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Top 5 Tanning Alternatives for Bronzed Goddesses

We’ve come a long way from the days of tanning oil, aluminum foil sun reflectors, and turbocharged tanning beds. Sure, everyone loves a healthy glow. But is a golden tan really worth looking like a crocodile handbag by the age of 40? We think not.

Don’t worry – a life without prolonged sun exposure doesn’t mean you’re doomed to an existence of perpetual pastiness. There’s several tanning alternatives available that will leave you looking like a bronzed goddess without the potential risks (skin cancer and premature aging will never be chic). Here are some of the best ways to get your glow on without spending hours in the sun.

Airbrush Spray Tans

For a flawless (and sunless) dose of color, an airbrush spray tan is your best bet. Head to a tanning salon where a professional will apply a spray tanner from head to toe. Some even offer contouring services, during which spray tan is strategically applied to make abs look more defined and thighs look more toned. And if you’re uncomfortable standing in front of a stranger in your skivvies, you can try a self-tanning spray at home.

Self-Tanning Lotions

One of the most popular at-home tanning alternatives is to apply an all-over tanning lotion. There’s several formulas to choose from, including pearlescent formulas and quick-drying gels. For self-tanning beginners, a tanning mousse is super easy to apply, as it’s less messy and easier to achieve an even tan (aka less streaks!).

Tanning Towelettes

For the ultimate in easy at-home tanning, towelettes for the face and body allow you to gradually build a sunless glow. These pre-soaked towelettes exfoliate, tan, and moisturize the face and body with a formula that goes on clear, then deepens into a natural-looking tan.

Bronzer

Tanning Alternatives - Bronzer
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer

If a quick tanning fix is all you need, look no further than a matte bronzer. A light dusting along your cheekbones, chin, hairline, and the bridge of your nose gives your face a beautiful, sun kissed look.

Body Makeup

Tanning Alternatives - Body Makeup
Sally Hansen

Do you want to show off a sexy pair of legs, or maybe some tanned shoulders? Body makeup has you covered. Unlike self-tanner, body makeup can be washed off in the shower – yet it’s strong enough to stay put throughout the night, without rubbing off on your clothes.

The Perfect Canvas

Cheeky Physique Products

No matter what tanning alternative you choose, one thing’s for sure – you need to start with the perfect canvas. For those days you’ll inevitably be in the sun (hello, summer beach trips!), always protect your skin with an SPF sunblock.

Also, don’t forget to keep your skin firm and moisturized with Cheeky Physique’s line of multitasking body products, which tone the look of your bod while treating you to a luxurious dose of moisture. With Tummy Sleek for your abs, Contour Sleek for your thighs, and Sublime Bust for your décolletage, your self-tanners and bronzers will go on extra smooth, making for a gorgeous tan and a sexy glow.

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