Best part of December: Not having to be in a swimsuit.
Worst part of December: Not having the tan you get from being in a swimsuit.
If you are an avid follower, then you know that I 100000% believe that “if you can’t tone it, tan it!” There’s nothing better than the confidence boost you get from when your skin is a little more bronze than usual. But if you want to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, or you are someone who burns easily, then self-tanning products are probably on your radar.
But they can be really overwhelming, right? Which ones are best for your skin tone? Which ones do or don’t streak? Which ones will stain my skin and which ones wash off in the shower? Which ones are safe for me to use on my face? As a self proclaimed expert, I’ve got the answers…alongside some of my favorites!
-It Works Perfect Legs: Ever watched the Real Housewives reunions and wondered how their legs look so glowy and shiny and blemish free? Yeah, me too. Honestly, its probably this product. While its got a bronze tint, don’t expect your skin to look 5 shades darker. Do expect your skin to look radiant & hydrated. I would almost venture to say that this product is what it looks like if a liquid highlighter and a liquid bronzer had a baby and you rubbed it all over your body. And FYI: you can use this all over, not just your legs!
–Vita Liberata Body Blur: So after further investigation, I have realized that I totally thought this product washed off in the shower like a body makeup. And I still think it does because honestly I have never noticed that it left a self-tanning-esque stain to my skin. But here’s what I do know: This is basically like full coverage foundation for your body. You will look like a greek goddess…it covers cellulite, it covers discoloration or reddness, and its basically like an Instagram filter for your body. I wear color LATTE.
–Tan Towels for the Face & Body: While I don’t use these regularly because I find them somewhat drying, they are awesome to have in your suitcase in the event you need a quick glow to develop in about 4 hours or so. They resemble a large papertowel and are incredibly easy to use. I’ve never felt orange afterwards or had any reaction to using them on my face.
–Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pad: I’m not lying when I say these are aggressive…like aggressive in a good way. If you want, say, your face/neck/chest to be tan overnight, rub one of these bad boys on and VOILA! One thing to note though: They have skincare elements built into them so 1) they are more hydrating than others, but 2) you might have a reaction if you have sensitive skin.
–St. Tropez Gradual Tan: Scared of self-tanning in general but on the flip side you’re so pale that you’re practically see through? Pick up a bottle of this. The color will develop over time so slowly that you’ll think its not working….but you’ll look back at pics from a week before and go, OH I AM TANNER!!! HOW BOUT THAT?! Also, the watermelon smell beats the hell out of that horrible cat piss smell that most self-tanners have!
–Tan Luxe The Body Drops: These are probably the simplest in terms of not fucking it up…if I’m being honest. If you are scared that your hands are going to look bright orange or that you are gonna be left with streaks that make you look like you got fondled by Chester the Cheeto, then these are what you need in your life. You drop 3-4 drops into your hands and mix with the lotion of your choice. BOOM, DONE.
Any self-tanning favorites of yours that we all need to try? Tell us about them in the comments below!