As we welcome the summer heat, Los Angeleans opt to spend their days under the hot Southern California sun, and in turn, hope for that golden bronzed beach glow. Though tanning salons have become increasingly popular, the long-term effects have posed detrimental impacts to our vulnerable skin. Spray tans and gradual tanners are a more cost-effective and safer trick to concocting the perfect bronze. In order to achieve your best glow, exfoliate and moisturize to ensure a longer-lasting tan.
Terracotta Bronzing Spray by Guerlain
$64 from Nordstrom
Comes in two shades: light and medium
Why we love it: This spray bronzer has some serious upsides. Along with matte airbrush technology, this mist has SPF 10 that dries extremely fast!
The downside: Unfortunately, all wonderful products have their downside. While the matte formula perfectly absorbs unwanted oils, the mist washes off easily, so beware of your brand new white blouse!
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Spray
$35 from BeautyChoice.com
Why we love it: This bronzer is notorious among editorial magazines for being a reliable source for a golden summer glow in just 60 seconds. With built-in sources of aloe vera moisturizer, this bronzer sustains a longer lasting color. In addition, St. Tropez products boast Aromaguard™ technology to reduce the spray tan aroma.
The downside: The produced color is rather subtle, so if you’re looking for instant color, this is not the product for you.
Neutrogena Sunless Tanning Spray Micro Mist
$14 from CVS
Comes in three shades: light, medium, dark
Why we love it: One bottle of Micro Mist can be used for two full spray tans. This at-home remedy is extremely easy to use, especially since the color is controllable based on how much you spray (spraying two coats will give you a darker color).
The downside: The color can take up to eight hours to appear, and there is a tan aroma.
Vita LiberataFabulous Tinted Self-Tanning Mousse, $30 from Sephora
Why we love it: This self-tanning mousse is lightweight, making it suitable for oily prone skin types. For those who may be concerned, this product contains organic extracts and natural ingredients, so this sulfate-free formula is great for sensitive skin.
The downside: This product may not produce long-lasting results.
LORAC TANtalizerBody Bronzing Spray, $15, Ulta Beauty or Kohls
Why we love it: The TANtalizerBody collection comes in a lotion, a spray, and baked bronzer. These products are unique because the color is instant, so you can see where the bronzer is being applied. The spray makes it easy to cover hard to reach areas, such as your armpits or elbows.
The downside: This bronzer produces a deep shade, so if you are new to the world of tanning, beware overusing this product to the extent of a tanning fail.
By Sabrina Blaustein (The Dia Diaries Fashion Contributor)
Chandia Brennen is a Certified Image Consultant and CEO of ItsGood2bME Fashion Consulting and Image Management based in Los Angeles CA, Chandia has been in the Fashion industry for over four years. She has worked for dozens of publications and holds the title of Senior Fashion Editor in both LA and NY. Chandia is a fashion scout for a Design Agency in NY and Brand Ambassador for HairEverywhere Luxury.