Summer means shedding clothes and newsflash: men love women's skin. They also love seeing it with a healthy, sexy glow. By glow we mean not wintry pale and by healthy we mean sans the damaging effects of the sun.
Want a sexy summer glow without the sun? This fair-skinned (OK, sometimes downright deathly pale) writer bravely went where she hasn't gone since the Great Self Tanner Mishap of 2004, and tested a new batch of faux-glow products. The top five self-tanners we recommend:
Comodynes: For serious color, pick up Comodynes Hydra Tanning Summer Glow lotion or their Self-Tanning Towelettes. Of the two, we fell in the love with the towelettes. Perfect for self-tanning beginners, the easy application guarantees no weird streaking, the color intensity adapts to your skin tone, a relief for those of us with super fair skin. Summer Fling Checklist
Beautisol: The Summer Glow lotion from Beautisol won us over from the bat with the before & after photos on their website, full of pasty-to-bronze transformations that gave us hope. We started with Beautisol's Go Slough Yourself scrub (exfoliating is a must for even color), and then went to town. Our favorite feature? The lotion itself is dark, which gives you a hint of bronze right away and, more importantly, makes for a fool-proof, splotch-proof application.
Clinique: Give yourself a spray tan with Clinique's Self Sun Body Airbrush Spray. It's an ultra-fine, one-touch spray that works even when the bottle is upside down so you don't have to miss a spot. It's oil free, making it a great choice for those of us with oily or acne-prone skin, especially as the weather heats up. 4 Green Date Night Beauty Products
Body Drench: Body Drench's Daily Replenish moisture lotion is perfect if you're not ready to go super dark, or prefer to develop your faux-tan gradually. Daily Replenish will give you a lot of moisture and a hint of color that you can build on with daily use: perfect for the Snow Whites looking for a natural glow.
Au Courant: If you prefer a mousse over a lotion, try Au Courant Instant Sunless Tanning Mousse. It'll give you a lighter glow, but you can use the mousse as a base before applying Au Courant's lotion on top of it for deeper color. We loved this one for the face: it's the perfect color intensity for a realistic-looking tan. Kissable Lip Gloss: 6 Splurge Or Save Glosses
Readers, what's your favorite product for sexy summer skin?