Getting a tan at the beach has become a conundrum for many of us.
We want to come home with a healthy glow, but skin cancer is a real concern.
This summer, I tried a combined approach that really worked -- and kept my skin safe.
Read on to find out what I did.
Since I didn't want to be pasty white my first day on the beach, I got a VersaSpa spray tan a few days before we left.
VersaSpa tans generally cost between $20 and $30 and last up to 11 days. I usually buy them in a package to make them cheaper and then use them during special occasions throughout the year.
Once I got to the beach, I was very careful about applying sunscreen. I already had my "VersaSpa tan" and the sunlight at the beach gradually added to it.
But my real secret weapon this year was my Bare Escentuals Bronzed and Buff 2-Piece Faux Tan & Buffing Brush (QVC, $54), which I had received from QVC to try out.
I LOVED THIS STUFF, for a couple of reasons.
For one thing, it smells better than any self-tanner I've ever used. All self-tanners have a chemical with a scent that I really hate -- the Faux Tan did an excellent job of covering that chemical smell up.
Another thing I loved was that the Faux Tan instantly gives your skin color. Not only does the color look great, it also helps you figure out where you've applied self-tanner and where you haven't.
But my favorite part of the Faux Tan package was the buffing brush that you use to apply the tanner. It is a super-soft, short handled brush that you use to literally paint the tanner on your skin. At first, I was skeptical that it would work, but it worked really well -- and as a result, I got no tanner on the palms of my hands whatsoever.
I put some on each day after I came in from the beach and showered, and I ended up with a beautiful beach tan and almost no swimsuit lines!
Frankly, I don't have the patience to use self-tanner on a regular basis, but I do try to use Jergens Natural Glow Body Moisturizer, which is a very gradual self-tanner. It's fairly foolproof, it gives you good color, and it's available at the grocery store.
However, if you have a special event coming up and you want to look like a (naturally) bronzed goddess, I highly recommend a VersaSpa or other spray tan treatment, followed up with daily applications of your favorite self-tanner.
What are your safe tanning secrets?
Image via QVC
Disclosure: I received a Bare Escentuals Faux Tan set from QVC to try out for the purposes of this post. My opinions, as always, are my own.