How a Fair Skinned Girl Gets a Safe Summer Glow

Summertime and my thoughts turn to softly sunkissed, golden skin. I can't help it. I'm a child of the Seventies. It is at this point that my smart ass son would interject, "The 1870's, right?" Funny boy. No, the 1970's. The decade of the Farrah Flip and the Tropical Tan. If you didn't have both, well you might as well stay home. Locked away in your room listening to corny Donny Osmond 45's on your groovy flower decorated portable record player and reading your way through your mother's huge book stash. Not that I would know anything about that. 

The problem with the perfect, "healthy" Saint Tropez seventies tan was of course, the massive amounts of time spent baking in direct sun, usually slathered in oil, to get that way. Not exactly healthy for the skin. Nowadays, I prefer my Summer tan to be a more subtle golden glow. A safe Summer glow. It's not hard to do. It just takes a few supplies, a little know how and dedication. Here is one way I like to go from fair to golden. 

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Step one, turn on some really good music. I fire up Pandora on the old GS4 and let slip my favorite playlist. Then I grab a few necessary supplies and get to work. 

Into the shower with my bod. Sunless tanning done well requires smooth, well exfoliated skin. But my skin can't be too dry after I exfoliate or I will end up with streaks, those nasty built up, dirty looking areas and my sunless tan won't last very long. I like to exfoliate with a good, effective scrub that also moisturizes my dry skin. Haconut Original Coconut Scrub does an admirable job. I vigorously scrub and rinse every inch of skin that I plan to tan. When finished, I step out and pat dry.

Next, I apply a light moisturizer and let it sink in well to any spots where my skin is especially dry and in areas like knees, elbows, ankles, the front of the shoulder joint... Then I apply a thicker barrier around the bottoms of the feet to avoid that funky "tanned where it shouldn't be" thing. I grab gloves or a tanning mitt and proceed to slather on my sunless tanner of choice and rub it in evenly and well. I like a moisturizing formula for my dry skin. Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask is a lovely option for a slow, subtle glow. 

Bronzer is my glow getter of choice for my face. I am very fussy about bronzer and I own a very few of them. My number one favorite is the Too Faced Soliel Matte Bronzer in Chocolate. This shade is intended to flatter medium to deeper skin tones but I find that it works perfectly for me, when applied with a soft, synthetic brush and a deft hand to give my fair skin that naturally sunkissed glow I'm looking for. This bronzer never tones orange or too red on me. It is just simply perfect. A word of advice: Don't lock yourself into shades just meant for your skin tone range. Sometimes, stepping out of the box is what gets you the results you desire. 

There are so many great products on the market that, with a little care and effort will give you a flawless, beautiful Summer sun tan. There is no reason to risk your skin, your very health lying out in the sun or even worse, tanning beds. Just... Don't do it. Bronzed, glowing skin is sexy and fun. Melanoma? Not so much. Don't forget your sunscreen when you go out to enjoy the Summer sun this holiday weekend and through the Dog Days to follow.

How do you like to get your perfect safe Summer glow? Tell! Tell! In a comment, please.


A a thank you for reading through my jibber-jabbar, I'm holding a little giveaway. I was generously provided an extra tube of the Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask and I thought it would be fun to do a little giveaway along with this feature. The winner will receive one brand new, unopened tube of the tanner, a $45.00 retail value. Please enter through the Rafflecopter widget, only.  Any other attempts will be voided. This giveaway is open internationally, anywhere I can legally send a package to anyone 18 or older or who has a parent or legal guardian's permission to enter. This is a one off prize, as usual. No substitutions or replacements will be offered. Any taxes or customs fees are the responsibility of the winner. Void where prohibited by law.

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  1. Excellent review, as always Erika! I love the Vita Liberata Mask, and have been meaning to post my review! Happy 4th of July!

  2. cariwritesforyouJuly 2, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway! This looks like a great product to try.

  3. Love self tanning products! Great review.

  4. I love that Vita Liberatta tanner, and Too Faced has some of the best bronzers!

  5. Allison @neversaydiebeautyJuly 2, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    I haven't gotten into self-tanners but I have one from St. Tropez that washes out after a day that seems good for novices like me.

  6. I love self-tanning products but I love bronzers more!

  7. Your photos are so beautiful! <3 This looks like a great product. :)

  8. Did you also use foil on a piece of cardboard to attract the sun even more? We are paying for our sins now! I'm not a tanner but I often recommend Vita Liberata because of the great reviews.

  9. Thanks for sharing! I don't normally use bronzer or self tanner

  10. "You might as well stay home..." LOL! These products sound great, but I only use self tanner for special events, I'm too lazy to keep up with it.

  11. These sound wonderful. I use bronzer for sure and while I do pick up self tanner from time to time, I normally tan quickly and find I don't use it. I haven't heard of this brand before but I do enjoy the chocolate soleil from time to time.

  12. HAHAHAH! Donny Osmond! Ahhhhh-Still have the album Donnie and Marie- A is for Apple

  13. Bailey_AlltheWordsJuly 3, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    I usually stay pretty (okay, very) pale, but I do like a bit of illuminating bronzer from time to time. I love Too Faced Leopard Bronzer.

  14. Ohhh gosh I can't even explain how darn pale I am!! I have been looking for an awesome self tanner pretty much since I can remember... this looks AMAZING! I am preggers at the moment & would love to feel (not so pail.. & you k know when you have some color you feel a bit skinnier!" at least I do... I could use that at the moment! Lol) Thanks for the super sweet chance!

  15. I usually use a bronze tinted liquid highlighter.

    (Rosie A)

  16. lindsay chadburnJuly 14, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    i love bronzer always makes me feellike ive just been on holiday


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