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…

The self-tanning products that I’ve been using include:

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  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!






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