I've baked on the beach, turned golden-brown in tanning beds and even stood awkwardly inside a dark booth while a cascade of bronze liquid coated my body. And I've had enough.
There's something about a golden tan, though, that makes us look healthier and (thankfully) slimmer.Given that UVB and UVA rays aren't healthy (causing premature wrinkles and, of course, skin cancer), the best alternative may be a handful of self-tanner.
Applying sunless tanner can be tricky. It takes practice to get it right. Here are some tips.
Where do I start? Shave, exfoliate and apply tanner to clean, dry skin.
Most tanners need about five minutes to dry.
What should I expect? Tanners take about 15 minutes to apply, and you should wait about three hours before showering or swimming.
Most brands last three to five days.
Will it stain? Washing hands immediately after applying tanner will reduce the likelihood of stained hands and/or fingertips.
St. Tropez makes a self-tan remover that, if used correctly, can prevent tanning disasters.
Tanner won't rub off on clothes, but don't tempt fate by wearing your trendy new summer whites immediately after an application.