When I start to feel the beauty blahs, there's nothing like a nice tan to make me feel radiant. I love that just-spent-a-week-in-the-sun look...balmy and golden and sparkling.
That said, I am well aware of the dangers of skin cancer and the havoc that the sun's rays can play on the appearance of my skin. And thus I'm not ashamed to rub or spray on my tan.
BUT I don't particularly like trying new sunless tanners. I always do so with a bit of hesitation and trepidation, dreading the proverbial orange "fake bake." So when I find a good one, I tend to stick with it.
I tried Lavera Sunless Tan this summer after reading about it in Sophie Uliano's Gorgeously Green, who said that the self-tanner "contains only the good stuff, smells fantastic, and is as streak-free as any I've found." I have to concur with her. Lavera is a wonderful find in the world of skincare products. Made from organic soy and sugar extracts, the tanner is easy to apply and creates a nice tan in 1-2 hours. The color is natural looking and doesn't smell as "obvious" or as "chemically" as other contemporary brands (I wouldn't say it "smells fantastic...", but it's an improvement for sure...). At $27.50 for a 5.0 FL.OZ bottle, it's a bit on the expensive side, but I think the price tag is worth it for the more natural ingredients.
I'd also love to try Lavera's complimentary product - Faces Summer Glow - which "uses only pure, natural ingredients to deliver a streak-free, sun-kissed glow." [You can actually use Lavera Sunless Tan on your face too, but this product is a little less concentrated so you don't have to worry about overkill in the most obvious place].
I tried this product prior to my pregnancy, but - if you're a pregnant reader out there - you might be wondering, "is it safe to use a self-tanner during pregnancy?" I googled that question and Dr. DiLeo says that the jury is still out on that question, so I probably will avoid them for the next 5 months. As they say, better safe than sorry...
YOUR TURN: Do you use self-tanner? If so, what is your favorite brand?
WIN IT! One winner will receive a 5.0 FL.OZ bottle of Lavera Sunless Tan. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Sunday, October 12 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner is #6 ab. Congratulations!