Aside from our honeymoon in Hawaii and a weekend at the lake, my skin hasn't seen much sun this summer. Now it's after Labor Day and the last couple days have been a bit chilly. I love that it's time to pull out all my cardigans (love them! I could do a whole post on them!), but I am sad that my skin isn't exactly sun-kissed. During summers in high school and college, I got plenty of sun exposure and ended up very tan by the time back-to-school came around. Given my family history and my light eyes/hair color and all those other things that mean you are susceptible to skin cancer, it's smart for me to wear sunscreen now and quit "laying out" for entire weekends reading and sweating like a pig.
But... I like how I look with a tan. I feel like I look healthy and relaxed, maybe because it looks like I've been somewhere warm and beachy, even if I haven't. Some people can pull off the porcelain-white skin look, but I am not one of those people. I just look transparent and sick.
My solution is self-tanner. I know, you are thinking, eww... orange and messy self-tanner? Enter L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Airbrush Spray. All you have to do is spray yourself down and let it sink in. I usually put it on right out of the shower and then get ready while it dries. What is so great about the Airbrush Spray:
1) You don't have to rub it in - no orange palms!
2) The mist is very light and color builds gradually, so it doesn't even feel like you have anything on your skin.
3) After a few days, I noticed that the color was visible but looked totally natural. Just enough to take the edge off...
4) No more wasting time or getting skin cancer while lying in the sun all day.
My mom is a big fan of the L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Tan Towels, which led me to my Airbrush Spray find. She seems to get a little more color from the tan towels, but you do have to be more careful where you rub your skin with the towels. With the Airbrush Spray, there are a couple things to keep in mind:
1) Hold the can away from yourself a bit at arm's length - my sister found this out the hard way (but I'm sure she still looked gorgeous!)
2) Be careful not to spray too much on the tops of your feet since that is where the spray settles, thanks to gravity. I like to lay down an old towel to stand on while I spray since I unknowingly was getting spray on the bathroom rug and then the bottom of my feet turned dark brown/orange from standing on the rug while doing my makeup and hair (try explaining that to the lady doing your pedicure - a little awkward).
I have found myself sharing my self-tanning secret with more and more people, so if you need a little "sun" yourself, try it out and let me know what you think! Here's to holding onto that summer glow - the healthy way!