It’s okay to fake it every once in awhile.

Most people love the sun-kissed glow you get from the sun, but is it really worth it if you’re exposing your skin to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

In my opinion. No. But to each their own.

My philosophy in life is everyone should be free to make their own choices, just as long as you are willing to accept the consequences.

NOTE: I know it’s odd doing a post on sun protection with winter around the corner. But, you need to protect your skin from the sun 24/7. Plus, if you’re lucky, a trip down south might be in your future.

Sunless tanning products.

Just like creams – the number of sunless tanning products is ridiculous. So, if you know how they work, and how to apply them correctly, it will make the task of choosing one a little easier.

How do they work?

Sunless tanning products come in the form of lotions, creams and sprays which are applied directly to your skin.

I found this info on Google:

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the active ingredient most sunless tanning products. The colour additive reacts with the dead cells on your skin to temporarily darken it.


Most sunless tanning products don’t contain sunscreen, so you still need to protect your skin from UV rays.

Unprotected sun exposure can advance signs of aging – wrinkles, age spots and increases your risk for developing skin cancer.

What to choose?

Remember – Google is your friend. You have access to thousands of reviews and articles in seconds.

I just read about a product review, in the September issue of In Style Magazine, for an in-shower bronzer by St. Tropez. It comes in the form of a lotion – the water activates the DHA.

The guinea pigs that tested it for the article said it was nearly scent free, convenient and natural looking. You just need to really rub it in to avoid streaks. They did note in order to get a really noticeable difference – you should use it for three days in a row.

I like to take the subtle approach – a soft glow look – not sun baked.

The only downside they mentioned is that you have to wait three minutes before you can wash it off. It can get a little cold and awkward.

Pre-Application: Before you apply any self tanner make sure you shave, exfoliate and hydrate your skin – you don’t want it to look patchy. Mitts or gloves are a must – you want to avoid supersaturated hands.

Application: Apply the self-tanner in room that is well lit – mirrors will help to see those hard to see angles. Be careful when applying to those tricky areas – knees, hands, elbows, feet, ankles. With all the great bronzers in the marketplace – I would avoid applying self tanner to your face.

Post Application: You want to make the most of your efforts, so keep your skin hydrated and apply lotion daily.

Quick Fixes: Click here for a do it yourself self-tanner remover – when you make mistakes and need to start fresh.

Have suggestions?

Great – leave them in the comment section. We love trying new products.