Faux Glow: Self Tan Picks For A Summer Glow All Year Long
By Alix Turoff
Sporting a glowing tan all year round is great, but the risks of indoor tanning…not so much. (And by that we mean: TERRIBLE IDEA.)
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reports that tanning is especially harmful for young people and sites that those who use tanning beds before the age of 30 increase their lifetime risk of melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, by 75%.
Another side effect of a tanning booth: wrinkles!
Avoiding the tanning booth, though, doesn’t mean you can’t have a UV-free beachy glow thanks to some of our favorite sunless tanning products!
5 Safe + Sunless Products For a Tan All Year Long
If you’re short on time… Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 Hour Tan Mousse ($12.38)
Thanks to the accelerating ingredients in this tan mousse, your self-tan can develop to a rich cocoa brown color in only one hour and last you anywhere between five to seven days. The mousse makes it easy to apply and the Tahitian Gardenia scent is so much more pleasant than the classic “copper” smell of the self-tanners of yore.
If you want a drugstore find… L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum ($10.99)
If you have 11 bucks and a desire to get some color, you’ll have to try this drugstore favorite. The golden serum is super concentrated and totally streak free. It dries fast, smells fresh and lasts up to 2 weeks – all for less than the cost of parking at some beaches!
If you want to tan + tone in one step… SVELTA Tan Skin Perfecting Self-Tanner ($38)
Who wouldn’t want a more defined look, younger looking skin, and a gorgeous tan within minutes? This self tanner is packed with firming botanicals, anti-aging extracts, and mineral bronzers to give you just that! Plus, the formula also provide a quick boost of color so that you can enjoy your tan before it develops to its full color in 4-8 hours.
If you don’t want to get your hands dirty… Karora Express Bronzing Mousse ($40)
The self-tan applicator mitt that comes with this mousse makes this self tanner a favorite for our less careful ladies. If you’ve ever applied a self tanner only to have your palms orange and you body streaky and uneven, you need to try this mousse and mitt duo to get a streak-free finish.
If you prefer a more temporary effect… Vita Liberta Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals ($45)
This mineral bronzing powder gives your skin a faux glow for up to five days and magically suits ANY skin tone. We like to use this powder to contour but feel free to use it to get an all over glow!
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