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A Healthy Winter Tan

This Sunday marks the end of Daylight Saving Time, which means the days are going to get shorter. But just because the sun is going to be scarce doesn't mean you can't maintain a light, healthy-looking tan. (Please, just don't go overboard!) The advances in self-tanning products over the past few years have been so remarkable that there's really no excuse to lay out in the sun any more. Here are my favorite self-tanners for instant and gradual results for the face and body.

FOR QUICK RESULTS
Neutrogena Sunless Tanning Spray Micro Mist Medium, $10.99, available here. I've heard some people complain that this gets splotchy if your skin has dry patches, but I have dry skin and I've never had a problem. Just make sure to apply right after exfoliating in a moisture-free room (i.e., not the bathroom you just showered in) and rub it in for extra blending.

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FOR THE FACE
Clarins Tinted Self Tanning Face Cream SPF 15, $28, available here. This amazingly even tinted lotion gives you a bronzed look while the self-tanner is working, and the added SPF 15 sunscreen keeps your face protected from the actual sun when you're outdoors.

FOR A GRADUAL TAN
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for Medium Skin Tones, $5.99, available here. Given, this product is slightly overexposed, but for good reason. The serious budget buy is one of the best gradual-tanning lotions out there. It goes on smooth without streaks and has a wonderful clean scent to boot.

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BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
I see what you are saying. I would hate for that to happen. EW!
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 9 years
Blonde_ I love the idea of getting a little extra color sometimes with a self-tanner, but I used Loreal Sublime Bronze once and it got all over my things! Maybe I did it wrong? But I haven't tried since...
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
azucar_maddy I was thinking the same thing
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 9 years
Sugars, do you have problems with self-tanners getting on your sheets and towels, etc after application?
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
The Jergens does stink to high heaven. I woke up in the middle of the night with headaches bc of that smell
mendo mendo 9 years
I will tell you how to get the perfect self tanning tan with lotion that looks good and smells ok. I've tried pretty much everything too because I'm hella white and don't want skin cancer, so I'm like a fake tanner pro :) Ok, so you'll need Loreal Sublime Bronze Gelee and Loreal Sublime Bronze deep tinted self tanning lotion. Exfoliate at night and after your shower put the gel on making sure to apply correctly. It has vitamin E so it makes your skin softer too and doesn't streak or smell that bad at all. The next morning you'll wake up a little tanner and have softer skin. Then apply a thin layer of the sublime bronze self tanning deep lotion. It's glittery and gives a slight instant tan so by that night, if you're going out, you'll look perfect and not fake. Plus, it's shimmery, so it makes your skin look more toned and the tan is a bronze and not orange. Hope that helps! Coppertone Endless Summer and Jergens both smell gross and the color's not that great anyway. I think Neutrogena is the most orange. Loreal is like $7 each but St. Tropez is one of the best products out there if you want to spend more.
castille castille 9 years
hmmm... maybe I will have to give the neutrogena spray a try. Thanks for the suggestion pink! Though it is definately on the pricey side, I have found the GlowFusion self-tanner to be amazing. It claims to leave no streaks, though, which isn't entirely true. Let's put it this way- it leaves far less streaks. They have it at sephora online if you want to check it out: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P151200&categoryId=B70 The smell's not too bad, either! ;)
pinkparadise42 pinkparadise42 9 years
haha castille! That is so funnny! I wish that the self tanning companies would come up with a more pleasant smell for their products! I often find they smell really weird when you get wet, whenever I take a shower after applying tanner I always smell it! I have used the Neutrogena tanner that you spray on and I like that one. It is so quick and easy and you don't have to worry about it staining your hands like the lotions or gels do. Now, the Neutrogena lotion, i do NOT like! I find it can be streaky but it gets SO orange!
castille castille 9 years
I used the Jergens stuff for awhile... it smells like cat piss. No exaggeration.
Adriana42 Adriana42 9 years
ugh wish they would stop making this stuff..orange people freak me out.
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