As the mercury rises, so does our desire for sun-kissed skin. In the Summer months I advocate tanning for all my clients — as long as it's the type that comes from a bottle. We're all aware of the dangers of roasting in the sun, or exposing your skin to a tanning bed. Thankfully, sunless tanning has become more convenient in recent years. It's now easier to avoid the pitfalls of the past, like streaked skin or the noxious scents so often associated with tanning products. Here's my recipe for healthy, glowing-looking skin. See Gina's advice when you keep reading.
To re-create a faux tan, start off by exfoliating the skin and moisturizing any dry areas. (Heather used the brand's Tan Optimizer Body Polish ($16) and Tan Optimizer Body Moisturizer ($30).) Next, use latex gloves and apply St. Tropez Wash Off Instant Glow ($18) using sweeping strokes. Best of all, this safe way to tan is also temporary and won't rub off. To remove, just wash with soap and water. It's as easy as that.
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Lindsay Lohan and the Kardashian sisters know all about what it takes to get that radiant glow year-round: an amazing self-tanner. We've rolled up our sleeves to review Lindsay's Sevin Nyne formula and Kardashian Glamour Tan. Watch our video to find out which one results in a faux tan with plenty of star power.
Lindsay Lohan and the Kardashian sisters know all about what it takes to get that radiant glow year-round: an amazing self-tanner! Annie reviews Lohan’s Sevin Nyne Tanning Mist and Glamour Tan Gel by Kardashian Beauty to find out which tanning solution is the better buy. Watch our video to find out how each one fares in the following categories: scent, application, color, and duration.
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.
Most self-tans last for about a week, so if you're simply looking for a run-of-the-mill temporary tan, inexpensive drugstore products get the job done. If you seek a more luxurious experience, there's no shortage of scented treats out there. And to make that tan last a little longer, follow these three easy steps: exfoliate before application, put on a little lotion before you begin, and apply a moisturizing self-tanner.