I’m quite partial to wash off body bronzers. Every year I see how sun is effecting my skin. Be it hyperpigmentation, dryness, blotchiness, uneven skin tone, my skin just isn’t as resilient as it once was. But I’ve come to peace with this. While I have yet to find a fake tanner that I’m seriously in lust over (buildable bronzer post coming soon), I have always been a fan of wash off body bronzers. My first foray into this product category was with the coveted Body Bling by Scott Barnes (recap here – well worth the read). Since then, I realized that I can live without the sun, without fake and baking, without orange skin or unfortunate streaks, yet still have that beautiful, envious sun-kissed bronzed glow… all over. And as I always say, the best part is that it’s a one night commitment. Wear it for the evening and wash it off before bed. After all, some days a tan suits your look while other days a tan may look a little too Jersey Shore.
But it’s no secret that a little color in the golden color spectrum tends to make a woman feel healthier, even skinnier. Add some shine for longer limbs, a little shimmer to reflect light and draw added attention to specified body parts and you’ve got a recipe for sexiness. Now, I ask, can your average tan do all of this?
Here, a list of my current favorite wash off body bronzers:
Per-fekt Matte Body Perfection Gel Tan ($48 for 4 fl. oz.) – If you prefer a matte look, then this is the body bronzer for you! With Hyaluronic microspheres, ceremides, and shea butter, this wash-off body bronzer evens skin tone and helps firm and tone while giving you a slight bronze hue.
Charlotte Ronson A Summer’s Kiss Face and Body Glow ($18 for 3 fl. oz.) – This body bronzer is a bit thicker in consistency and what I like to do is add some of my favorite body oil to thin it out (loving Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Nourishing Body Oil) . Not only will the coverage be greater but also a little shine doesn’t hurt to get toned looking legs and arms.
Hard Candy Glow All The Way ($8) – Infused with 24 karat gold adds a slight translucent shimmer, which I love for a sun-kissed glow. The formula is more cream based as opposed to an oil consistency.
Skinnygirl Body Shimmer ($8) – This is more of a body bronzing oil, but I adore how it looks on the skin – smooth with a light-reflecting shimmer and shine (that, ultimately, slims your limbs). This product offers more glitter than most others, but there are definitely days where a little extra shimmer is just what your legs are calling for.
Jimmy Choo Glittering Perfumed Body Oil ($44 for 3.3 oz.) – This is another body bronzing oil that has a great shimmer. With a sensitive nose, I can do without the overwhelming fragrance, but for toned looking legs, I’ll survive.
PRTTY Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion ($36 for 8 fl. oz.) – This was made for supermodels on the covers of Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret. Not only are there different shades to match your own skin tone best, but your skin will look radiant and even (bruises, cellulite and blotchy skin be gone!). It also comes in matte formulas for those who are anti-shimmer.
Scott Barnes Body Bling ($42 for 4 fl. oz.) – This is the ultimate wash-off body bronzer (and JLo approved). It is equal parts color, shine, and shimmer. But be careful wearing white post application as the formula will, no doubt, get on your clothing (although it’s well worth every gawking stare!).
If you’re feeling ambitious, have a look at my take on a DIY body bronzer: