Summer is almost at its end, and perhaps you find yourself paler than you imagined yourself to be. All those days at the office didn’t do much for your tan, and all those promised beach days just never seemed to happen. So what do you do?
You could hit the tanning bed. But you know UV rays (used at tanning salons) are super harmful for your skin. You could get a spray tan. But it’s super inconvenient for your busy schedule, not to mention kind of pricey. So here’s your solution: self tanner. Forget all the streaky horror stories you’ve heard from people who’ve used the self tanners of the past—these three brands promise streak-free, natural colour that makes you look like you just got back from a tropical vacation.
Loving Tan is an Australia-based company that makes no-fuss, flawless-in-one-swipe tanning products. Those new to the brand should first and foremost give their Deluxe Bronzing Mousse (available in medium, dark and ultra-dark, according to your preference) a try. It’s easy to use, only requires a one-time application for a deep, flawless tan, leaves your skin softened with aloe vera, and smells amazing. It’s quick-drying formula means you can easily incorporate it into your busy schedule, so you stay flawlessly tanned all the time. And, unlike other self-tanners, Loving Tan’s Deluxe Bronzing Mousse fades naturally, without patchiness, so your bronzed glow never looks fake. For an extra glow, apply their Bronze Shimmer Luminous Cream (also available in medium, dark and ultra-dark) over your developed tan for an instant, enhanced bronzed effect. Or, wear it on its own for a quick, wash-away tan. Apply both products with the brand’s Deluxe Applicator Mitt for a seamless, perfect-every-time application. And forget about hard to reach areas—the Loving Tan Easy to Reach Back Applicator makes it easy to tan your entire body, and is perfect for novices and pros alike. Just apply a small amount of product onto the soft foam applicator for a perfect application every time.
Loving Tan even has you covered when you want to remove your tan. Simply buff the skin with their Tan Removing and Skin Polishing Glove to remove dead skin cells and leave you ready for your next application.
The products: Vita Liberata is the tan to use when you don’t want to reapply for 2 weeks at a time. Their best-selling self tanning mousse, the pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse, leaves skin beautifully tanned with natural-looking olive undertones that fade as naturally as a real tan. The mousses comes in three colours: use Fair for a very subtle glow, Medium for a golden-bronze look, and Dark for a deeply-tanned effect. With aloe vera and cucumber, pHenomenal leaves skin hydrated for 72 hours, and doesn’t have that classic self-tanner smell.
For quicker results, try Vita Liberata’s Ten Minute Tan, which delivers the perfect golden tan in six hours, and only requires ten minutes of wear. Just apply it as you would a regular self tanner, but skip the wait time. Leave it on for ten minutes and rinse it off.The tan will develop over the next six hours, so you can carry on with your busy schedule. Consider it your on-the-go tan—perfect for hectic lifestyles.
The products: In need of a quick, temporary tan? Look no further than Say Hello to Sexy Legs’ Tinted Glow Gel. The quick-drying gel delivers an instant, natural bronzed glow while coconut and grape seed oil soften the skin. Infused with caffeine and green tea, the gel works to help correct the appearance of cellulite, covering imperfections and giving the skin an airbrushed look. It’s sheer, yet build-able, so it always looks natural, and can be easily washed off with soap and water. You can use it on just the legs, or on the arms and décolleté for an all-over glow. The gel is transfer resistant and won’t stain your clothes, making it the perfect tanned-for-a-day product to use anytime your skin needs a glow (and let’s be honest, there’s never a bad time for a glow).
Just need some extra glow without the deepened colour? Try Say Hello to Sexy Legs’ Illuminating Fluid,a weightless highlighting fluid designed to give the skin a youthful, lit-from-within glow. Its light-reflecting shimmer is perfect for a night out or when you just want to enhance your golden tan. The fluid is great for all skin tones, and can be worn anywhere you want a bit of glow—try it on the legs, shoulders, and décolleté for a goddess-like glow. Bonus: Say Hello To Sexy Legs will not only leave you looking amazing, but also leave you smelling amazing. Both their Illuminating Fluid and Tinted Glow Gel smell fragrant and sweet, and don’t have that self-tanner or instant-bronzer smell.