Yes, it’s fall, but this is a great time to discuss self-tanner because now is when we start losing our summer glow, and if you’re like me, you want to make it last as long as possible. Plus, I have some tropical trips in my near future, so I will definitely be making use of my favorite self tanning lotion to keep my summer tan alive for a few more months.
I’ve used a lot of self-tanners over the years, but there is one that consistently comes out on top. My absolute favorite is the Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel — if you don’t mind spending a small fortune on a natural-looking tan, that is. The Clarins retails for about $36, but it usually lasts me a couple of months.
It goes on smoothly and evenly, it smells pretty good (for a self tanner) and it doesn’t turn you orange. And the thing I really like about it is, after one application, you have a fairly decent tan. With two, you look great.
It works fairly quickly too. So when you’re getting ready to go out for a night on the town, and you suddenly realize you’re legs are going to glow in the dark, the Clarins saves the day! When I feel like splurging, I always go for the Clarins.
I hear good things about St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, but I’ve never tried it.
If spending $30 on a beauty product makes you want to launch your lunch, there are some good quality drugstore brands available.
The one that stands out above the rest is Jergens Natural Glow.
Across the board, this seems to be the most-loved self tanner on the market. It builds slowly, so you do have to apply it in advance. It is best used on a regular basis — don’t try to use it at the last minute and expect a dramatic result. But if you use it every morning for several days in a row, it builds slowly to a nice, natural-looking healthy glow.
You can also buy it for various skin tones, which is a really nice feature. It makes it less likely to streak on pale skin if you buy the product for fair to medium skin tones. And if you have a darker complexion or a base tan already, and you DO want something that is going to, you know, show up, then the one for medium to tan skin tones will work better for you.
AND they have updated their formula so that it doesn’t smell nearly as strong as it used to.
Another brand that I have used and like is Xen-Tan. It’s also $30, but you get 8 ounces rather than 4, as with the Clarins.
There are lots of great sunless tanning products on the market these days. I really do think the secret is in the application. Feel free to leave your favorites in the comments!