Summer Skin

Tan skin is perpetually “in” in Southern California, seeing as it’s almost always sunny here. But for people in many other parts of the world, the slow approach of summer and warm weather may mean the body’s first time getting some significant sun in a long time. If sun damage scares you, if the idea of sitting outside for hours on end is less than inviting, or if the prospect of going to the pool or beach initially without a beloved tan is unwelcome, than the art of fake-tanning may be for you. Here we will talk all about self-tanner products available on the market (and please forget all about tanning beds!).


Self-tanning products have evolved and upgraded quite a bit as of late. I have personally tried the full spectrum: high-end to drugstore prices, gradual tanners to products that develop in just an hour, and creams, oils and foam formulas.


The benefits to getting a tan using a product of some type includes getting the desired color quickly and more safely than long hours exposed to the sun. Some people enjoy or comment on a tan for it’s “healthy” look or the “glow” it can give a person. For others, it simply can hide insecurities including stretch marks, cellulite and body hair. Regardless of whether a fake tan is wanted for the skin-saving qualities or the appearance-enhancing benefits, tans are often associated with summer and often start feeling more desirable as spring and summer start.


While they are a quick-fix, they do often come with some drawbacks. To the inexperienced, a lot of self-tanning products can be difficult to apply the first time, and difficult to get the hang of initially. Most commonly, quick-developing tanners include a “guide” color, which allows you to clearly see where you have already applied the product to ensure you cover the area seamlessly. This same, helpful guide color can rub off on your sheets or clothes if you choose to sleep in it or if your product requires the tan to develop on your skin for several hours. Some users experience the inevitable tanning mishaps of streaky coverage, or realizing your makeup no longer matches, or having the tan develop to the wrong shade for you. Most if not all of these inconveniences however, can be fixed with a little practice. Trying out different formulas and different application techniques will over time make you such an expert at self-tanning, if that’s your thing.


Despite the drawbacks, if you are interested in self-tanners, it is quite a low-risk beauty investment considering all factors. It can be perfect for a special event to give you a sun-kissed glow, especially if you have worked out the kicks of application and have found a product you trust. If you do try out some self-tanning products, let us know on our Facebook page the products you tried and your personal experiences with them!