We love the hot summer sun as much as the next girl, but we hate what it does to our skin. The blisters, peeling, pain, redness, wrinkles and sunspots don’t really appeal.
It’s possible to obtain the same bronzed glow while sitting under a nice shady tree or beach umbrella, with a little help from an arsenal of fake tanners.
Marcelle I-BRONZE Natural Tan Self-Tanning Cloths
Apply this golden, streak-free tanner in one smooth motion ($16.95). The cloths make it easy to reach even the tricky places for even colour. We love that it works for both face and body.
Available at Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, and by calling 1 800 387-7710 ext. 352 or 353 in the U.S.
Famous Dave’s Moisture Tan
Skip the sun bed and opt for this safe option ($25.75). Golden colour develops over a four to six hour period. The formula is free of Stearic acid, Triethanolamine and mineral oil; ingredients that turn skin orange. For the best results, apply after a shower in smooth, precise movements.
Karin Herzog Tone & Tan
Not only does this pleasant smelling cream create a soft, natural looking than, it also tones the skin and aids with drainage ($54.00). Green tea and concentrated vitamin B12 help re-contour the body, while oxygen is the secret ingredient for creating darker pigments.
Available by calling 1-800-236-4898
Life Brand Smooth Bronze Medium
Get the glow without the sun. Smooth Bronze Self-Tanning Continuous Spray ($13.99) delivers streak-free results at home. The fine mist doesn’t require you to rub it in, and it dries quickly, so the application process is simple. The colour develops in an hour, and once you have reached your desired shade maintain it by reapplying every two to three days.
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix across Canada
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze One Day
This unique gel has caramel colorant and golden pearls to give skin a sun-kissed appearance that lasts up to one day ($15.99). Great for beginners and those who don’t want too much colour. It is quick drying and mistake proof (it washes away with a little bit of soap and water).
Lancaster Essential Bronze Milk SPF6
Cheat on the sun with this luxurious bronzing milk ($36). The patented tan-colour system exfoliates and preps the skin for the tanning process ensuring even coverage for face and body. Unlike most other self tanners, this one provides light SPF protection that battles free radicals (responsible for premature aging).
Available at select Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale stores across Canada