Skincare Sundays: Self-tanning and Body Scrubs

Summer during a pandemic has been slightly different this year. Normally, I would be spending my days outside in the city and going to the beach to work on my seasonal summer tan. This year, I’ve had to resort to other means for self-tanning: Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning drops (Light – Sun-Kissed Glow)!!

Now I’m no expert is self tanning since I’ve only tried one other self tanning product – Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, but…between the two, I am totally in love with the Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning drops.

Jergens vs Isle of Paradise Reviews

  • Application
    Jergens is very easy to apply since it comes as a lotion. You simply just need to put some product in your hand and rub it on your skin and all over your body. To apply on the face, it is recommended to purchase the Jergens Natural Glow Face Moisturizer. When applying the lotion, I did not use any tanning mittens – all I had to do after was simply rinse my hands after applying.
    Isle of Paradise definitely requires more steps to apply. The drops need to be mixed in with your moisturizer and then applied all over the body with a tanning mitten. You can certainly apply it with your hands, but I prefer using the **St. Tropez tanning mittens since this self tanning product will definitely stain your hands. These drops can also be applied to the face – just mix it in with your face moisturizer. Additionally, I like to use the Real Techniques Body Buffing Brush when applying on the face and neck to get an even tanning glow.
    **Side note: I did purchase and use the Isle of Paradise tanning mitten, but after 3 uses, the seams started to split. So unfortunately, I do not recommend purchasing their tanning mitten.
  • Scent
    Jergens had a very strong scent and while it wasn’t awful, smelling that all night gave me a headache.
    Isle of Paradise did not have any scent. The only scent I picked up was the aloe vera scent from my moisturizer.
  • Tanning Glow
    Jergens gives a more subtle and gradual glow. I had to apply the moisturizer everyday for a week before I saw any difference on my skin, and even then, the tan was very subtle. I will say though, I did purchase the fair to medium tone so that could be a reason why I was not seeing much of a tan.
    Isle of Paradise gives a quicker tan – develops within 4-6 hours and the tan is definitely more visible. I like applying the tan at night and then waking up in the morning to a beautiful sun-kissed glow. The tan for me usually lasts about 4-5 days before I need to exfoliate and reapply. I have noticed however, after 3 weeks of using this self-tanner, my tan did stay longer even after exfoliating. I will note though, that I was spending more time outside so I was also getting a more natural tan.
  • Price
    Jergens is your classic affordable drugstore product – retailing at $2.99 at Walgreens. You can find this product at any Duane Reade, Walgreens, CVS, Target, etc.
    Isle of Paradise retails for $29 and I bought mine at Sephora. You can also purchase this at their retail site.

Although Isle of Paradise is significantly more pricey than Jergens, I feel that the results from Isle of Paradise is well worth the cost. Overall, I was happier with the tan results and I would definitely purchase this product again. For anyone who is looking to get that glow-y tan before Labor Day weekend, I highly recommend the Isle of Paradise self-tanning drops.

Another summer essential that I have been loving recently is the Tree Hut Coco Colada Shea Sugar Scrub.

I adore the scent of coconut in the summer and every time I use this scrub, it reminds me of summer beaches and ocean waves. This body scrub is really affordable – retailing at $7.19 at Ulta and has lasted me for about 3 months now. I use this scrub once a week, usually on a Friday when I give myself a more pampered spa treatment. I’ve also found this scrub super helpful in taking off my Isle of Paradise self tanner.

This scrub contains little beads that really exfoliate the body leaving you feeling super clean and smelling amazing. After using the scrub, I never feel the need to moisturize just because my skin never feels dry after using it, though I do believe it never hurts to always stay moisturized.

So, would I recommend this body scrub? Absolutely! Tree Hut body scrubs come in many scents so I’m excited to use a more fall/winter scented scrub once I’ve finished using this jar.

Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

So tell me, what are some of your favorite summer skincare essentials?

Makeup Mondays: Keeping my skin hydrated

As someone who constantly struggles with dry skin all year round, I am constantly looking for the best hydrating skincare products. After having tried many products for the past few years, I’m finally here to share them with you!

Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist
The first step to any skincare routine is to wash our faces to get off all the dirt and grime we collect on our skin throughout the day. It’s kind of like wiping the slate clean! My go-to face wash is the Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist. It has a refreshing lime smell that always reminds me of summer. It’s tough enough to leave my face feeling clean but gentle enough that my face doesn’t feel tight after a good rinse. Because it foams up after running it under some warm water and rubbing your hands together, a small dollup of this face wash goes a long way, which I truly appreciate. 

Belif Aqua Bomb
This moisturizer is literally my holy grail and lifeline when it comes to skincare. It keeps my face soft and moisturized, while never clogging up my pores – which happens a lot with cream-based moisturizers. It settles into my skin within seconds and feels cool and refreshing. 

Laneige Sleep Mask
I use this sleep mask once a week — usually on a Wednesday or Thursday as a quick pampering pick me up during the middle of the week. Right before I go to bed and after I’ve washed my face, I scoop up a small amount (about the size of a quarter) with my hands and rub it all over my face and neck. The next morning, I simply rinse my face, leaving it soft and moist for the entire day. I like using this just as a way to remind myself to stay glowing and fresh and preparing for the weekend!

Sheet Face Masks
I like to end the weekend as a mini celebration by using a Sheet Face Mask to really hydrate my face. I’ve been a huge fan of the Sephora Collection Masks. Two of my favorites are the Pearl and Coconut Masks. Putting on a face mask is the perfect way to pamper myself on a low friendly budget yet still feel like royalty. 

Ahava Dead Sea Mineral Hand Cream
I first received this product as a Christmas gift and it has truly changed my life. I’m not a fan of hand creams that leave my hands feeling sticky and oily, and I was really happy to have been introduced to this hand cream. It’s water-based and simply melts into your skin within minutes. It has a really nice scent (similar to Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Lotion) but not as overbearing. 

Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

What are some of your tips to keep your skin hydrated?

Do you have any products you would recommend for keeping lips hydrated?