Let’s Talk Self Tanners

As someone who is naturally super pale and burns in the sun, I’ve always been a huge advocate of sun protection. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get jealous of sun worshipers from time to time. Thank god I discovered the joys of sunless tanner at an early age. No, they are not all made the same, but some provide an easier application than others minus the orange streaky mess. Here are some of my tried and true favorites.

  1. St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion – This stuff really is worth the price. It provides a pretty deep tan, so if you are pale like me, try this towards the tail end of summer when this shade will be more believable. Also, make sure to watch the helpful video tutorial for a fool-proof application.
  2. Kate Somerville 360° Tanning Towelettes – These towelettes are easy to use and provide a long-lasting tan.
  3. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer – This is probably the most easy to use product out of all the sunless tanning options out there. It starts out subtle because it’s meant to be applied daily to slowly build up the color. I like to start using this a few weeks before Memorial Day, that way I have some color but not so much that it looks like it came from a bottle.
  4. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Sunless Tanner Lotion/Gel/Towelettes – I’ve really come to believe that L’Oreal makes some of the best self tanners out there and for the most reasonable prices. The gel might be a little bit tricky to apply your first time as it’s clear, but once you get the hang out it, you’ll be fine.

No matter what self tanner you choice, always remember to shave and exfoliate before application. Also, apply some lotion to elbows, knees, heels, and ankles before the tanner to prevent it from settling in deeper to those typically drier areas.


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