* BONUS POST Product Review:
I grew up in Florida. This means that until my family moved at the age of 13, I spent most of my childhood with golden brown skin worthy of surfer girls and Dancing With The Stars contestants only. Even though a healthy, bronzed tan may have looked appealing at a young age (and certainly suited my surprisingly olive skin), it did not do much for my family’s health. After watching my mother, sister, brother, aunts and various other relatives battle recurrent bouts of skin cancer (and the funky, deep scars that come with), I decided I’d rather be pale…. than be dead.
Unfortunately, my new found mentality has done little to change the tanning focus of various members of the family. To most people, a tan is synonymous with health and athleticism… but to me, it’s parallel to biopsies and large chunks of flesh missing from faces. While my extremely fair girls and I are being teased by sun-kissed relatives, I remind myself that either A) they will bite their tongue when I’m 40 and look 30 (and don’t have blotches, dark spots and melanoma incisions), or B) my kids will live a long life paying homage to Nicole Kidman’s flawless complexion.
Regardless of what other people say, I’ve always been proud of my resolve to live healthfully and ward of premature signs of aging (even though I’m one of few of my peers not visiting a tanning bed), and have spent every summer since I was 18 trying to make up for a childhood of dark skin, sunburns and baby oil. So why don’t I just enjoy a fake tan instead? Most of you might not know this, but I have a orange tinged, super smelly self-tanner past, laced with streaky knees and dirty palms. After a few months of sunless tanner experimentation in college, a group of boys made mean remarks when noticing my streaky legs in the sun, and I never touched the bottle again. Not because I care what other people think (ok, I totally did in college), but because they were right… it looked terrible!
So why would I put myself through the misery of trying sunless tanner again, after years of avoiding it completely? QVC and Bare Escentuals (two of my all time favorite companies) came together to create a Faux Tan like you’ve never seen before. Here is why it works and here is why I love it so far:
1. You can see where you’re applying it. The Bare Escentuals Faux Tan is a dark brown shade that is easy to see (helping you avoid leaving streaks behind) and gives you a bronze shade almost instantly. The color develops over the next few hours, and truly took form a day later.
2. It comes with a brush. Take a look at your hands: they are the most uneven surface ever (knuckles, wrinkles, fingers)…why do we apply self tanner with them? I’ve never applied a self tanner with a brush before, but Bare Escentuals puts their famous tool to work and it really does the trick. I was able to buff the tanner into every area of my skin- making sure it went on smooth, appeared even and completely avoiding the issue of stained palms.
3. It lasts a long time. I’m a low maintenance mom and don’t want to do anything that requires constant work (I have kids for that). Unlike my past in which I applied self tanner too often and without a good scrub in between, this lasts for 5 to 7 days. I plan on applying only once per week to avoid getting tanorexic and ruining the naturally bronzed look that comes from one application.
* Speak Up: Would you ever try self tanner? Why or why not?
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