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Just Say No to Spray Tan

My ancestors hail from Scotland, England and possibly Germany so I’m pretty much a pasty northern European mutt. I was “blessed” with pale skin that tans easily but fades fast. I also am rather self conscious about the amount of spots and freckles I tend to accumulate so needless to say, I feel much better about myself with a suntan than without.

I’m not afraid of the sun; I think it’s actually good for you — in moderate amounts. And there’s nothing I love more than basking in the sunshine on a warm summer afternoon. However, my hectic life at the moment does not allow me the luxury of such afternoons very often.

Thus my obsession with self tanner.

I rely on sunless tanning options to give my skin that healthy looking glow when I can’t get in the sun as much as I’d like — or to even up the back of my legs because I tend to get the “mom tan” — where my body is tan on the front and pale on the back from sitting on the side of the pool playing lifeguard to three rambunctious kids.

I’ve tried various sunless tanning options over the years. The self tanners of old weren’t very effective. They would streak whenever I got wet, which rather defeats the purpose when you’re a young mom spending her summer afternoons standing in knee-deep water, hovering over a teetering toddler.

One year I tried the spray tan at the tanning salon. Now THAT was a sight to behold. They sent me into a little room like a shower stall and instructed me to strip down and cover my hair with a shower cap. Then I stood with my hands in the air, eyes closed, and turned slowly in circles under a heavy brown mist for about 15 seconds, trying not to breathe it in or get it in my eyes. After that, I used the baby wipes provided to wipe off knees and elbows and other areas that tend to collect tanning product and create a mess. It dries after a few minutes, and you’re good to go!

I did the spray tan exactly twice. The first time it actually looked pretty good, but it was definitely dark — darker than I can get with at-home self-tanning lotions. So dark that a friend asked me if I’d been on vacation. Which is kinda cool, but on the other hand, you don’t really want fake bake to be that drastic.

The second time, for whatever reason, my spray tan went terribly wrong. It came out dark and streaky and terribly unnatural looking. If I cut my hair, I could have probably passed for George Hamilton.

After that, I swore off spray tans forever. It was back to sunless tanning lotions for me. While I’ve tried many over the years, Jergens Natural Glow has always been my go-to drugstore sunless tanning product. I’ve recommended it several times on different sites I write for. It works well if you want a subtle, buildable tan that won’t break the bank.

The one problem I’ve had with it is the smell. It’s not entirely unpleasant, but it is strong. Sometimes I find myself going for another brand to avoid the strong scent, even though the Jergens works well, so I was thrilled to hear that Jergens has introduced NEW and improved formulation with almost no odor. They sent me a few bottles to try, and I will be testing them out over the next few weeks and sharing my experience with you. I can’t wait to try it!

UPDATE: See my review of the new Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizers HERE.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jergens Skincare®. The opinions, text, and editorial decisions are mine and presented without prejudice.

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