Easy Sunless Tanning
Everyone loves to have a summertime glow, but it's a little more difficult in the winter months. Instead of damaging your skin in a tanning bed, try self tanners! I know what you're thinking. Those lotions are orange and streaky and do not look good. But there are some awesome ones now that look natural and give your skin a gorgeous healthy glow.
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse is my absolute favorite. It has a green tint so it doesn't end up orange, and the color is visible when you apply it so there won't be any missed spots or streaks. It gives a little bit of instant color, but dries quickly and develops over the next few hours. So if you put it on after your morning shower, you'll be tan and glowing by that evening. Because it has to develop, you can't shower or sweat a lot for a few hours, but the color will last two or three days and does not stain clothes. And the best part is it doesn't give off that horribly strong tanning smell. It's sold at Sephora for $30-$40. There is a lotion version of this which is not nearly as good, so make sure to get the mousse!
Jergens Natural Glow is one that everyone has heard of. It's nice for someone who wants more of a gradual tan instead of being pale one day and bronze the next. This is a lotion that is supposed to be applied daily and builds up the color each time. It is a little harder to tell if you missed any spots with this product and it smells like sunscreen, but it is very inexpensive (less than $10 at any drugstore) and comes in a facial moisturizer and different color choices. Also, Xen-tan products can help greatly in developing the tan you're going for.
Before you apply any self tanner, you have to exfoliate your body! The color will stick to any dry skin patches, which is not pretty. Another thing to think about is your hands. Nobody wants stained palms to give away their tanning secret. There are special mitts you can buy at beauty stores that are made for applying sunless tanning products, but I use regular latex gloves that I bought at Walmart. Anything that covers your palms will work. Also, I do put the product on the tops of my hands to avoid having a strange color change at the wrist, but it is important to blend it out so they aren't splotchy. It's really easy once you do it a couple of times. Sunless tanning is a great way to get over the winter time blues, and there are a bunch of really great products out there so give it a try!