Friday, April 5, 2013

{Friday Faves} Self Tanners

It’s springtime… and as the temperatures rise, so do the hemlines ‘round these parts.  After months of wearing pants and leggings, you know these ole tree trunks are a nice shade of pale so it’s time to add some warmth with a little self-tanner.  I’m sharing my favorite self tanners with you today!

Self Tanner Collage

When you’re fair-skinned like I am, you learn your way around self-tanners after you finally come to terms with the fact that, no matter how hard you try or will it to happen, your skin will never resemble that of a bronze Brazilian goddess.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve also learned that baking in the sun not only increases my risk for skin cancer but it also means I’ll look older faster (something I’m trying to avoid…).

The good news is that self tanners have improved drastically over the years.  Gone are the days of day-glo orange skin and that awful self-tanner smell.  Ick.

So, without further ado, here are my top picks:

Jergens Natural Glow: my go-to for everyday.  Nice, even, natural color and a pleasant smell.

Avon skin so soft Satin Glow Daily moisturizer: very similar to the Jergens product, great smell.  Gotta order from an Avon rep, though.


Tan Towel: these are great when you need a tan in a short period of time.  The towelettes are easy to use, there’s less mess, and the results are nice.

More Self-Tanner Tips:

As with painting a surface, the key to a good self-tan is skin prep.  Exfoliate with a scrubbing agent, paying attention to dry areas (knees, elbows).  Dry skin will pick up the tanning pigment so the more you remove, the more even color you will achieve.

Allow adequate time to dry.  If you apply self-tanner and immediately get dressed, you’ll lose some of your hard work on your clothing and possibly stain it as well.  Lock your door so you can be sure to dry uninterrupted.  Ha!

Lastly, use the color formulation correct for your skin tone.  If you’re fair like me, suck it up and use the light to medium shade.  Using a darker shade will just make you look dirty and like an Oompa Loompa, and no one wants that, right?!


Hope these tips help you get well on your way to a nice, safe tan this springtime!!  Are you ready for shorts/skirts?!

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