If we’re being honest, literally everyone looks better with a tan. Of course, there are boundaries where tasteful tan ends and Oompa Loompa begins. How to find the sweet spot without getting sun spots?
Want a lovely glow without the carcinogens? Unfortunately, this often means exposing your bod to an expensive spray tanning company and ending up in Oompa Loompa territory. What’s a girl to do? Simple – tan in the privacy of your own home!
“But Cailin, won’t self tanners make me splotchy and orange?” Some, dear readers, but not all. While self tanners are famous for uneven application, abhorrent smells and unnatural hues, I’ve found one that solves all those problems: Beautisol Self-Tanning Mousse.
This self-tanner sets itself apart in a few ways. First and most unique is the self tanning mitt it comes with for application. Basically you slap this baby on like an oven mitt and slather yourself from bottom to top with the tinted tanner. The tint makes seeing where you’ve gone easy, and you can use the glove to blend your own lines.
The scent of this product is actually quite pleasant – think vanilla-citrus – and the resulting color is all bronze and no orange. Fantan-stic!
As with any self tanner, you’ll want to wait 6-8 hours after applying to shower, so the best time to apply is a bit before bed. I also recommend moisturizing your hands and feet to avoid too-deep shades in those areas that over-absorb tanner.
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Let’s face it, ladies: we all look better with a bit of a glow, but the trials of maintaining a healthy tan are fraught with skin cancer risks, nasty scents and orangey streaks. I’ve had my share of run-ins with self-tanner, and even tried Mystic Tan in a spray tanning booth, but one thing I hadn’t done? Custom airbrush tanning. Jenny at ChromaTan right here in lovely Phoenix, Arizona introduced me to the wide world of airbrush tans and how superior they can be to other tanning options.
ChromaTan specializes in products from Aviva Labs, which are high-quality airbrush tanning products. Jenny told me one advantage is they do not contain oil, which acts as a repellent and would make the spray tanning less effective. She even came out to my home to tan me for my convenience – how awesome is that?
Jenny noticed that I was vampirically pale (the winter has gotten to me), so she opted for a shade from Aviva called Winter Glow, meant to naturally warm up us pale chicks without getting that unseasonable Real Housewives look. To answer the question on everyone’s lips, yes, you do have to strip down, but Jenny made me feel totally comfortable. Plus, I was surprised at how affordable airbrush tanning can be – pricewise, it’s comparable to Mystic and the value is better since you’re custom-tanned by someone who can see where you need touchups, etc.
I know tanning is an odd topic for a Thanksgiving Day post, but squint your way through your turkey coma and hear me out. Tanning is a toughie. Tan in a tanning bed, and you risk developing skin cancer. Mystic Tan can be expensive and usually lasts a week or less, depending on showering. Tanning yourself at home can be one of the most economical, easily maintained and safe tanning options, but is it easy enough for the average girl to pull off herself? I tried out L’Oreal’s Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Airbrush Self-tanning Mist in Medium Natural Tan to find out.
I loved the 360-degree continuous spray; it made it easy to spray all the way around my leg in one simple motion, rather than to have to stop and start in the hopes that you don’t overlap or miss a spot. It dries really quickly, too, without having to rub it in. The mist sprays so evenly and lightly, you can barely tell you have anything on you. Overall, the application process really satisfied me – above and beyond what I expected from a self-tanner!