Early in the summer, I was visiting friends back home who had the prettiest sun-kissed skin. I, on the other hand, looked pasty and white and had to ask their secret. They told me they get a good natural looking spray tan often (a girl comes to their house), which keeps them looking healthy and glowy. I was intrigued, not so much by the girl coming to the house (that was a nice luxury), but that self-tanning is a big part of people’s beauty routine, no matter the season.
I haven’t touched a self-tanner in a few years, probably should have now that I think of it, mostly out of laziness and afraid of being disappointed with the results. So after visiting friends and barely making it to the beach this summer, I got back on self-tan kick and tried a few new formulas that were pretty amazing. I even explored self tanners on my face, which was totally scary and off limits until now.
So with this transition from summer into fall, I’m keeping that sun-kissed glow going and following in the footsteps of my friends that a healthy natural glow goes along way. While there are a ton of faux glow products out there right now that promise the same thing, I found these three below really good, all with a seamless application, natural color and quick drying time. Of course, you need to make sure you prep the skin by exfoliating (I like to use these scrubbing gloves for my body):
Why bother with a mask you may ask? Why not? At first, I was intimated to use this sheet mask infused with self-tanner, but after one use and the pretty natural tan it left I was hooked. The mask does not fit on my face perfectly, which made me nervous, but since you rub in the dewy serum afterwards you do hit any missing spots. Plus, there was zero streaks and smell, and it left my skin feeling soft.
This is basically body makeup, and I love it for when I’m in a pinch and notice bad tan lines, uneven skin tone and want my legs and body to look flawless without a big commitment. The formula glides on easily and leaves a nice golden hue that works on most skin tones. It washes off in 24 hours.
By far the easiest sunless tanner I have used in years. I like how this moisturizing oil dries quickly and leaves the prettiest natural golden color. It goes on in small squirts so it’s important to blend in circular motions, but it always looks super-natural and lasts for a few days. I will be using this one throughout the year for sure.
Do you have a favorite self-tanner? And do you self-tan year round? Would love to hear in the comments.