I love self-tanner. Like, over-the-top, wear-it-every-day, can’t-live-without-it love it. It’s for sure in my top 10 product must-haves. I’m very fair, and I love being tan, but don’t want to put my skin at risk of sun damage. So naturally, self-tanner is a big part of my beauty routine year-round (I know I’m in the minority here, as my friends tell me I’m crazy for slathering the stuff on in the dead of winter). My all-time-favorite self-tanner is Loving Tan (the best self-tanner ever). I use it all summer long–I apply it every night without fail–and it gives me the ultimate dark tan that my fair skin couldn’t even get naturally if I tried. It is the perfect self-tanner for summer.
But come fall, I don’t like to be ultra tan. I just need to take the edge off of my paleness, which of course, is amplified during the colder months. I need something a little lighter and less pigmented than Loving Tan for the fall and winter. Bondi Sands Self-Tanning Foam in Dark ($24) is my current favorite for getting slightly (fake) sun-kissed skin. Because it’s a mousse, it’s light and airy, making it easy to apply and blend into skin. It’s tinted, so you’ve got a built-in color guide and can see where you’re applying, which helps avoid streaks and missed spots. Although this particular shade is labeled as Dark, I think it’s more within the typical Medium range. But during the winter months, it’s perfect to give your skin a healthy glow and tint. I think for the price, it’s a really great product. I like it so much that I’ve repurchased a few times. With this, and all self-tanning products, I always use a mitt applicator to reduce the potential of streaking or missing a spot, and to prevent staining my hands.
What’s your favorite self-tanner? Do you use it year-round?