Drugstore Finds- How to get that at home glow

Anyone else dread getting a spray tan at the tanning salon? I feel like to get the most out of your expensive spray tan, it takes sooo much prep work. You have to shower, exfoliate, shave, don’t wear deodorant, don’t moisturize, you shouldn’t have just washed your hair… Basically, plan your entire day around it because after you finish you still can’t wear makeup and you shouldn’t wear a bra. Maybe I make it harder than it should be, but if I’m going to pay that much money I want it to last!

This is why I usually tan myself at home. I’ve tried SO many self-tanning products, all price ranges and all consistencies- wipes, lotions, foams & sprays.

I keep coming back to Jergens Natural Glow Instant Tan.

I love the consistency- it’s a mousse so it dries quickly and is the least sticky of all the self-tanners I’ve tried. It smells tropical and has a bronzer so I can see where I applied it. I use the deep bronze color and strongly suggest you do too. Even if you’re extremely white it will give you a natural glow. Otherwise, it’s just not worth your money.

It does make your hands brown so use a tanning mitt. I’ve had the same one for 3 years- as long as you rinse them off after each use it will last you a while.

How to achieve the best at home tan?

  1. Exfoliate & shave
  2. Let your skin dry before you begin
  3. Don’t put on any products where you plan to apply the self-tanner
  4. Spray it on your mitt and rub it all over! Make your husband/ boyfriend/ roommate/ mom/ dog rub it on your back.
  5. Let it dry for a few minutes then go on with your day 🙂


If you need some instant color I have another must-have product for you. Sally Hansen Airbrush Leg Makeup. Buy this in the lighter color unless you’re already really dark and just want to look flawless. This product is great if you’re going to the pool/ beach (it’s waterproof!) or if you’re wearing anything that shows off your skin. It seriously makes you look AMAZING and it has a little bit of a shimmer so it lightly reflects all of your imperfections. It also covers stretch marks and veins! It comes in a lotion or spray- I prefer the lotion since I have to use my hands anyway. I always mix it with a moisturizer before I apply because it can look a bit heavy.

Alright, anyone else have any self- tanning secrets? Spill.

I’m off to try a new at home face peel and have some wine… The usual 😘

Good night! xo- Lauren


  1. Stephanie

    October 11, 2017 at 4:18 am

    I love both of these and use them both! I also have a buildable lotion that I love – Ill show it to you next time we are together!

    1. Lauren Erro

      October 11, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Hi Stephanie, I’d love to know what lotion you use! Xox

  2. Sara

    October 12, 2017 at 12:44 am

    I’ve used both of these and they’re great! I now use Rodan + Fields foaming sunless tanner, it’s a foam so goes on easily, no streaks, extremely lightweight, and I’m tan in 2 hours! I follow up with moisturizer. 👌🏼😊

  3. Tiffany

    May 30, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Spray tans are sooooo costly…thanks for the affordable recommendation!

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