Best Self Tanners and SPF Products

In the spirit of summer, and because I am becoming SUCH an adult and trying to wear more sunscreen, I wanted to do a blog on some of my favorite SPF finds, AND amazing self tanners. Let me quickly give you a background on exactly WHY I’m becoming more of an avid sunscreen wearer. I grew up in sunny South Florida, and rarely wore sunscreen; I luckily don’t burn very easily, and I always valued having a nice tan. Fast-forward to being just under 30, and now my horrible sun habits have finally started catching up with me. I thought I was invincible, but turns out it just take time. (I am probably exaggerating a bit, because when I say I’m starting to notice sun spots on my face, nobody else notices them….but I do, and it’s bothering me). So now I am taking on sun safety in an effort to prevent future sun damage. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good tan, but not enough to sacrifice my skin’s youth.

As for my sun protection journey, I wanted to find products that I would use daily that already had sunscreen in them. This was all an effort to be lazy and not have to think about also applying sunscreen on top of my daily routine. So I started off using a CC Cream from Supergoop about a year ago. I was quickly fascinated by a ‘makeup product’ that could help nourish my skin with omega fatty acids, help reduce inflammation, while providing decent coverage AND SPF. It has since become a staple in my daily makeup routine and I often use it in place of foundation during the day, ESPECIALLY during summer.

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I started googling the Supergoop brand after loving their CC cream and quickly became a fan of their cruelty free, paraben free, gluten free… get the idea, brand. Because I became such a fan, they ended up sending me a few other products to try and I wanted to point out a few of my other favorites that have also become summer staples for me.

Let’s start with the eye cream….sunscreen eye cream?!? That was my first thought; I thought it would either sting my eyes like when I was a kid, or that it would just make my under eyes greasy and gross. I’m happy to report it does NEITHER. I have actually been using it everyday, and my concealer layers on top of it perfectly. It is called the Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream, and it has a cool tip applicator, is full of minerals, and has an SPF of 37. I felt like covered my genetically prone under eye circles and It’s very hydrating.


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Another stand out was the Defense Refresh Setting Mist with SPF 50. This is a makeup setting mist that creates a matte finish, eliminates oil, and keeps your makeup in place, WHILE providing SPF. That is my kind of product…. it’s basically a four in one. I tried this out before going out on a sunset yacht party, and I’m happy to say my makeup lasted ALL night! I still got oily as the night went on, but that always happens to me. One tip I would STRONGLY advise is to put your hair back while spraying this on your face; the mist that got my hair made it feel SUPER dry. But this product was pretty amazing for a setting spray and it has a refreshing rosemary scent!


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They also sent me their Fusion Lip Balms, the Perfect Day 2 in 1, and the Super Power Sunscreen Mouse, which were all fun summertime products to try out. The two flavors of the fusion lip balms I tried were Acai and Peppermint, and they almost cover that inevitable ‘sunscreen taste’ you get from lip balms with SPF. The Perfect Day 2 in 1 was a really inventive idea, and perfect for someone who is sunscreen lazy like me. It is a tube of SPF with a little lip balm that opens up on the bottom; you can basically throw it in your bag for a beach day and it’s easy! The Super Power Sunscreen Mousse had a really fun texture, similar to a light shaving cream, and it smelled amazing. It was a basically a sunscreen that was more fun because it was a mousse.


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As for self tanners, I feel like I’ve tried them all….okay not all of them, but a lot. I have tried ALL the popular brands from St. Tropez to Clarins, and more, but my two go-to’s for self tanner are The Tan Towel, and Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer.

If you need a tan in a few hours and don’t have a week to build your tan, I highly recommend The Tan Towel. They come as little towelettes that look like a little baby wipe and they smell like citrus. I swear this is the ONLY product that doesn’t give me that self tanner DHA smell. People who say they don’t get that DHA smell when using some of those other products are just lying; I can tell you from experience. This tan develops in 3-6 hours, and comes in two sizes: half body and full body. I use The Tan Towel Plus, which is supposed to be darker, but it honestly gives me a light, natural tan. I will say these don’t create a very dark color, but it’s enough that you have a deep glow. You can use them back to back for a few days to get that darker color.


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The Jergen’s Natural Daily Glow is my other go-to for my self-tanning needs. This honestly gives me a natural deep tan that is most true to my skin color. I use the Medium/Tan shade for about 5 days and that seems to be the perfect color for my skin tone. The smell of the lotion is actually pretty amazing and even my fiancée loves the scent. I still notice a tiny bit of that DHA scent when I wash it off, but it’s not overpowering. I use both the face version and the body version of the Jergens Natural Daily Glow, and it’s even been better than some of the spray tans I’ve had.


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No matter where this summer takes you, make sure you take care of your skin. And let me know some of your favorite SPF’s and tanners!



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