So given the beautiful weather we’ve been dealing with here in New England (UGH) and my increasingly white winter “glow”, I thought I would share some of my top finds in the sunless tanner department. The trick to self tanner is using it subtly so that you don’t turn out looking like La Lohan. While there are several ways you can go wrong using sunless tanning products, they have come a long way and now there are some great options which give you just enough of a boost to avoid the winter blues and premature aging at the same time.
With sunless tanner comes exfoliating. First of all, you don’t want to have those God awful streaks we’ve all experienced (first hand or otherwise) and secondly, it will help absorb the color more thoroughly by eliminating dead skin cells. Not to mention, you should be doing this regularly anyways. The Modern Friction face exfoliator by Origins is like a micro-dermabrasion without the cost ($38.50 people!). While you should only use it a couple of times a week, it does not damage or micro-tear the skin like the very popular, St. Ives Apricot Scrub, which we all had learned to love (think again!). The Origins Salt Rub is like your very own spa treatment in the shower between the smell and texture – heavenly! You can use it every day or a few times a week depending on your preference (and time), and you will notice after one use how soft it makes your skin. Make sure to towel off completely before applying any of the below products and do not, I repeat, do not, put on other lotions prior. Ok, moving on…
Alright ladies, now we have a few options when it comes to the face as I know a lot of people are hesitant (myself included) to put on anything semi-permanent on the mug. The first, Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, which by the way I am aware is extremely well-known (not trying to reinvent the wheel here), but still worth mentioning, adds great coverage for winter while also giving you a natural glow which is unmatched from other tinted moisturizers. Next stop – Sisley Sun Glow Gel. Sure, it’s a bit of a splurge (at $92), but mixed with a little of your every day lotion, provides a natural glowing bronzed complexion, which you don’t get from a tinted moisturizer. Think more of a sheer tone vs. matte coverage. Moving on, the Clarins Instant Tanning Gel is the absolute best semi-permanent option, which is the closest to the discontinued Bobbi Brown Sunless Tanning Gel (gone but not forgotten…) that I have been able to find. The thick consistency makes it fool-proof and I have yet to see a streak. The color usually lasts for a few days and is a great pick-me-up after looking in the mirror to see Casper staring back at you (story of my life).
I am letting you in on a secret here…Prtty Peaushun. You know how every model and actress seem to be glowing from head to toe in every photograph and you just convince yourself that they were blessed with a gene that the rest of the population was not? Well, after reading this little post on Molly Sims blog, I realized they’ve been hiding something from us for all of these years. Look no further! Glowing toned skin is here. While the name is a bit confusing, you can get your hands on it here for $39 (I like to think a little goes a long way) and avoid mistyping it into Google. Ok now, I don’t even know how to begin on the St. Tropez gradual tan lotion, because it is an absolute miracle worker. You can put it on in the morning and it smells AMAZING and gives you a lasting bronzed all over glow, I would categorize this as a must-buy. The “tan” lasts about a week and fades like a natural tan…you’re welcome! For a little bit of a riskier tan without the sun, Clarins Liquid Bronze Self-Tanning is very affective and gives you a very natural looking tan without being overbearing. You definitely need to be more careful given the light texture of the lotion, but as long as you exfoliate and take your time applying, you will love the results!
Hope this brightened your day! A vacation to St. Tropez would still be better, but I will take what I can get…