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10 Tanning Treatments That Bring the Beach to Your Bathroom

Apr 2 2013 - 3:16pm

Spring may be in full swing, but chances are your complexion is still stuck in Winter's sallow state. Strategic use of self-tanners and makeup provide the easiest ways to get a hint of color without the sun's harmful effects. And whether you want a brightening glow or just need to create the illusion of longer legs, the right body bronzer will get you what you need fast. Shop these 10 buys to find something for the beginner, the nature-conscious, and even the apprehensive tanner.

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Reach for BareMinerals Faux Tan Face [2] ($26) to give your face, neck, and hands a springtime update. This pick develops slowly but surely — and you won't have to worry about turning orange.

Give your self-tan a rejuvenating boost with St. Tropez Tan Booster [3] ($30), which works to stretch your glow out for an extra few days.

The quickest way to fake a tan is to stock a bronzer like Buxom Hot Escapes [4] ($28) in your makeup kit. Swipe this product around the outer edges of the face, on the cheeks, and on the chin for a natural-looking contour that washes away.

When you don't have time to wait for your tan to develop, Clarins Self-Tanning Instant Gel [5] ($45) adds noticeable color within a couple of hours. So you will be ready for that backless dress in no time.

You don't necessarily have to step out into the sun to get a shot of vitamin D. Not only does Dr. Dennis Gross's Daily Glow Moisturizer [6] ($42) contain vitamin D to aid in moisturizing, but it also brightens the complexion with microencapsulated DHA (the stuff that bronzes skin).

Esteé Lauder Bronze Goddess Liquid Bronzer [7] ($29) has a sheer bronze tint with a touch of illumination. Mix with your foundation to give your entire face a welcome warmth that washes off easily.

Guerlain Terracotta Jambes de Gazelle [8] ($59) is the best option for women who love shorts and skirts. The spritz acts as a stain to tint your legs (and other limbs), but it doesn't smudge until you're ready to rinse.

Think of Jergens Natural Glow & Protect [9] ($8) as a self-tanning treatment for beginners. The color builds gradually with regular application, there's no blatant stench, and you're even protected with SPF 20.

If natural beauty is your thing, then Tarte's plant-based Brazilliance Self Tanner [10] ($37) is for you. The pretty printed application mitt is just a bonus.

The combination of shimmer and bronzer can sculpt your body to perfection. Buff your décolletage with Victoria's Secret Bronze Shimmer Powder [11] ($24) to accentuate your cleavage — or wherever else needs a little enhancement.

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