It’s that time of the winter where I’m really craving some color. And no, I’m definitely not going to a tanning bed! Although I love bronzers, they can only go so far. To warm up my pale winter skin, I’ve turned to self-tanners to fake my golden glow. Read on for a few of my favorites…
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, which is one of my favorites–I’ve used this for years on a regular basis in place of lotion after my shower. It gives a subtle, natural looking glow over a few days. No staining or unpleasant smell, Jergens natural glow Daily Moisturizer retails at approximately $8.99 and is available at grocery, discount and drugstores, including CVS. Great to use year ’round!
Tantasia® Self Tanner and Bronzer by jane iredale helps you to bronze instantly while building your tan day by day. Tantasia® is a tinted, lightweight, citrus scented, moisturizing natural bronzer that blends easily for an even, streak-free glow. I like that this self tanner builds a gradual, natural looking tan and is great, even if you only want to warm up your skin’s natural color. Tantasia® retails for $36 and is available at shop.janeiredale.com. Love this one!
Fake Bake Fair has a light fragrance and easy application with the pair of gloves that are included in the package. The result is a very natural looking tan. I did get some color rub-off with this one, but it washed out easily without staining. Fake Bake Fair is available at leading salons nation wide and retails for $25.95.
Because the skin on your face is different than on the rest of your body, your choice of a self tanning product should be specific to the face also. I’ve been using Shiseido Daily Bronze Moisturizing Emulsion for Face. I love that it adds gradual color–nothing drastic. I’ve been using it in the morning in place of a moisturizer and love it. No breakouts or sensitivities and best of all, no orange color. $36
There are a few steps that you need to take to get a gorgeous faux glow. First, prepare your skin. Because skin is more dry in the winter, exfoliating to get the dead skin off is key to a good result. Use an exfoliating scrub or polish in the shower. If you need to, apply extra lotion to elbows and knees to avoid uneven color. Lastly, reapply your self-tanner every 3 or 4 days to maintain your glow.
Do you use a self-tanner during the winter to warm up your skin color? Let me know in the comments!