Originally Posted by J. Cogburn
I visited my dermotologist yesterday and got an earful about the terrors of the sun. No tan is a good tan she says. If you want color, buy a bottle of tanning solution.
Anyone ever try this? I don't want to look orange. But then again, I don't want to be pasty white or become a victim of skin cancer either.
Basically, I need to decide if this is really a viable option.
She's right about the tanning thing. I think your best bet, as a beginner, would be a gradual tanning lotion. They're really easy to apply (just like a body moisturiser) and they gradually build up colour with daily use - just as a natural tan would build up. After about 7 to 10 days of use your skin picks up a nice tanned colour and then you just need to reapply once or twice a week to keep it that way.
It may not be instant but you get great control over the colour, it looks natural and it's easy to apply and maintain.
Jergen's and Johnson's both do great ones, go for the formula that says 'For Fair Skin' on it. I think I might write another post about them soon. St Tropez Mousse is also an easy one to use but only when you're a bit more confident with self tanners.
You can read my post about self tanning here
, I cover most of the basics you need to know.
I think the best tip I can give you is to always apply less than you think you need. It's easy to add more product later but a bitch to take any off.