Tanning, as well as its dangers, can be pretty pricey. There are other ways to achieve the gorgeous glow you desire without the risk and I’ve tried more than a few. My personal experiences:
The gradual tanning sprays, like Neutrogena MicroMist® Airbrush Sunless Tan (about $10), tanning usually go on clear and gradually get darker.
The drawbacks, if you happen to spray too much so the spray drips down your body, you won’t see it until the spray is dry and there is what looks like a tan dripping down your leg. You can imagine that being a little embarrassing.
The benefits, you don’t have to worry about orange hands!
The lotions come in tinted and clear. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze™ Self Tanning Gelee (about $10) is the lotion of choice for me. It goes on clear and gradually gets darker.
The benefits, it dries quick enough that I can still apply it when I’m in a rush and know it will be dry in a few minutes for me to get dressed.
The drawbacks, my cuticles are ALWAYS orange. I tried putting Vaseline on and around my nail beds before I used the lotion and washed my hands with soap immediately after but I still had orange cuticles.
Towlettes! L’Oreal Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Towelettes (about $10) are my new favorite. The benefits, they have the prefect amount of solution on them, no guessing. It goes on even and dries within minutes. I use Vaseline on and around my nail beds and wash my hands right after and NO MORE ORANGE CUTICLES!
The drawbacks, none so far, will update if I start to have any problems.
Tips: I apply normal lotion all over on days I don’t use the tanner to keep the color even and to keep my skin moisturized helping to extend the life of the tan.
What self-tanners have you tried?