Written by: Jenna Yesenosky
Every girl loves a good tan. Maybe it’s because a tan acts as a constant reminder of all the lazy days we spent soaking up the sun, or maybe it’s an unspoken contest, something we get to compare with our friends on the first day of school. Whatever the appeal is, a good tan is hard to find, especially when it’s 32 degrees and snowing outside. Whether you’re trying to get a good glow for prom, or you’re just ready to give your skin a wake up call without the worry of damaging UV rays, look no further. Here is Pinkly Perfect’s Guide to Self-Tanning Lotions, one for every scenario under the sun (pun intended).
If you’re looking for a gradual tan, try Jergen’s Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, a tried and true veteran, or Saint Tropez’s Gradual Tan Everyday Moisturizer if you’re looking to splurge a bit. These two self-tanners build gradually on your skin, leaving subtle color that will have people wondering how you got such a natural looking tan without ever going on vacation.
If you’re looking for a quick bronzing tan, try Victoria’s Secret Instant Bronzing Spray. This spray is great for when you’re looking to get a quick, 24 hour glow. Spray it on before you go out with your girls and wash it off at the end of the night. This product is great for anyone who wants to test the self-tanning waters before jumping in, or anyone who just needs a tan for one night. The results may be more fleeting, but less commitment and less hassle makes this product a go to for on-the-go.
If you’re looking for a bronzing suntan lotion, try Australian Gold’s line of suntan lotions and sprays. Not only do Australian Gold products smell like a Hawaiian vacation in a bottle, they also give a bit of color while protecting your skin from the sun’s rays (and premature wrinkles). The extent of Australian Gold products range from regular old suntan lotion, to bronzing sprays similar to the one above, to lotions with built in self-tanner. These convenient products knock out two birds with one stone: protecting you from a wicked sunburn while giving you the color you’re trying to achieve by laying in the sun in the first place.
If you’re looking for a nice face tanner, try Jergen’s Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Facial Moisturizer, the sister product of Jergen’s Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, and a drugstore favorite. If you’re worried about breaking out and you don’t mind spending a little more money, try Clinique Self Sun Face Tinted Lotion. Clinique products are notorious for being easy on the skin, and this product is no exception. Apply either of these lotions if you want an even tan all over, both face and body.
Whatever the occasion, whatever the reasoning, self-tanning is a lifesaver for proms and impromptu winter vacations alike. I know I’ll be breaking out my tanning products very soon, and I hope you will too, with the help of this guide to the best self-tanning lotions!