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How to Pick a Self-Tanner 2010-04-30 08:00:00

Gettin' Tan: Which Way Is Best For You?

Did you know that every self-tanner is different? Yes, it's true — every formula has its own ratio of colors, meaning that the Neutrogena that looks divinely bronze on your best friend can just look totally orange on you. And depending on your skin type, a tanner can leave you with patches or take forever to dry, streaking you up. So how's a girl to pick her poison? I've got a few tips on choosing the right shade and texture for your skin, so to find out how, just keep reading.

  • If you have dry skin, a gradual tanning lotion is best for you. Moisturizing, creamy formulas are the perfect option, because as the product works over time, you won't get that telltale patchiness.
  • If you have oily skin, try a mousse or gel formula. Self-tanner is going to take a little longer to dry on you, so spray tanners and lotions are more likely to run. Mousses and gels both sink in quickly, so you'll get even results.
  • If you have pink undertones, many self-tanners may be too orange for you, and most tanners get more carrot-y as they fade. To keep yourself from the orange menace, think about trying a wash-off tanner — they're usually more brown or golden than their skin-dyeing counterparts, which will look more flattering on your skin.
  • Consider a wash-off tanner if you're looking for a more subtle shade change. As with gradual tanner, you can build the color to the depth you want instead of going way too dark, and you're not stuck looking tan if you decide you don't like it.
  • If you have golden or olive undertones, make sure to use your tanner sparingly. Many self-tanners have lots of red undertones, and if you slather it on thick it can muddy, rather than accentuate, your beautiful undertones.

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Merlin713 Merlin713 5 years
I have alabaster shaded skin and I use the Jergens stuff. I tan so good in the summer if I get any sun, and I look a <b>lot</b> different. I don't get in the sun close to what I used to...the Jergens works good enough for me. The only thing I hate about all these products is the smell. Jergens doesn't smell bad, but you definitely know you applied it even if you let it dry for an hour before getting dressed.
Merlin713 Merlin713 5 years
I have alabaster shaded skin and I use the Jergens stuff. I tan so good in the summer if I get any sun, and I look a lot different. I don't get in the sun close to what I used to...the Jergens works good enough for me. The only thing I hate about all these products is the smell. Jergens doesn't smell bad, but you definitely know you applied it even if you let it dry for an hour before getting dressed.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
I really like the L'oreal Sublime Bronze line. The "gradual" isn't all that gradual, especially on my fair skin, but one coat of it give me a bit of a glow, and then I move to the medium, more brown shades to go any darker. The only problem with the medium version is that it's so glittery, like you're going to a rave or something!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 5 years
I've been using the Target version of Jergen's Natural Glow and it's working pretty well. I have fair, dry skin that doesn't tan too well, and I'm trying to keep my New Year's resolution not to bake myself by the pool this summer. I find that if I use it every day I start to get orange, but if I use it every other day it just gives me a nice color. A friend actually complimented my "tan" the other day.
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