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The Search For a Sunless Glow: How to Get the Perfect Faux Tan

Editor's note: The following post is written by our guest writer, Hourglass Artistic Director Gina Brooke. Here, she shares her tips for achieving the perfect sunless glow.

As the mercury rises, so does our desire for sun-kissed skin. In the Summer months I advocate tanning for all my clients — as long as it's the type that comes from a bottle. We're all aware of the dangers of roasting in the sun, or exposing your skin to a tanning bed. Thankfully, sunless tanning has become more convenient in recent years. It's now easier to avoid the pitfalls of the past, like streaked skin or the noxious scents so often associated with tanning products. Here's my recipe for healthy, glowing-looking skin. See Gina's advice when you keep reading.

First, prep your skin by gently cleansing and exfoliating. Avoid using a moisturizer, which may interfere with your tanner. I'm obsessed with Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Cleansing Gel. This lightweight gel removes impurities, is nongreasy, and restores the skin's PH balance. If you have sensitive skin, as I do, I recommend exfoliating with Sisley's Botanical Gentle Facial Buffing Cream. It contains super-fine granules suspended in a rich cream that also soothes skin. For the body, I'm a fan of Ole Henriksen's Rub N' Buff Salt Scrub. It's an energizing blend of sea salt, lemongrass, and lavender that feels incredible.

Now that your skin is suitably polished, I recommend starting with your body first. Lately, I've been taken with Temptu's Air Pod Tanning Collection. Designed to be used in conjunction with their airbrush system, it's a three-step tanning kit enriched with botanical ingredients that creates truly impressive results. For the face, I switch to Hourglass's Solar Tan Self-Tanning Primer, a miraculous tanner- and primer-in-one. It creates a natural glow that intensifies after five days of use — making it ideal for faking a Caribbean escape. Free of parabens and fragrances, it also contains vitamin A and E, and glycerin to moisturize the complexion. For most of us, going just one shade darker is the aim. No matter what product you're using, apply bronzer where the sun hits — the forehead, cheeks, and nose — and use sparingly everywhere else.

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