By Susan Romero

Summer is upon us, but not everyone has a tan yet. So you don’t want to show up at that party in the Hamptons with pale legs, right? Going to the beach with tan arms and shoulders and a pale lower body is just not cool. The remedy is natural self-tanning done right in your own home. We found some really excellent ways to take the pale edge off, so you won’t stop traffic with the glare from your body parts that have yet to hit the sun.

Before you apply self-tanning products, it is best to exfoliate gently. Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub for a New Skin, is so fine that you barely know it is doing the job, but rest assured that your limbs will be baby smooth and ready to tan. It is made with a unique combination of ingredients, including Bamboo Powders that eliminate dry, rough skin. Peptide Extract of Moringa Oleifera, Candela Tree and Licorice Root extracts remove toxins, soothe and purify the skin. Shea Butter moisturizes and protects the skin before the self-tanner goes on.

If you want to prepare your face as well, try AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel, a super gentle water activated powder made from botanical enzymes. It has Papain, a plant based enzyme, milk sugars, and Green tea extract. Another facial exfoliator to try is Diamond Infused Facial Peeling Gel by Forever Flawless. It is a paraben free, gel based exfoliator, with extra fine diamond powder, Green Tea extract and Vitamin E, that leaves your face glowing and prepared to tan.,

Now that your skin is prepared, get ready to look like you spend all your free time outside in the sun. One of our hands down favorite self-tanners is Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel. It can be applied on the body and face, a really special feature. The best thing about it is that it is a clear gel with no unpleasant tanning product scent. I applied the self-tanner to my legs after exfoliating and a natural, smooth, unstreaked tan developed in no time at all. You can increase the tan by applying it again after two hours. In order to maintain the color, just reapply it every two or three days.

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse also creates a natural look that is less like a tan and more like a healthy glow. It truly is a mousse for your body. This formulation does have a dark brown color so using a mitt to apply it is best if you don’t want to have brown palms. I actually used my hands and just washed off the color easily afterwards. There is no streaking or orange coloring and no self tanner scent. It dries extremely fast and there is absolutely no staining on your clothes. Your skin will be moisturized with Aloe Vera and look like you vacation every chance you get.

If you simply don’t want to spend too much money trying to self-tan, then Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is great. It provides a gradual, natural looking tan in a few hours. The only downside for me is the slight scent, which eventually dissipates. Jergens also moisturizes the skin well and has an added firming ingredient. Try the self-tanner specifically for the face as well.

Originally published July 2013
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