Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fake 'n Bake Dilemma

I'm not the palest person around, but I do like having a good glow.  Since it's gotten warmer, I've been wearing more skirts and dresses without tights or leggings and I've noticed that I've started looking a little scaly.

Last year around this time I was getting ready to get married and I was all about the self-tanner and sunshine.  This year I'm old and married and I have a real job (aka I'm too lazy to apply self-tanner every day and I'm too busy to lay outside).

I've used a few self tanners, but they were mostly cheap Hawaiaan Tropic ones that were a little orangy.  I want to be tan, but I don't want to look like this:

I'm looking for some legit self tanners that not only won't make me look like Xtina, but also 1) don't have to be applied every day 2) aren't nasty and gloopy (if that's even a word) 3) won't rub off on my clothes or sheets 4) aren't super expensive.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


  1. I'm looking for the same Thing! I'm using one now that I hate bc it is a spray and just isn't easily applied.

  2. I'm a big believer in the Mystic tan system--in the warmer months, I go once a week and get the lightest shade and it looks natural and I love it. But, for the at home route, I've used the Jergens foam and really, really like that. It's not sticky, it's light and the color is never orange.

  3. I like the gradual-tanning Jergens lotion. Or no, wait, I think it's maybe Dove? You just put it on every day and you get gradually darker so I feel like you don't get orange. Only downside is that it's nothing drastic, you won't see results right away. But on the plus side, you won't look like Ross in that episode of Friends where he's in the spray tanner too long!

  4. I use the gradual tanning Jergens lotion as well, and I really like it! The kind I have also says it reduces cellulite? Not sure that part works, but the other sure does: