It gets dark at 4pm and even those days where the sun does come out, it’s not as though the rays are letting off much heat. New York’s thermostat is pushing 30s and, in most of America (save Miami and LA), winter is officially here. Yawn. I’m already sleepy.
While the lack of sun (and vitamin D) tends to throw me into seasonal depression (PJ’s all day, anyone?), the lack of color tends to make me look placid and sickly. I grew up in Los Angeles – I LOVE the sun, hot weather and a bronzed complexion (although I haven’t tanned my face since my early 20s, thank you very much). So, what can a girl do to get some color in the midst of all of this grey?
Well, a vacation to a tropical locale is the best remedy. Combining R&R with sun, swim and sand will infuse that golden hue back into your skin in no time. However, remember to use your SPF – although the sun feels – and looks – great, skin cancer does not. Natural SPF’s that I love, here.
There’s always tanning beds, but those have been elevated to carcinogen status so I’d recommend that you stay far, far away from burning your body to a crisp in a human oven.
Spray tans can be amazing, if you have the time, money and a machine that doesn’t malfunction. I’ve heard more than a few spray-tan horror stories – like when my friend came out looking like the old lady from There’s Something About Mary. You’re going for gold, not orange, so be cautious.
In my opinion, the best way to fake a tan is with at-home self-tanners. Self-tanning is a huge business and many major brands are jumping on the bandwagon. Nowadays, self-tanners range from inexpensive to pricey with a variety of colors and application processes. They’ve come a long way since the days of streaks and orange palms.
Here are 5 self-tanners that will give you that coveted healthy glow even during these bleak winter months:
Kate Somerville 360° Face Self Tanning Pads – Pads saturated with a self-tanner formula and made especially for the face for easy application and a perfect sunkissed glow. BONUS: Made without toxic ingredients like parabens, sulfates and petrochemicals, so they are completely baby safe (for those pregnant and nursing). $45.00
St. Tropez Self Tan Perfect Legs Spray – The spray applicator allows for an airbrushed, even application (buy the applicator mitt too!),and, while intended simply for your legs, this stuff works great if sprayed ever-so-subtely on arms too. Free of GMOs and Triclosan. $18.00
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad For Body With Active Vitamin D – Exfoliating self-tanning pads that also halt the aging process while giving skin a boost of Vitamin D. Free of all toxic chemicals including parabens, sulfates and petrochemicals. $32.00
L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self Tanning Lotion – A gradual self-tanner that works as a moisturizer too. Use all over the body every day until you achieve the desired golden hue. I happen to love the ease and color of this lotion. Make sure to work gently around knees, elbows, feet and hands! $10.00
Dior Bronze Self-Tanner Natural Glow Face – A very subtle, sexy sunkissed color intended for the face. The gel-cream has a wonderful consistency and can even be used for those with oilier skin. $32.00
Have a favorite self-tanner? Let us know in the comments below!