The following post was written by Brooke Pakulski of Blushing Noir and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty. Blushing Noir focuses on all areas of beauty, whether it be cosmetics, hair care, nail polish, or skin care.
So you wanna glow? Even when it's not Summer, it's normal to want that sun-kissed look to your skin. But with all of the knowledge we have now about damaging UVA/UVB rays, who wants to chance the big "C"? My favorite way to glow? Sunless tanning with self-tanners.
Perfect Summer skin begins in the shower, which is generally where exfoliating happens (generally, because I have no idea of your sloughing habits). I like a faux glow in the Summer to keep myself looking bronzed without torturing my skin by letting the sun hit it with its wrinkle-cancer-demon lasers. Because a faux glow is going to happen, it's important begin by exfoliating with something gentle and free of fragrance and oil. A great option is the Hammam Deep Exfoliating Mitt from Beautisol ($12). Keep reading for more.
After you've showered and have dried off, reach for your favorite self-tanner. I'm partial to Beautisol Medium Mousse for body ($34), which is also safe for the face. Being careful to avoid dry areas (knees, elbows, and heels) pump the mousse onto the application mitt and gently work the product onto your skin using circular motions. Within a few minutes, you'll have a sexy, subtle glow that's free of stink and streak.
After you have your glow on, wait a few minutes before dressing and be sure to avoid water for six to eight hours while the tan develops (they actually suggest you apply before bed, so when you wake up, you're ready to
glow go). Not dark enough? It's OK to reapply for a deeper tan.
A fabulous product for glow-on-the-go are the Tanning Towelettes from Kate Somerville ($48). Open the pack, swipe on your tan, and it dries in seconds. You can't ask for anything more travel-friendly than that. Also, if you love this line and seek added sunscreen, the Body Glow Sunscreen ($45) provides SPF 20 and also contains a subtle satin shimmer to hide imperfections (read: cellulite).
A great drugstore option is the Jergens Natural Glow line ($10 per tube), which is also odor-free, streak-free, and more natural, but will take about three days to see results.
Using sunless tanner can really do wonders for those fabulous dresses and make those vibrant lips that are so hot this season really stand out (not to mention help to mask skin imperfections . . . cough, cellulite). What is your favorite way to glow?