Just in case your dermatologist, mom or, like, anyone with basic UV-ray knowledge hasn’t lectured you enough, we’re about to be really honest with you. Even after you’ve found your match made in sunscreen heaven, it’s still incredibly dangerous (see: dumb) to veg out in the sun. Yep, it doesn’t matter how good your pasty-as-hell legs would look after a few hours in the sun, ‘cause sun bathing can cause wrinkles, dark spots and skin cancer, which 1 in 5 Americans will develop in their lifetime. But don’t worry; you don’t have to look like a ghost all summer long — because the beauty industry is currently flooded with top-notch self-tanning products that, unlike the orange-skin-inducing formulas you used in high school, actually leave your skin with pretty, glowing color.
And if you’re a straight-up self-tanner hater, we hate to break it to you, but you’ve probably just been applying it wrong — or rather, too hesitantly. The biggest misconception with self-tanning products is that the formula’s pigment is in your control, when actually, it’s predetermined. Think of self-tanners like lipstick. No matter how many or how few coats you apply, you’re more or less getting the same color — so smearing a small dollop of product across your entire body is only going to result in uneven, streaky color.
Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiance Gradual Tanner & Body Lotion
Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiance Gradual Tanner & Body Lotion (Target, $6.99)
Neutrogena Micro Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan
Neutrogena Micro Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan (Neutrogena, $10.99)
Bondi Sands Wash Off Instant Tan
Bondi Sands Wash Off Instant Tan (Target, $15)
St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse
St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse (Target, $12.99)
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Sunkissed Tint Body Lotion
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Sunkissed Tint Body Lotion (Soap & Glory, $8)
Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Tanning Mousse
Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Tanning Mousse (Walmart, $11.97)
Originally posted on StyleCaster.