Summer is in full swing, baby! It may only be a week into June, but the scorching sun has come out to play. This time of year I try to keep my (fake) tan in tip top shape, who knows when you’ll have to break out a bikini?! I’ve rounded up my go-to team of tanners to share with you. Whether you want a long lasting bronze or a quick tan in under 10 minutes, I’ve gotcha covered!
My go-to products for a long lasting tan below:
THE BRONZE BOD ESSENTIAL: St. Tropez Self Tan Mousse
This is the holy grail. It provides a brown (never orange!), very believable tan! Apply the fluffy foam with this mitt for a few nights in a row, and your tan will look straight from Tulum! I am forever indebted to my friend and co-worker Jessica Bass for recommending this product. Who knows how many more pastey pics I would have taken before trying this life-changer! The best part is that the application is literally foolproof. I’m pretty sure you could put it on in the dark. You. Will. Not. Streak. Just be careful around your hands and feet!
THE KEEPER UPPER: St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Firming
Okay, this is my own little secret to maintaining the bronze glow that I achieve from the mousse above. I’m sure you’ve heard over and over again that moisturizing is essential to self-tanning maintenance. Truth be told, I’ve never been a huge lotion gal, but this stuff is so worth the few extra minutes a day. Similar to that Jergens Natural Glow that we all grew to love (or hate!) a few years back, this product is created to be used on its own as a way to gradually build a subtle tan. I, however, use it as a maintenance tool. I use the St. Tropez Mousse for a couple of nights and then I maintain the color (and I keep my tan moisturized) with this stuff. It’s the perfect pairing.
I break out the products below when I need a bronzed bod, STAT! They are meant to wash off in the shower (so steer clear of the pool!) :
THE BEST QUICK (AND BELIEVABLE!) FIX: Per-fekt Matte Body Perfector Gel
This is, hands down, the best did-you-just-get-back-from-a-cruise kind of tan you’re gonna get in under 10 minutes. The deep brown color (no hints of orange) and the matte finish (no sparkles or sheen) of this product creates a tan that looks very genuine. It is the least likely to transfer onto clothing. Unless you really scrub your body down, sometimes a shower won’t even take it off with ease. It’s definitely my favorite product for getting tan in a jiffy! *Just FYI this product is only available through Sephora ONLINE – they don’t carry it in store.*
THE COVER QUEEN: Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
As it says on the bottle, this is literally leg makeup. If coverage is what you’re after then this product is fab. Your legs will look as smooth and spider vein-less as Barbie’s (love it!), but the color isn’t my favorite and I have yet to master the art of blending it well on my feet. Every time I use this product I think that my feet look totally normal until I venture out into the natural light and discover that my feet resemble that of an oompa loompa (It doesn’t seem to have this effect on my legs, go figure?!) I still love to use this stuff every once in a while, especially if I want my stems looking extra smooth.
THE JLO GLOW: Caudalíe Divine Legs
If I’m wanting to have a JLO moment, this shimmery bronzer is my go-to. Even though the sparkle is subtle, I would reserve it for evening outings only. The formula is fairly sheer so it imparts a sunkissed glow, not an all-out tan. The best part is that it smells like yummy grapefruit, and it’s all natural!
And just one more:
It’s no secret that I am a beauty product junkie, so naturally I am always on the prowl for the latest and greatest. So even though I already have a pretty solid self-tanning regimen with the products I listed above, I’ve had my eye on the new St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tanner for the past few days . Heartbreakingly enough, it sold like hot cakes and is currently out of stock. So now I have resorted to being wait-listed by Sephora. Bummer.
Once I get my hands on this elusive little gem, I’ll try it out and share my thoughts with you right away! What is it that excites me most about this new product?! To be honest, it’s the color of my sheets!! Since you wash off this tanner in the shower, only 3 minutes after application, you can say goodbye to self-tanner stained sheets and hello to crisp, white cotton! That would be worth its weight in gold. I might even have to bump up our thread count to celebrate!
Photos by Stephanie Drenka Photography