It's that time again - to attempt to look like you've spent a week in the sun even though you haven't. And if any of you are like me, this is an ever evolving process. I am constantly finding new products to add to my routine, and getting better at applying them. I have tried several products in my quest to get the perfect fake bake.
I used to go to the tanning bed during my college years, but just last year made the decision to quit exposing myself to those UV rays. I felt like as a nurse I was setting a bad example. Not to mention I am pretty fair skinned and at risk to develop skin cancer.
I thought I would share with you the products I have tried that work, and hopefully you can tell me what works for you as well!
Clinique Self Tan: I have reviewed this on my blog before, so I am sure you've seen it. It retails for about $25, and I usually get mine from Sephora. This stuff works really well for a fast decently colored tan. I would say it lasts me about 4-5 applications of my whole body. Not too shabby for the price. Clinique is brand that I trust. It has a little sparkle to the lotion that I like. However, as much as they try to mask the self tan smell, you can still smell it. Especially the longer you leave it on. This lotion can also get streaky if you aren't careful about how you apply it. I love that this lotion fades evenly as it goes away - a problem that I have found with a lot of self tanners.
Fake Bake 60 minute Self Tan: I just tried this self tanner. I have never used this brand before but had heard good reviews. I love love love this product. I can't say enough great things about it. I love that you only have to leave it on for an hour (you can leave it on up to 3 for a darker tan), and then you can wash it off. It has a coloring in it so you can see where you applied it so it is completely streak free! I don't have one streak on my body. The other awesome thing is it doesn't have that self tanner smell at all - it smells like a beachy smell! It comes with a mitt for application, which was so easy to use. It also came with gloves, but I didn't use those. I loved that a little bit went such a long way! I paid $15 to get this from amazon. You can also get it at Ulta for a little bit more.
Sephora Self Tanning Body Mist: This spray on tan is little harder to apply than rubbing in a lotion, but it does give a great instant color. The self tan smell is there, but only slightly. It also dries really quickly so you don't have to wait for it to settle in before you get dressed. As long as you are careful about where you apply it, there are no streaks. Just make sure that you spray over an old towel other wise it will be all over your floor. The only down side to this product is that it is $20, and it only lasts about 2 applications if you do your whole body. It does however, fade really evenly and five an instant tan!
Jergens Natural Glow Mousse: This is about as basic as a self tanner as you can get, as you can get it at any drug store. Jergens isn't my favorite brand to begin with, but this mousse is a great "upkeep" self tanner. If you can get a great base tan with any of the above products, this is a great way to maintain the color without wasting the more expensive product. It does have the self tanner smell, but the product absorbs fast since it is a mousse. I feel like this product lasts a long time, and you can buy it in different shades depending on how dark you want to be.
Tell me what products you use to get that natural looking glow so that I can try it too!