Monday, July 13, 2009

Tanning Products...

Once we hit our thirties, we really start to think about the damage we have done to our skin. Over the years, exposure to the sun has added wrinkles and time. Besides wanting to save the texture and clarity of my skin, the fear of skin cancer is always looming. I have begun to take precautions and protect my skin. This means no more tanning beds, no more laying out on the beach and soaking up the sun. But, I also do not want to have legs that glow in the dark at the next dinner party we attend!

Over the past few weeks I have tried several sunless tanning products to determine which ones are right for me. There is a ton of products to choose from on your drugstore shelves, and they are not cheap, so you want to make sure you get the right one!

Sunless Tanning Product Recommendations:

If you have time to build up a glow, the best choice is Jergens Natural Glow. This is a subtle tinter, that has room for error. If you do not get it on just right, no one can tell. It builds gradually, there is no orange tint to it, and there is no noticeable streaking. The only drawback is that it takes a while to dry into your skin. It will stain your clothes upon application so you have to stay in a towel after application for about 15 minutes. The scent is good, not over powering, and it softens skin like a typical lotion. This is a good value for less than 10.00! After 3 applications you will have a natural glow. Remember to keep applying, though, or the color will fade!

If you need an immediate tan, I recommend Loreal Sublime Glow. It is not overpowering, less streaky than other brands, lightly scented and dries quickly. I have not had problems with it staining clothes, but make sure you wait the full 10 minute drying time. This one adds color to your face and body. Creamy and smooth. The immediate tint helps you locate any spots you missed, and it is forgiving. You can quickly fill in spots, and there isn't any discoloration from different applications. Again, a good deal for under 10.00 for several applications!

I do not recommend any spray on self tanning products. Although they seem easier to apply, they do streak! Especially the neck area. These take a long time to dry, it is hard to determine if you missed a spot, the spray is not good for the environment, they have a lingering odor, and it takes several hours for the color to emerge!

Have you tried any tanning products lately? Which have you found the best? Do you have any tips for application? Feel free to share those ideas here....

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