This weeks question comes from Julie:
“After a cold winter my legs are white and the transition to bare legs is scary. What do you recommend for a natural looking sun kissed look? Any lotions that give you a subtle tan?”
Julie, welcome to the story of my life! I’ve been “testing” self-tanners since I was 12 years old and could walk to the drugstore with my babysitting money. We just spent a week in California and the pictures of me on the beach, glowing in the sun, was all I needed to see to get back into self-tanners. I barely made our flight, so I was a bit out of sorts prior to the trip. After I saw our vacation pictures, I’d miss my flight before I miss a self-tan.
I have three favorites:
If your skin is super sensitive (like mine) you’ll like this version of the beloved St. Tropez. It’s by far my favorite on the market. You can see the color go on, which, for the most part, prevents streaking. Pick up the applicator mitt. It keeps your hands from getting stained and cuts the application time in half.
If you like tan towels, Kate Somerville makes the very best. There is a slight odor when you first apply it (nothing terrible) but it goes away in an hour or so. I will travel with these and use as a touch up after using either the St. Tropez or splurging on a spray tan.
Jergens Natural Glow, $7.19
A drugstore staple, this is the only product under $15.00 that produces real, subtle results. It takes some time for the color to build, but after a few days you can maintain it easily throughout the season. I found the best way to apply is to shave and exfoliate at night and then apply in the morning. It dries fast enough that you can apply in the morning and be dry before you get dressed for work.