I hate to sound like a broken record, but there is absolutely no such thing as a safe tan — at least, not if it comes from the sun or from a tanning bed. To put it bluntly, tanning will make you look grizzled before your time, and it increases your risk of developing skin cancer.
That doesn't mean you have to give up the appearance of a tan, though. Self-tanners have come a long way in the last few years, so you're no longer stuck with awful orangey options. This week marks the launch of Jergens Natural Glow Express ($7.99). Like the original Natural Glow moisturizer, it's meant to be used on the body daily to create allover sun-kissed color. The difference is that instead of taking an entire week for full results, this new formula takes only three days to achieve a full "tan."
I started using Natural Glow Express this morning, and already I'm seeing a subtle shift in skin color. It looks natural and pretty, and it's nowhere near Oompa Loompa territory. Smells a little bit like the beach, too, which is making me yearn for a long weekend in the Bahamas. Guess I'll just have to settle for looking like I had one.