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Get Your Glow On All Year Round With a Gradual Self-Tanner

  • posted November 11th, 2011
  • Beauty

While I wouldn’t say that I’m tanorexic, so to speak, and I never verge on the orange side of way too tan, I have to admit that I do enjoy my summer glow. It makes me look and feel healthier, sexier, thinner, and looks great against my favorite brightly-hued wardrobe pieces. But does it really have to be summer to rock a summer glow? Is being tan strictly a seasonal thing? Technically no, but there is something to be said about using self-tanner in moderation in the off-season! Gradual self-tanners help you get and maintain that subtle glow without showing up at work one day looking an entirely different shade than the day before! Moisturize with a gradual self-tanning lotion and skin will be nourished, soothed, and firm while slowly but surely building an even sun-kissed tone. Let’s face it – unless you’re heading out to the tropics for the holiday season, you have no reason to look like you’ve spent a week at the beach in one go!

From left to right: St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Everyday Gradual Tan, Sisley-Paris Soleil San Soleil Self Tanning Lotion, purminerals Get a Little Self Tanning Lotion, and La Prairie Gradual Tanning Lotion.

– Alex Gambardella

Take It Slow With a Gradual Self-Tanner

  • posted June 1st, 2011
  • Beauty

As much as you may crave earning that “authentic” summer glow while basking at the beach or lounging poolside, it’s vital to remember that the only way to tan safely is by doing it completely sun-free! Sure, fake-baking definitely has stigmas associated with it, and of course, no one wants to look orange and streaky (unless you’re dressing up as Snooki for your next costume party), but self-tanner doesn’t have look fake. In fact, if you’re not in a hurry to go bronze in one spritz, and especially if you’re trying to avoid that jarring suddenly-tan contrast that often comes with an overzealous spray tanning session, opt for a gradual self-tanner to help deepen your color in a more buildable way while you moisturize! Gradual tanners are great because they’re subtle but still give great, natural-looking results. Streaks or mistakes don’t show because you’ve built the color over time, allowing you to get your tan on without going overboard in one session, and some, like Too Faced’s Tanning Bed in a Tube, give you a subtle instant glow that washes off, while also building your gradual tan at the same time!

Also pictured: Shiseido Daily Bronze Moisturizing Emulsion, St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Gradual Tan Mousse, Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse, and La Prairie Gradual Tanning Lotion.

– Alex Gambardella

Sunless Spray Tans, A Safe Substitute for Sun Tanning

Searching for a safer way to achieve that radiant glow this summer? Instead of hitting the tanning bed or roasting in the sun’s harmful rays, try a sunless spray tan at your local spa. It’s quick, painless, and a much safer alternative when it comes to achieving that sun-kissed look.

Your treatment will probably begin with a brief consultation with your airbrush specialist to decide what shade is best for you and to make you feel at ease with the person you’re going to be standing in front of in the buff during the airbrushing. You’ll be given disposable spa underwear, some adhesive pads for your feet and a shower cap if you have light hair. Once you’re fingernails are coated in vaseline, it’s time for your misting. Before you know it you’ll be fanning yourself dry and admiring a radiant summer bronze tan with no dangerous UV exposure. is the perfect place to find a local spa. Plus if you use our SpaFinder coupon you can save 10%

If you don’t have a local spa that provides this service, Yves Rocher offers a great new self tanning product called Yves Rocher’s Bronze Nature 3-in-1 Shimmering Sunless Tanning Care lotion. It doesn’t smell as bad as some tanning products and dries quickly but you may need two applications to even out your color. A bonus to this particular sunless tanner is that it offers a subtle hint of glitter, perfect if you’re going out in the evening.

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Kate Somerville Tanning Towelettes: Convenient Or Just Kitschy?

It may be a summer no-brainer to play it safe and stick to sunless tanning when it comes to achieving that perfect seasonal glow, but deciding on which method of bronzing is best without the sun’s help takes a bit more extra research. After all, you want something that looks natural, applies evenly, stays put, and most importantly, doesn’t rub off on your clothing (gross)! There’s the option of professional spray tans (but those get expensive and therefore difficult to keep up), lotions, oils, and the less reliable sprays and foams, but have you heard of tanning towelettes? Yes, you read that right — skincare maven Kate Somerville has her very own line of Tanning Towlettes, designed especially to deliver concentrated, uniform color. It’s certainly a unique idea, but the question is — are you brave enough to take them for a test tan?

The tanning towelettes, which come in a pack of 8 for $48 (or, with a exclusive, you can buy them separately for $6 each), are a bit on the pricey side if we’re just experimenting, though the product does have excellent reviews so far! It boasts “effortless,” natural color with a single application, but you could also choose to deepen the color with continued use over the course of a couple days. But be careful — don’t over-tan unwittingly; the color is said to take a few hours to develop, so make sure you remember where you’ve already applied, and let the color reveal itself before you let yourself get too bronzing-happy!

- Alex Gambardella

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