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Use Tinted Moisturizer or Bronzer on Legs When Working Out in Shorts

Tinted Moisturizer — the Unlikely Tool in a Marathoner's Arsenal

Because of all the health risks associated with achieving a sun-kissed glow, I'm not big on tanning. Related: I was made fun of for being so pale at a friend's Summer wedding a few years back. A girlfriend quickly intervened and gave me liquid bronzer to use on my arms, shoulders, and legs — I've been a convert ever since. I like it because it gives the illusion of a natural tan but washes off at the end of the day.

I'm not the only one who likes using this stuff. Reality star Stephanie Pratt says she uses Sally Hansen's Sparkle Legs during bikini season to hide imperfections and cellulite. And the authors of Run Like a Mother say that they — and a lot of other marathoners — use similar products when running in shorts or skorts to make their gams look great in finish line and post-race photos.

If you're a little on the pale side and are self-conscious about working out in shorts this season, tinted body lotion or bronzer may be for you. Personally I'm a fan of Benefit's Jiffy Tan, which I tone down just a hint by mixing it with my everyday body lotion. Besides Jiffy Tan, there is Stephanie Pratt's favorite — Sally Hansen — which you can find at most drugstores. Both of these products have the slightest bit of shimmer to them, which works with the light to camouflage imperfections and tone down the appearance of cellulite. And if you do decide to use a product like this, make sure to rub it into your skin completely so it won't end up looking streaky on your legs.

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't usually care about how my legs look when I work out, but I prefer to use Jergen's Natural Glow because it shows up gradually and doesn't wash off right away.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Wouldn't it look streaky by the end of a marathon anyway....since you're sweating the stuff off?
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
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