My shade is Latte Light.

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*Vita Liberata Body Blur Latte Light

And there’s all my favorites from Vita Liberata. I’m sure you’ve heard of the brand by now and I assure you, they’re worth the hype.

 

I also want to wish you a happy fall! Even though it’s usually a busy time for everyone, make sure to take care of yourself and enjoy the little moments. I know I will hold onto my little relaxing tea moments on the balcony, keep my bodycare routine with these products going, I’ll have as many candle lit dinners as possible and I’ll try and get a few rainy walks in my schedule as well.

 

THE BEST SELF-TANNERS FOR FACE & BODY

 

best self tanners for face and body

Products were gifted to me (well, except the Clarins one)*Adlink

A good self-tanner is like an invisible friend. Effortless and trustworthy. It gives you a natural-looking color, it’s comfortable to use and it doesn’t stink. It results in a beautiful tan that fades away smoothly.

When it comes to self-tanners, you want to know what’s good. Absolutely. At least that’s the case with me. Just prior to posting this, I tried a new product (well, actually an old favorite that had a new “improved formula”) and it was a disaster. The scent was horrible, the consistency was sticky and uncomfortable, the color it gave was just okay and I had to shower a few times before I got the smell off of me.

The best self tanners

But hey, I’m ready to take one for the team and test the products for you. And luckily, I have also found a bunch of good self-tanners. The best, really. I use different ones for face and for body. If you have any skin problems whatsoever, I recommend choosing a different one for your face. Also: the face self-tanners you need to apply more often, the body self-tanners last about a week on the skin.

Some of these products are all natural, so if you’re about that organic, natural skincare, here are some good picks for you.

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THE BEST SELF TANNERS FOR FACE

Here are the best self-tanners for face, that I’ve tried and loved. These are all very very light – either toners or tanning drops. Those are the best option, because that leaves room for your regular skincare products. We all have different skin types and needs.

And obviously, these products are approved by my nose as well. Meaning, no smell.

balance me Gradual Tanning Drops

balance me Gradual Tanning Drops

These balance me gradual tanning drops are amazing. They are easy to use: just mix a few drops in your moisturizer and apply all over your face and neck. I love the fact that you can choose how dark you want to go, depending on how many drops you use. 1-3 drops gives you a natural tan whereas 3-6 drops give you a more intense color. This product is also soothing and moisturizing with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. And it doesn’t smell like anything.

I use this in the evening after my normal skincare routine, together with my moisturizer. If I’ve just used self tanner on my body, this is the product I use to make my face match my body (then I just apply 3-6 drops).

I love to travel with this. Also, that way I don’t get the temptation to lay on the beach and sunbathe, since I already have the tan I’m looking for. The size that I have is a sample size, that I got from the lookfantastic 2018 Advent Calendar, but the normal size 30ml is still good for travel!


US/CA: *balance me Gradual Tanning Drops
UK: *balance me Gradual Tanning Drops
EU: *balance me Gradual Tanning Drops

 

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Clarins Golden Glow Booster drops are another good choice for face.  As with the balance me drops, you apply a few drops to your moisturizer and you can decide how deep of a color you want. Easy! These drops also contain aloe vera. I think this was my first ever self-tanner for face that actually worked.

Also, this packaging is a winner for me. Luxurious and beautiful, but then again, that’s Clarins.

*Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Zuii Organic Gradual Self Tan Face Water

Zuii Organic Gradual Tan Face Water

I would recommend Zuii Organic’s Gradual Tan Face Water toner for anyone, who is scared of self tanners. You can not go wrong with this one! The color it gives is not as intense (but you can build it up gradually during a few days) and looks super natural. The consistency is a light, watery gel. It feels nice and light on the skin and has lots of natural moisturizing ingredients in it such as bamboo juice and jojoba esters.

This is a toner and I use it before applying my lotion. I apply this with my fingers. It’s the perfect everyday tan color.

*Zuii Organic Gradual Tan Face Water

Eco By Sonya Firming Cacao Mousse and Face Tan Water Review

Eco By Sonya Face Tan Water

Eco By Sonya’s Face Tan Water is a classic. I used this last year and actually wrote a review on it here already. It’s pretty similar to Zuii’s Gradual Tan Face Water, except it gives a deeper color and the consistency feels like a normal face toner. This is also suitable for all skin types, even acne. Contains Aloe Vera and hyaluronic acid.

This I recommend applying with a cotton pad.

Pro tip: if you want to tone down the color a bit, wet your cotton pad with water before applying tan water in it.

*Eco By Sonya Face Tan Water

THE BEST SELF-TANNERS FOR BODY

These are the best self-tanners for body that I’ve found so far. They are all mousses, and it’s not a coincidence. Mousses are very lightweight, so they absorb to the skin nicely and don’t feel sticky. With self-tanners it’s important that the experience is comfortable and the self-tanner feels almost like nothing on the skin.

None of these products smell like your usual DHA. I can not stand that smell and that was one of the criteria in choosing these as the best products.

One thing about showering with these tanning mousses though – don’t use any soap when you shower. The color will continue to deepen during a few hours (or during the night in my case, since I always use these in evening) so you don’t want to accidentally rub off the DHA off of your skin.

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Vita Liberata Foaming Tan Water Invisi

This is the newest one I’ve tried and it’s my absolute favorite. It dries super quickly and feels like nothing on the skin. Still it gives a beautiful, even, natural looking tan. I apply this in the evening and wake up with a perfect tan. This I’ve used lately and gotten a lot of compliments on my tan!

 

*Vita Liberata Invisi

 

minetan violet self tan 1 hour tan

minetan Ultra Dark Violet

This I actually mentioned here briefly already, when I wrote about stretch marks. This self tanning foam is my favorite product for the body right now. It’s so good. It’s making me think, that I don’t ever have to try a spray tan. I feel like the results with this look professional enough.

I usually leave this on for 1,5 and that gives me a nice color. You can leave it on for 1-3 hours depending on how dark you want to go.

US/CA: *minetan Ultra Dark Violet Foam
UK: *minetan Ultra Dark Violet Foam
EU: *minetan Ultra Dark Violet Foam

Eco by sonya firming cacao mousse before after

Eco By Sonya Cacao Firming Mousse

This was the product that made me fall in love with mousses. This natural firming mousse is as good as it sounds. It’s easy to apply, it feels comfortable on the skin and it gives a natural looking tan. This would be beginner-friendly, because the color doesn’t develop as quickly as with the two other products. I usually leave this on for 2-3 hours and I get about the same color I get with the other products during 1,5 hours.

*Eco By Sonya Cacao Firming Mousse

 

P.S. My bikinis are from Esprit (similar *here). Shorts are men’s *Levi’s 501 shorts (I wear size 29).

I will possibly update this list as I find new good ones. What’s your favorite self-tanner for face and for body?

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