When winter finally ends in Chicago and I start wearing shorts and skirts I am always struck by how pale my legs or arms are. Plus I have lots of prominent veins and capillaries on my legs that I really need to have professionally taken care of sooner than later, but in the meantime I am just trying to mask some of this unattractive feature. This summer I decided that I should give Jergens Natural Glow for the body another try since now they had come out with a version with SPF 20. I thought – perfect I’ll get my sun protection and a little color all at once.
I don’t want to look deeply tan or even medium dark – I just want a warmth to my skin instead of looking pasty white. Of course, I knew that my skin should be exfoliated before application and that I should rub the lotion really well into my skin in order for the color, which appears after a few days, to look natural. After reading the directions I realized I also needed to let the lotion dry thoroughly before I could get dressed. This was difficult for me since I am always late and in a hurry in the morning, but because I didn’t want to get stains on my clothes I sucked it up and stood around my bathroom in my underwear and bra until I felt like the lotion was dry. The lotion has, in my opinion, a strong scent which to me smells like artificial coconuts. It isn’t my favorite smell, but I can live with it.
When I began using Jergens about two months ago, and even though I rubbed it in very well, it did not look good. I had orange streaks on my feet, dark patches on my knees and elbows, and my hands were ghostly white since I wash them so much the self-tanner didn’t stay on them. I tried to exfoliate the dark patches so that they looked more normal and gave up. I just decided that stop using the lotion and live with my pale skin since I was so self-conscious about the results.
Less than a week ago I figured that I should just use up the self-tanner instead of chucking it. And this time – wow! great results! No streaks this time, no ghostly white hands, and no dark elbows and knees. The problem is I can’t figure out what I did differently this time from the time before. Really. Why did I get so-so, even bad results two months ago and nice, natural looking results this past week? I wish I knew why.
I just finished the bottle this morning, and I don’t know if I am going to buy another one. The smell bugs me, and I am afraid that my good results now were a fluke instead of what is going to go on all the time.
Please share your self-tanning tips and tricks below. Remember – the only type of safe tan is a fake tan!
Extra Tips and Product Recommendations:
- Our Favorite Self-Tanners to Revive Your Complexion – Allure
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- Whish Body Self Tanner: Inside the Beauty Brains Bathroom
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