Bronze Medal

We all love a toasty, sun kissed color but it can be tricky to achieve. Fear of streaks and looking orange run high but fret not. I was able to locate the best products to achieve a healthy radiance, no streaks.

Do you ever wonder why your ankles and knees look splotchy rather than sun-kissed? Dead cells can block ingredients like dihydroxyacetone (aka DHA, the molecule in self-tanner that produces a deeper color) from evenly penetrating the skin’s surface. So slough your body with a scrub before self-tanning.

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My favorite scrub lately is Tatcha Indigo Smoothing Black Sugar Body Gommoge

To guarantee you don’t end up an unnatural hue, pick your potion based on the color of your skin – not the shade you are looking to achieve.

Fair Skin

Opt for moisturizing lotions that promise a “gradual” glow, like this one does. A smaller dose of DHA can deliver subtler results. You’ll see a subtle bump in color within a few hours. The intensity increases with the frequency of application, but a once daily coating produces a health – looking hue.

First Aid Beauty Slow Glow Gradual Self-Tanning Moisturizer 

Medium Skin

Pick a DHA spiked liquid or mousse labeled “light bronze” like this frothy and easily spreadable formula. In one to three hours, your skin tone will deepen. if you want a richer bronze, apply again eight to 12 hours later. Then, rub it on once daily to maintain your color.

Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Mousse Light Bronze

Jergens Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse

Dark Skin

Rather than piling on self-tanner, layer products that deliver immediate sun hugged radiance. First, apply a sheer tinted body cream, then top with a shimmering body oil. The bronze cream evens out imperfections; a glistening, coppery oil gives you a warm glow.

Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish

Nars Monoi Body Glow

For your Face

Mix a few drops of this concentrated, lightweight serum with DHA into your moisturizer and you’ll see a soft, subtle glow within hours – no mess, no steaks. If you want more bronze for your buck, just add it to your A.M. and P.M. creams (don’t forget to blend it into your hairline).

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