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I don’t know about you, but I don’t bother to keep up on my tan all winter. I’m typically bundled up or wearing pants and long sleeves, so it really doesn’t matter to me as much as it does in the summertime. I have to admit, I also get a bit lazier this time of year! It's something about the cold weather, hot tea, couch and Netflix. I know I can't be the only one!
Living in Southern California in the winter time is kind of cheating in a way. Our winters aren't nearly as cold as some and where I am, I don't see snow except for when I turn on the news. It will be 80 outside one day and 50 the next so I never know when I'll have to ditch the sweater for a dress. I'm lucky, but I can also be unprepared for showing some tanless leg. I like to have a little bit of a tan if I'll be sporting shorts or a dress!
I’ve learned a few tricks to keep my winter fake tan lasting and since I don’t like to be as dark this time of year, I can totally get it to stretch a few more days and make it last longer.
First thing I think is crucial for self tanning is to exfoliate. I exfoliate at least twice a week. I use exfoliating cloths in the shower and I dry brush regularly.
You also have to moisturize. Over moisturize if you really want too! Moisturizing helps prolong your fake tan and helps keep your skin from drying out in the colder weather. Plus, it’s a really good habit to have! I’ve been using body oil or my lotion right after I get out of the shower while my skin is still a bit warm. It seems to help my skin stay moisturized and if I do it right away, I don’t forget!
I really think the products you use make a difference. I use different products in the summer than in the winter because I’m going for different colors and intensities. I like using gradual tanning products like the Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer in the winter because they don’t develop too quickly and they leave you with a natural looking tan. Something else I’ve noticed about gradual tanning lotions is that they look a lot more natural than other tanners. I personally like lotions because they tend to apply more evenly for me, but that's totally a preference!
If you don't want to go the self tanning route or you don't have time, you can always add some bronzer into your lotion, or pick up a bronzing lotion! I've tried the bronzer trick a few times when I was in a pinch and it worked really well! You have to make sure you're completely dry and still have to watch out for any transfer. As for bronzing lotions, I've found that most have a little bit of shimmer to them and a little bit goes a very long way! I've found that bronzing lotions tend to transfer too, so just be mindful of your surroundings and be careful to not wipe it all off while you're out!