Natural Self Tanner; Josie Maran Argan Self Tanning Cream

It’s time to get those white legs out from hibernation and slap on some self-tanner on them pronto. The days of self-tanning induced orangey streaks are gone (for the most part), while better formulas and more natural options are beginning to emerge. Argan Oil is the star ingredient in Josie Maran’s Self Tanning Cream making it feel more like a moisturizer than anything else, perfect because hydration is key for keeping your bottle tan glowing longer. Of course there’s no scent or streaks, but it’s also without parabens, sulfates, synthetics and phthalates.

I actually bought it (!) at Sephora – and I’d buy it again.

Josie Maran Argan Self Tanning Cream

Best Mess-Free Self Tanner; GlowFusion

GlowFusion claims that their self tanning technology is revolutionary, and it just may be. It’s the first ‘clear’ tanning solution I’ve seen with some too-good-to-be-true qualities; it’s streak-free, unscented, all natural, quick drying, and best of all – non-staining. Not to mention it gives a natural tan that’s so convincing you won’t be able to find the seams from where the color ends and your natural skin tone begins.

It’s a little more pricey than self tanners typically run ($58) but if you’re serious about getting natural, mess-free color, it’s worth it.


Big Sale on Tarte celluFIGHT

If you love Tarte’s celluFIGHT, their firming self-tanning lotion that improves skin texture, then hop on over to Sephora because it’s hugely discounted ($15, usually $40). Are they doing away with this little gem? I hope not because even if women aren’t seeing an improvement in skin texture or cellulite (likely), its easy, subtle color and natural, paraben-free formula is well worth the price.

Tarte celluFIGHT

Body Hydrators for Every Need

It’s a post-shower tradition most women never neglect, slathering on your favorite body hydrator to keep skin and especially those freshly shaved legs soft. Beyond the Jergens you’ve used for 20 years, there are some great choices out there made especially for your specific needs.

For Babies, Kids, and Sensitive Skin:

THe Healthy Baby Lotion from Lavanila looks, feels, and smells like a run-of-the-mill body lotion, but it’s not. It’s formulated without Parabens, sufates, mineral oil, and synthetics so you can use it on newborn or your own sensitive, post-shaved skin to get some great moisture without the red bumpy reaction.

For the Year-Round Sunscreen Diva:

Even in the winter here in Denver, I’m catching rays. My desk is positioned in front of a big window so when I sit and write everyday I can feel the sun, this sun accumulation adds up to eventually cause damage. Don’t put away the sunscreen just because it’s chilly outside, I use an SPF 30 year round. Erno Laszlo’s Total Face & Body Protection SPF 30 uses shea butter and green tea to produce a cream that’s so light and elegant, you forget it’s also a sunscreen.

For Bronzy Hydration:

Because I’m so depressingly pale, I like a little glow even in the wintertime. Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunless Tanning cream treats your dry skin to a healthy dose of moisture, streak-free color, and a light yummy scent that reminds me of the beach.

For a Sure Thing:

Everyone loves the line Yu•Be, it’s been the best selling formula in Japan for years and it’s now catching on over here thanks to Sephora (finally) carrying the line. Their Moisturizing Body Lotion is a cult favorite for a reason. It packs a powerful hydrating punch in a light weight lotion. No heavy fragrance, no greasy feel, no fancy packaging. Just a long-lasting, super hydrator that is said to help with eczema, psoriasis, and those little bumps on the backs of arms.

Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion; A Fantastic Natural Self-Tanner

A gradual self tanning lotion from a natural line doesn’t seem like a home run, but I can honestly say that Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion works better than Jergen’s popular version.  I’ve been using the one for medium toned skin (even though I’m as fair as it gets) every day for about 4 days then take a day or two off to keep it looking natural and not too dark. It’s also good to let it fade down a touch and start from scratch on freshly exfoliated skin.

It looks totally natural in a way that’s uncommon for even the best self-tanning lotions. I literally have no seams, none. You can’t tell where the color begins and ends, not on my wrists or anywhere around my feet. You don’t even need to be that careful about applying it either, just rub it on like regular lotion and it somehow finds a way to connect to itself so it’s one even layer.

Totally natural, totally safe, and totally worth the $13 price tag. This big bottle will last me until next spring.

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Too Faced Tanning Bed in a Tube Self-Tanning Lotion

Tanning Bed in a Tube from Too Faced really nails a perfect self-tanning lotion. They used a ton of carmel color and flecks of gold to give a rich bronzy color that mimics a real tan like no other. Its shimmery golden base serves as both a guide so you can see where you’ve applied it, and as an instant bronzer so you can enjoy some color right away. What about the scent you ask? It’s sort of delicious. It’s a light, tropical pina colada that never gives way to that old familiar self-tanning developer smell that we all know too well.

I knew it was the real deal when a girl who I was tanning (I do airbrush spray tanning) asked if it was difficult to spray the airbrush tanner on myself and I had only used Tanning Bed in a Tube twice that week. Yeah, it looks that good.

A glimpse of the carmel lotion.

Too Faced Tanning Bed in a Tube

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