I spent my high school years dabbling with sunless tanning. More often than not, my hands would turn a fake shade of orange and my body resembled some sort of streaking brown. Since college, however, I’ve mastered the sunless tan, and I’ve found that whether it’s a cheap brand from Wal-Mart or a quality product from the beauty counter – the key to success when sunless tanning is in patience. Repeat the Sunless Tanner’s Motto:
Exfoliate, shave, dry, apply thoroughly, wash your hands thoroughly, and enjoy. (Repeat as necessary.)
These directions are on every bottle of sunless tanner for a reason, and it’s to your advantage to follow them perfectly.
Now that you know how to apply sunless tanner like a pro, you’ll learn about three sunless tanning lotions that offer amazing – yet different – results.
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer markets itself as more of a standard lotion than a sunless tanner. This being said, however, it delivers amazing results. In just a week, you’ll see a healthy glow. The light-weight nature of this lotion means the skin absorbs it quickly and the chances of orange hands and streaky legs are greatly reduced. Jergens is an excellent option for people who don’t have the time to patiently apply other sunless tanners. Also, Jergens offers this formula for three different skin tones – Fair, Medium, and Medium/Tan. This means your tan, while subtle, will be very natural looking. Jergens sells for $5.99.
Neutrogena Moisture Rich Sunless Tanning
With a one-time application, Neutrogena Moisture Rich Sunless Tanning gives results. While you’ll have to follow the Sunless Tanner’s Motto to a T, it is possible to find a quality tan in a bottle for under $15. Unlike one-time-application sunless tanning lotions of the past, Neutrogena’s products smell great and dry quickly. Another advantage of Neutrogena Moisture Rich Sunless Tanning lotion is that it’s also SPF 20 sunblock – doing double duty for your skincare. Neutrogena also offers scrubs and face lotions to complete your sunless tanning regime. Neutrogena Moisture Rich Sunless Tanning lotion sells for $11.99.
Lancome Flash Bronzer
You can feel the quality in Lancome Flash Bronzer. It’s non-greasy formula gives quick and lasting results. One application makes a stunning, deep tan on nearly any skin tone and last up to a week. The darker the tanning results, however, the more likelihood of orange hands and streaky legs. Lancome Flash Bronzer also includes botanical extracts and pure vitamin E leaving skin silky for the day. The only drawback is the $27 price tag. Pick up this product when the Lancome counter is offering a free gift with purchase (usually a makeup bag with samples of lipstick, shadow, and more) to justify the expense.