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?