Living in South Florida, I know a fabulous tan is always in season. Which kind of sucks for me since I try not to get too much sun. I am constantly slathering on the sunscreen while wearing those SPF shirts… you get the idea. I do look way better with a tan, especially in the warmer months when I rock more shorts and sleeveless tops. The problem is I HATE getting spray tans and using self tanner. They all smell funny and I can’t stand the sitting around part while I wait for the tans to take. (and don’t bother chiming in with your, “but such and such brand of self tanner has no smell” because I have tried them ALL and they all stink. Maybe I just have smelly skin chemistry)
In my quest for the perfect and easy tan, I have tried dozens of instant tanning lotions and sprays… and I now have 4 go-to options that I thought I would share if you also happen to hate self-tanners, or just decide at the last minute that a bronze goddess look is needed. This post contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase somethingI get a small commission, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs: I have been using the spray version of this for YEARS. A news anchor introduced me to it and I have been hooked ever since. (& now many of my close friends also use it since I spray them down every time I see them in shorts. ha!) This makes your legs look perfect. You can match your skin color or grab a deeper shade to give yourself an instant tan. I have found the best way to apply this is to spray a line up part of my leg and then quickly blend it in with my hands. Don’t try to do your whole leg in one spray since you won’t be able to evenly rub it in before it dries. Recently they came out with a lotion version of this and I think I actually like it a tiny bit better since it is easier to use. (& I can use this on my arms as well, the spray was a bit too drying for my arms, it looked a little funny) The best part about this is once you put it on… it will not come off unless you scrub it with soap and water. Once dry, it will not rub off, sweat off or even swim off… I wear this stuff to the beach!
L’oreal Body Makeup: This product is fairly new, but since I ALWAYS buy any kind of new body makeup/instant bronzer when I see it… I decided to give it a try and it has quickly become my go-to. This is really easy to apply and the color is perfect. (definitely a more noticeable tan look) This also has proven itself to be sweat-proof, but I haven’t gone swimming with it yet.
Hard Candy Glow All the Way (Bronze): I have talked about this lotion before, and my obsession with it lives on. This is an amazing, shimmery bronze lotion for when you want to step up the sexy factor. It has such a subtle sheen to it, giving you an awesome glowy look. I use this on its own or on top of one of the other bronzing lotions. The main problem with this is that it rubs off fairly easily. So clothes, couches, children… everything is fair game to walk away with a bit of your shimmery bronze goodness. It is so pretty though, it is worth the risk for me every once in awhile.
Do you have a favorite instant bronzing product? Do tell!!