Self tanner can be a bad boyfriend: promising true love, but delivering only misery and patchy, orange colour. (OK, so maybe this metaphor doesn’t entirely work.)
By this point in the calendar I’ve been swimming a lot, taking two showers a day (thank you, “world class” Toronto humidity) and my skin is lizardy, ashy and dry, with still weeks of summer left. I can’t look this terrible in August. That’s what February is for.
What to do? Scrubs made from sugar or salt granules suspended in oil scare me. If anyone is going to slip, fall and die in the shower it’s yours truly.
So instead, I rip through the better part of a tube of Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial ($14.49 at well.ca; ships to USA), covering my whole body with something meant to be applied sparingly to faces. I feel very Marie-Antoinette extravagant as its glycolic acid formula smooths away all the roughness on my ‘gator-like exterior.
Then the right self-tanner, discovered through much trial, streaked heels and Cheeto-orange error.
Avène Moisturizing Self Tanner Face and Body ($27.99 at well.ca; ships to USA) lightweight gel cream spreads easily over arms and legs (with no tell-tale dark patches or streaks) for natural-looking colour. My torso stays pale and hidden under clothing at all times, so only the sticky-outy bits need doing. (Picture a turtle’s limbs emerging from his shell. That’s me. I am the turtle in this scenario.)
And for my face, Sisley Self-Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care ($180 CAD at sisley-paris.ca* and $145 USD at nordstrom.com) smells ‘heavenly-slash-expensive’ (it is–I bought in France for 100€), but the result is a hydrated "day on a Mediterranean chaise longue" glow. (You know it’s chaise longue, not chaise lounge, right? Just wanted to clear that up.)
Once you’re over the shock of having spent on Sisley, you’ll see that it’s worth it, as you’ll look naturally tan, never like someone heading into their fourth season on a Bravo housewives franchise.
A final note: please do not accessorize your tan with a French pedicure. Thank you.
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How do you keep your skin looking summery as the season hits its last few weeks? Have you ever tried a trick like this? Would you?
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