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Avoid This Faux Tan

May 9th, 2012


Instead go slowly for the perfect glow.

Shocking but true, "The Tanning Bed Mom" as she's been dubbed, doesn't hold any golden glow award. This Nutley, New Jersey, resident Patricia Krentcil, has been in the news for taking her daughter along to the tanning salon, but her own tanorexic addiction has become a national topic.

imageInstead avoid this tanning trouble with Jergen's Natural Glow & Protect moisturizer, SPF 20, $9, which is a moisturizer that gradually builds a subtle tan. It does this with dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a chemical that produces a darker color in the upper layers of skin, sans sun or a tanning bed. Apply it everyday and within a week you'll see a bronze you. But if you're in a hurry, like I was this weekend, jump-start it with their Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer that works within hours.

A few tips before you self-tan:
-Shower and shave a few hours before self-tanning, then exfolitate for an even application
-Don't forget to moisturize spots like knees, elbows and feet to avoid 'dark spots'
-Afterwards, be sure to moisturize your skin daily. Self-tanners can leave skin dry, therefore, keep skin looking golden with well moisturized skin.

Made a mistake, remove the faux glow completely by smoothing baby oil over your skin, then exfoliate. The oil will lift the color fast.


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You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing.

—Marie Stopes