Not all of us are blessed with skin that turns golden brown in the sun. Some of us only get freckles, or burned, or worse — nothing at all. Others just don’t like to be in the sun, but wouldn’t mind looking like they just got back from vacation all the time. If you fall into the latter, here are 10 ways to get a tan that don’t involve the sun.
The problem with spray tans is that no matter how hard you try to wait and dry, your hands or your clothes mess up your fresh “paint job.” Mystic Tan recently came out with an HD booth that dries you as it tans, making for optimal, streak-free results.
If you can’t stay still during a booth spray session and know you will probably twirl at the appropriate time, spend a few extra dollars on a professional spray tanner. Expert tanners will spray you, getting every angle and contour just right.
There are plenty of lotions and spray-on self-tanners available, but we love these little towelettes because they don’t leave streaks all over your hands. They leave you smelling like fresh orange slices, and they’re easy to transport. You can just toss one or two little packets in your gym bag or purse to touch up on the go.
If you’re going to use a lotion or moisturizer, stick to one that tans you gradually. The ones meant to tan you in one application can leave you streaky, or darker than you intended. This one by Jergens is applied every day for a week, and claims to adapt to your own pigmentation to create a natural glow.
Getting a tan while you sleep and not waking up with a tomato-red face may sound too good to be true. This product claims to tan your face while you sleep.
Since this is a mousse, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling thick and greasy. It dries within one minute of application, doesn’t have that usual strong self-tanner aroma, and is made without sulfates or parabens. This is a wash-off bronzer so it will come off in the shower.
If you are someone who ventures out into the sun but ends up with awkward tan lines and you aren’t quite ready for a nude beach yet, this product may help. The Tanee Tan Line Corrector will fill in those bikini top lines or fix your pale backside. It works like a Clorox bleach pen — just fill in the lines.
Part of what we see as “tan” is actually just light reflecting off the skin. If you can up the reflective qualities of your skin, you can look darker without actually being darker. That’s exactly what this product claims to help you do.
These are all the rage among red-carpet-walking celebrities. Using LED treatments, illuminating facials increase circulation, bring more blood flow to the cheekbones and make you look like you’re glowing. They can be pricey, but are perfect for special occasions.
The great thing about a powder is that it leaves absolutely zero shine, and if you overdo it, you can easily use a fluffy brush to lighten it up without creating streaks. It also gives you that just-out-of-the-sun look.