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This Self-Tanner Made Me Feel More Like Myself After Baby Number 2


elf-tanner, to me, has always been like a narcissistic boyfriend: The promise it offers seems lovely. Then, you get into a relationship with the actual product, a little time passes, and it turns out to be nothing like it claimed it would be (cue the streaks up and down your legs). Now, you’re left wondering how you thought any of this was a good idea in the first place. For the most part, this has been my cyclical journey with self-tanner.

Recently, though, post giving birth to my second child, Sandro, I was scrolling through Instagram during one of his naps and saw Lauren Ireland Gores with the glowiest skin I’ve seen in a while. I tapped on the picture and saw a name pop up that I wasn’t yet familiar with: @SKJ, which stands for Sunkissed By Jenni [Blafer].

When I landed on her Instagram page, I instantly saw Megan Fox, Kylie Jenner, Julianne Hough, Desi Perkins, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez—the list goes on. I thought, This lady does everyone. How have I never come across her before? Cut to me DM’ing Blafer and asking if I can give her a call. I wanted to hear her story, be introduced to her products, and, most importantly, I wanted my skin to glow like a celebrity. She happily obliged and hopped on the phone with me.

Why I Turned to Self-Tanner

Carly Cardellino / Design by Tiana Crispino

After getting Blafer on the phone, I was ready to give my tainted relationship with self-tanner another try. She sold me on her fool-proof gradual glow formula and buffing brush (it helps avoid tanner mishaps). In exchange for her life story, I let her in on mine: I’m in my 30s and birthed two kids. I have always loved my body (I eat healthy foods, do lymphatic drainage, work out, etc.), but now my body looks different to me after having two kids.

I buttoned up our conversation by telling her I was looking for something that would give me an immediate confidence boost while I waited for all of my fitness training to kick in. She assured me her products would do the trick. A few days later, I got a neatly packaged box from SKJ that held my confidence in a bottle.

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