You should know, I’m obsessed with taking care of my skin - whether protecting it from the sun with COOLA products or making sure to clean and moisturize it every morning and night to counteract the signs of aging.
Even though I do my best to protect my skin from the sun, I do like a little bit of color during the summer. I have two easy and effective ways to achieve a healthy, summer glow: sunless tanning products and Melanie Mills Hollywood Gleam Body Radiance.
I’ve tried a lot of sunless tanning products over the years and I’m always on the lookout for those that are easy to apply, give you a natural color and have a mild odor. My two favorites are the Rodan+Fields Essentials Foaming Sunless Tan product and Neutrogena’s Micro-Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan. One you rub on and the other is a spray - so two options for easy application.
Prepping Your Skin
Before you begin with a product though, I want to share some tips for prepping for and applying sunless tanner. I usually apply a coat of tanner at night before bed and after a shower. A warm bath or shower softens the skin, and I recommend exfoliating your skin to ensure a smooth sunless tanner application. These Clean Logic Exfoliating Gloves are an inexpensive and easy way to exfoliate your skin.
Next, apply an even amount of tanner and let it soak in for at least five minutes or until your skin is good and dry. Then wear loose fitting clothing to bed. I sometimes apply another coat in the morning to deepen the color. Again, wear loose fitting clothing. Just that quick … you’ll be sporting a healthy, summer glow!
The Products I Love!
Rodan+Fields Essentials Foaming Sunless Tan
First of all, I love the natural-looking color this product gives you. No streaky orange legs here! It’s also build-able, meaning you can apply more coats to gradually get a deeper color. It’s an actual foam, so it’s light and oil-free. Also, many sunless tanners have a strong odor, but the Rodan+Fields is very mild.
Neutrogena’s Micro-Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan
What I love about Neutrogena is that it’s a spray, which makes it simple to get even coverage and a streak free application. The spray also makes it easy to tan those hard-to-reach places. Neutrogena’s odor is also very mild and the color is very natural. A HUGE benefit of Neutrogena is that it won’t stain the palms of your hands. Ya’ll this is huge!
Both products are cost effective and certainly cheaper than paying for the harmful effects of sun damage later on.
Melanie Mills Hollywood Gleam Body Radiance
Gleam, as I call it, is another great product I use to get a nice summer glow. It’s a creamy moisturizer, make-up and glow all in one! I use it on both my face and body. To see how to achieve a natural glow using Gleam on your face, check out my how-to video here.
It comes in three shades: Rose Gold, Bronze Gold and Deep Gold. They suit any skin color and any skin color can use any shade depending on how deep of a color you are looking for.
Gleam can be applied under foundation or applied with your moisturizer on your face for a healthy glow finish.
It is also my go-to when I want my legs to have that beautiful silky summer glow. Gleam lasts all day and is transfer resistant, non-staining, no streaking, so it looks very natural.
Just like with sunless tanner, you want to exfoliate before applying to ensure smooth coverage. It’s super easy to apply. I just use the palm of my hand and apply like lotion. You can also thin it out a bit, if you like, with some lotion.
I mainly use it in the summer, but it would be great for an evening event during the year to add some color to your legs or arms. Gleam is my go-to for a quick, beautiful healthy glow!
Ladies, keep protecting your skin this summer, but don’t feel like you have to skip that summer glow. Just get it the healthy way!
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