Nothing like the last day of the month to bring you my Elle Apparel Monthly Edit! If you aren’t familiar with this, it is where I round up 5 of my favorite products and tell you all about why I love them. These are usually products that I have used for a very long time. In order for a product to make my edit, it has to be a product that I would buy again once it runs out.
Since summer is around the corner and we will be spending most of our days at the pool and beach, I thought I would dedicate April’s Edit to my very favorite tanners/bronzers. My days of tanning in the sun are pretty much over. I’m too busy with my kids now to actually lay out. Also, I’m a lot more health conscious than I was in college. I used to go tanning all the time trying to get “the perfect tan”, but the reality is…my skin just doesn’t tan very well. I’m more fair skinned and burn easily. I wished so bad that my skin wouldn’t burn, but I’ve actually grown to be really confident in my own…well…skin. I think fair skin is beautiful! And with so much damage that the sun can cause, it just isn’t worth it to expose your skin unprotected. But I prefer to have a little color on my skin. I’ve tried and tested so many tanners and bronzers over the years, and keep coming back to these 5 tanners. I love LOVE them! And here is why:
FakeBake Flawless: This sunless tanner is fantastic! There is so much that I love about it. It comes with rubber gloves and a mitt to help get even coverage. I put on the gloves, then the mitt on one hand (the tanner can soak through the mitt, so don’t skip the gloves). The bottle is a spray bottle, and I spray the tanner directly onto the glove, and rub it in circular motions on my legs, arms, etc. The color that develops has a slightly green undertone, which might sound weird, but makes for a very natural looking tan. I apply this at night (it dries in 5 minutes), sleep on it, and then shower off the bronzer in the morning. It does get on my sheets and pajamas, but doesn’t stain, so I always do it the day before we wash our sheets. It doesn’t streak! It is such great coverage and the best part is that it’s only around $15 on Amazon! The tan lasts about a week and comes off very evenly as well. I use this every Saturday night. I don’t always use it on my face, but when I do I don’t break out. I just spray a very small squirt into my nighttime lotion, mix it, and apply. I always apply it an extra day before an event, because my face is pretty tan the day after applying it, so I like giving it one day to fade a bit.
Coppertone Gradual Tan Sunless Tanning Moisturizing Lotion: I couldn’t love this lotion more. If you’ve read my blog for a while, I have referred to this lotion a handful of times. In college I wanted a body lotion that would give me some color that I could just wear as my normal lotion after getting out of the shower. So many gradual tan lotions stink…and I tried a lot of them! This one has a clean fresh scent and develops a nice subtle tan. I just apply it with my hands and then wash my hands. I use it every morning after I shower. The longest I’ve gone without using it in about 7 years is maybe 2 weeks. Have I sold you yet? They stopped carrying it at Target, so I usually just order 4 or 5 at at time online so that I can get free shipping. I do go through bottles pretty quickly since I use it every day.
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Pressed Powder: A good face bronzer is such a must. I’ve tried more expensive bronzers, but this one works great and is reasonably priced. It’s not too dark, which I like. If I want a darker tan, I just use a little more than normal. I use this to contour (below my cheekbones, sides of my nose and forehead), then go over my whole face lightly with a big fluffy brush to help even it out.
Norvell 360 Eco-Mist Sunless Spray: This is another sunless tanner that I really like. This one is closer to $20 and is a spray, so you get more of an airbrush effect. I used this once, and then didn’t use it for a while, because it does get all over when you apply it. I stood in the shower to spray it on, and it was all over the shower walls when I was done. But I have just started applying it with my mitt instead, and that is much cleaner. I love the color that develops, nice and dark, but still very natural, and it lasts close to two weeks!
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster BB Cream: This is a liquid face bronzer. Not the kind that develops overnight, just makeup that you apply in the morning. I love to use this when I want a dewey effect on my skin and don’t want to use too much of my pressed powder. I apply my normal concealer, and then this darker concealer to contour. It is very concentrated, so a little goes a long way! It absorbs fast, so work kind of quickly. Sometimes I will add a bit to my normal concealer and put it on that way.