Favorites: The Best Of Self-Tanners
Pasty is never a good look. But a natural tan (a la the sun’s UV rays) comes with way too many health hazards and negative drawbacks (skin cancer, wrinkles, aging). In addition to getting your fill of vitamin D through alternative sources, you can certainly fake a tan with the right products. Usually fake has negative connotations (handbags and plastic surgery being chief among them), but with updated self-tanner formulas, fake is the new fabulous.
No matter how good the formulas are, proper application is crucial. Dr. Dennis Gross, dermatologist and founder of his eponymous skincare line, filled us in on how to avoid looking like an orange, streaky mess: “For flawless application, apply self-tanner to clean, dry skin. Any excess moisture (from the shower or perspiration) or skin flakiness may cause streaking. It’s best to apply self-tanners in even, circular motions blending until dry – be sure to wash hands immediately after application. Moisturize skin daily to extend life of tan and even fading.”
Dr. Gross’ Alpha Beta Glow Pads ($35) do double duty by exfoliating while simultaneously delivering natural sunkissed color thanks to vitamin D. Even better, it’s the only facial self-tanner that hasn’t aggravated our acne-prone skin.
Jurlique Sun Specialist Sunless Tanner ($36) is actually good for your skin, since it is chock-full of sweet orange fruit extract, caramel, and plant sugars to gently create a natural looking glow.
Self-tanners frequently have a funky smell. That is far from the case with Tarte Brazilliance Maracuja Self-Tanner ($39). The brand didn’t just disguise the smell, but instead invented their proprietary PUREshield scent-control technology. The mitt that comes with every bottle assures streak-free application.
A major drawback to self-tanner is that it fades way too quickly. L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Serum ($11) is ultra-concentrated to last up to two weeks. Don’t let the stronger formula scare you, however. TIP: Mix this formula with your favorite lotion to dilute the color a bit.
Although technically not a self-tanner, Tata Harper Iridescent Revitalizing Body Oil ($95) deserves an honorable mention for the full-body radiance it provides. You will love the shimmery, not sparkly, glowy, not greasy, formula… guaranteed.
Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals ($45) is a revolutionary self-tanning product, which isn’t something we say too lightly! Apply it just as you would a regular powder bronzer, but prepare for it to last up to five days instead of just one.
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-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com