3 Simple Steps to Keep Your Summer Glow Going Through Fall

Aug 28 2013 - 10:01am

Thanks to skin-exposing short shorts and strappy tanks, self-tanning goes hand in hand with Summer, but it can still be a useful tool going into Fall. But beware: turning out orange is even more unnatural this time of year. Keep your Summer glow from turning to sallow skin with these cool-weather self-tanner tips.

1. Go for a lighter touch. In the Fall, you aren't looking to re-create your three-shade tan from Summer. It's more the time for a complexion pick-me-up. For the most refined finish, opt for products made for lighter skin tones or facial formulas over heavy-duty color boosters.

2. The more moisture, the better. Lotion will be your best option to avoid streaks, dilute too-strong products, and maintain a more inconspicuous tan all Fall. Choose a subtle color cream, like Jergens Natural Glow [1] ($9), or mix a tanning foam with moisturizer for a gradual bronze.

3. Spot treatment. If you're covered by sweaters and tights this season, do you really need to go through the trouble of faux-tanning your whole body? Not necessarily. When in a rush, focus on exposed areas only: the face, neck, d├ęcolletage, arms, and hands.

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