Remember those days of being a teenager and baking in the sun, covered with Hawaiian Tropic dark tanning oil or baby oil with iodine (what were we thinking?). No sunscreen in those at all. Sunscreen wasn’t even in our vocabulary then. We spent plenty of Saturdays at the beach when I was a teen in college in Florida and I can remember being obsessed with laying out in the sun, just laying there baking and it was SO hot. Oh my, the years I did that are just crazy, but honestly I don’t think we knew better at the time. I have since learned the hazards of tanning….
I do not tan at all anymore (on purpose anyway), except when I’m at the beach and put on a lot of sunscreen. I’ll sit out a bit in the sun, but do not let myself burn and get minimal sun on myself and I cover my face with a hat and sunscreen all the time when I’m out at the beach. I’m not so good about doing it around my house when I’m outside, but I really need to do it all the time. I’ve already had skin cancer about 15 years ago and hope that I don’t have more, although odds are I will. My fair-skin dad has battled with skin cancer for years and I totally have his coloring. So, it’s sunless for me these days. Luckily, the days of Q-T, the orange stuff (remember that?) is long gone and there are many great products out there.
My lily white legs are begging for me to get out the self-tanner right about now and everyone will thank me when I do it. Putting on shorts really calls attention to how white I am and that bit of color really helps a lot. I bought some Loreal Sublime self-tanner last year and liked it for the most part, but I thought I’d see what y’all are using, cause I know most of you probably do the same thing I do…self-tanner all the way! I don’t like to spend a ton on self-tanner, so let’s share some recommendations on thrifty finds, as well as the more expensive ones, if you like those too. I’m breaking out the self-tanner this week since I’m going to the beach, gotta have some color.
Any tips on keeping the streaking to a minimum? I know what I usually do….exfoliate, slather with lotion, then put on the self-tanner! The knees and ankles are the worst parts to get streak-free for me.
How about it? Are you ready for shorts, got your tan on lately??
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I’m another lily-white girl here, and I’ve had to learn to accept it. Too many people in my family have a tendency to skin cancers. In fact, I am using a chemotherapy on my face now.
I don’t think there is enough self tanners to make me look tan.
I use Neutrogena micro-mist. It is an airbrush sunless tan in a can. I lay out a towel on the bathroom floor and spray away. The first time I used it I didn’t spread it. I just sprayed it and let it dry. BAD IDEA!! I spray it on and rub it in like lotion now. It works a lot better. The color starts to show in about 2 hours. It is a light but tan color. I really enjoy it.
I myself haven’t used self-tanners but when I read your post it reminded me of a little story about my husband’s grandma. Now, Grandma Green is a sweet, hip little 85 year old who always dresses quite stylish and keeps her hair in the latest fashion. Well, she decided to try a self-tanner and let’s just say she went a little overboard with it and ended up sooooooo dark, especially around her face. I didn’t see her but I guess it was really something…she laughed and laughed at herself! Guess maybe her experience has made me a little gun shy to even try it! My skin is pretty fair anyway.
My daughter is going to the salon to get a spray tan so we’ll see how that works. She just started going yesterday.
Have an awesome day!
Donna Kay says
Ok – Ok – I’ll be the first to admit…..I go to the tanning bed. I know, I know – and even before this post – I have been thinking that i don’t need to do this anymore. A friend of mine uses the L’Oreal and loves it – I think I will check into that.
Slinking away….feeling very guilty!!!!
Sandi McBride says
I’m a self tanner type of girl…I only burn outside…thanks for this tip…I love Loreal products…I’ll have to give this a try.
Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio says
I was a baby oil and iodine girl myself. Always had a dark tan – sometimes a burn. In my 40’s I was diagnosed with skin cancer. I have had skin cancer 4 times since. As soon as I was diagnosed, I started using sun screen, but the damage was done in my teens and 20’s.
I don’t use self tanners. Even with my sunscreen, I get a very light tan during the summer, from just being outdoors.
Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says
It’s fun to see what all of you do, some do self-tanners, some do not.
Donna Kay, don’t feel bad. I actually did the tanning bed when they first came out for about 3 mos. (about 20 years ago), but decided they were not a good idea either. My sister & niece still do tanning beds & I harp on them all the time! They are still not safe…no tan is a safe tan.
So, I went out today & got the Neutrogena micromist too, and just put it on, so we’ll see in a few hours how it looks. I still have some Loreal Sublime and will use it up too. I really like how the micromist goes on, so it might be my new favorite!
Thanks for the tips, ladies!
Niesz Vintage Home says
haha…Q-T. Ah yes, I remember the orange. 🙂
For years I would gauge how much fun I had on vacation by how good of a tan I got. OY!
But like you, I’ve had skin cancer, so don’t tan anymore.
I really like Neutragena’s sunless tanner. It comes in 3 different levels. I start out with the light and then move up to the medium(which is 2-3 shades darker).
I tried their Micro-mist, but the lotion went on more evenly for me.
Thanks for reminding me about this. Its been so chilly here, I haven’t been in shorts, yet.
My legs are ghostly white and I need to get working on my fake tan. 🙂
Mrs. B says
Love this topic, and it’s so timely! I’ve got fair skin that doesn’t tan easily, but I love the look of a little color. I used to go to a tanning bed, but am trying to be nicer to my skin, plus I never really liked baking in the tanning bed anyway, and it’s expensive. I’ve been using the Jergens Natural Glow for just over a week now and it’s just okay. Not great. I’m using the type for light skin, and I just barely notice a difference on my legs, plus I’ve got funny brown spots on my knees now. I spend quite a bit of time at the pool during the summer with my kids, so I’d like to find something that will give me nice all over color without being streaky.
I just hopped over from Blissfully domestic and am really enjoying your blog!
Donna Kay says
Please let us know how the micromist works – I would love to have an alternative – it’s just that white fat (on my arms!!)looks like Crisco and brown fat just look like caramel!!!!
Oh yes….I used NO sunscreen at all….just baby oil!…and then there were years and years spent at the tanning booth because I was short on time and that was so much quicker! If I knew then what I knew now!!
I appreciate the suggestions about the products that are more along the line of “naturals”–without the chemicals. What an appropriate topic and what terrific responses from your readers.
wow, this was a great post. Loved the comments. I’m going to look into some of the natural suggestions! Thanks for posting this!
Yes, I was a baby oil tanning girl myself. Can’t believe we did that too ourselves!
Great post so timely. I use the Jergens on my legs and arms, I don’t care for the smell. My new fav. is Vasaline Body Glow. If I have something special to attend I go and get a body spray.
I too am blonde and very fair…I used to tan with the sun and tanning beds like it was my job. Truthfully everyone looks better with some color. I was diagnosed with Melanoma with a tumor on my back, and another tumor 15 mos. later. I have had surgery twice, radiation and but for the grace of God and a VERY good Doctor should not be alive to reply to this post. I have to be checked all the time… my Doctor tells me that I must have had 2 Guardian Angels because I did not catch it early.
It makes me sad to see that there are people still using the beds and laying in the sun…my Doctor tells me that I will have lots of company because people think it can’t happen to them. I have to say I miss the beach SO much…we have such beautiful ones here in NE and it kills me that I can’t enjoy them like i used to !!!
Thank you for this post,
Wow! I was going to comment on self-tanners but after the last comment I have to say “what on earth was that all about?!?!” Someone has some serious anger issues. Do they think someone is really going to take the time to read that whole post?
I hope you are having a great day!
Was that manifesto written from a wilderness cabin? Strange to think of all that lurks out there. ABOUT SELF TANNERS…I found a great one at Sally’s Beauty Supply. It’s called Skin Drench Instant Self-Tanning Spray. I am very fair and live in Fl and it provides a very real color. Price is 19.99 but covers entire body 3 or 4 times.
Hi Rhoda….I use Tan Towels. You can order them from Drugstore.com on the internet. They are sealed in little foil packs & are the size of baby wipes. You just rub them on & viola in three hours you got a great tan & no smell or orange hands. They are $20 a for a package of ten. The Tan Towel Plus extended last longer but all of them are good I have tried. Have fun at the beach! Bonnie