I had a reader question (thank you!) about sunless tanners for fair skin. She wants to know which ones I think are the best for a natural looking tan. Now, don't hate me. I am not one to use self tanners. I am part Italian and do a good job of tanning during the summer. Like I said, "Don't hate me...please!" However, with that said, I did my research, and here's what I've come up with:
Jergen's Natural Glow Moisturizer. This comes in a lotion or a body mousse. I have actually used this and loved it. It really works! I think the only reason why I stopped was because it has a distinct smell and I get bored of things easily. The color come on gradually and looks very natural. It now comes in two formulas: Firming and Revitalizing.
Famous Dave's Fair Skin Body and Face Tanner. This tanning lotion was specifically designed for the fair skinned. The reviews are incredible. You can find it here.
Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunless Tanning. This is a "natural" tanner. The only downside is that it takes a good 24 hours to develop.
Clarins Glow Body Lotion. This is about 25% bronzer and 75% lotion. It gives an unbelievably even tone to the skin and feels great too!
Here are some tips for making your tan even and long lasting:
EXFOLIATE, exfoliate, exfoliate!!!! Make sure to scrub every last inch of your body, especially your knees and elbows.
DON'T apply tanner in the bathroom right after the shower. The steam will disrupt the tanning process.
DRY, dry, dry your skin. Make sure your skin is very dry before applying the lotion.
WAIT at least 3 hours before showering or exercising after sunless tanning.
This is why I loved the Jergen's lotion so much. I could just put in on in place of my normal body lotion and be done with it.
Those are my suggestions. Do you have any for my fair-skinned friend? Let me know!
Oh! I almost forgot. Spray on tans, like Sun FX, that are applied by hand by a trained technician come out awesome! They can be pricey, but really worth it for a special occasion. Stay away from Mystic Tan. That stuff reeks, and looks awful! Just sayin'...
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!