Is there such a thing as a safe, natural tan? Unfortunately, the answer is no. The only safe glow is the one that comes in a bottle. When most people think of self-tanners they automatically think of streaky ankles, stained palms, and even a long-lasting odor—but thanks to technology, new tanning formulas dry quickly, show up instantly, and don’t give your skin the dreaded orange hue.
My personal favorite is the Clarins Self-Tanning Milky Lotion (US $38; AED/SAR 140). The long-lasting formula provides an even, streak-free glow that could be attributed to a weekend on the French Riviera. I smooth it onto my limbs after every shower for a gradual, golden glow that appears an hour later. The bronze tube is perfect for those with sensitive skin, as it contains fig extract to provide 24-hour hydration.
For a smooth, streak-free tan:
1. Prior to application, exfoliate your body with a loofah in the shower.
2. Since dry limbs absorb a lot of color, slather on a hydrating moisturizer.
3. Using long, vertical strokes, apply your self-tanner by starting at your feet and working up to your neck. Use a pea-sized amount of product to massage onto your face.
4. Wait a few minutes for your tan to dry before getting dressed. If you’re in a hurry, enlist the help of a blow-dryer (on the coolest setting) to speed up the process.