Which Self Tanners Work Best?

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Jun 13, 2004
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Which Self Tanners Work Best?

From Elizabeth Waverly,Your Guide to Beauty.

We rate the best self tanners on the market

Ever since a bronzed Coco Chanel came back from a Mediterranean vacation in the 1920s & made the tan the hottest fashion accessory, women have been going ga-ga over golden skin.

These days you don't have to lay out in the sun to get a beautiful bronzed face & body. In fact, in order to keep your face wrinkle-free it's important you use sunscreen every day (90% of wrinkles are caused by UV rays). But wearing sunscreen doesn't mean you have to look like a ghost 12 months out of the year. Everyone knows bronzed skin gives off a healthy glow & makes you look pounds thinner. Here, I rundown a list of the best self tanners & bronzers on the market.

Best Self Tanners for the Face

[*]In 1984, Guerlain of Paris created the first bronzing powder, dubbed Terracotta & at $35 it's still one of the best bronzers on the market.

[*]Laura Mercier Bronzer. A bit pricier than M.A.C. & other bronzers on the market, but well worth the price. This bronzer provides a "just tanned" look with a touch of rose. Warms the skin and adds a spark of shimmer.

[*]Chanel Perfecting Bronzer. Powder this bronzer on your forehead, cheeks & nose for that perfect sun-kissed look.

[*]Clarins Radiance-Plus Self Tanning Cream Gel The authors of 'Total Beauty,' one of the many beauty books I have, gave this facial self tanner 8.13 points out of 10 -- the highest rating for all their tested self tanners. Why did they like it? It's light, has a pleasant smell & lasts a couple days.

[*]Lancome Flash Bronzer Instant Bronze Glow for the Face. This self tanner was voted 'Best New Product' by New Woman Magazine it's first year on the market. It has a pleasant smell, gives a nice, all-over golden glow & has skin-softening Vitamin E.

[*]Estee Lauder Go Tan Towelettes for Face & Decolletage. This product is the fake tan equivalent of cleansing wipes. These individually-wrapped towelettes let you whip up a golden tan at your desk, in the car or even on the plane.

[*]Phytomer Bronze Perfect. This is a great facial self-tanner that also doesn't smell, isn't sticky & leaves a nice, all-over golden glow.

Best Self Tanners for the Body

[*]Declo Auto-Bronzant Spray Express Hydrant SPF6.You'll find this to be one of the best & least pungent self tanners you'll try. Tanning agents are 100 percent organic and are suitable for face as well as body.

[*]Clarins Lait Auto-Bronzant. The manager of C.O. Bigelow Apothecary on 6th Ave. in Manhattan swears by this self-tanner. A self-proclaimed self-tanning nut, she said the milky cream works better than the gel. And if you want to use it on your face? Just add a bit of moisturizer.

[*]St. Tropez Whipped Mousse. This salon brand is beloved by celebs including Elle MacPherson. The superspeedy mousse has aloe leaf juice & fruit acids to pump up the tan.

[*]Lancome Flash Bronzer Magic Mousse. This super-hydrating mousse gives instant color & develops fully within an hour.

[*]Origins Great Pretender. Get golden brown with this tinted shimmery body gel. Like most Origins products, this self tanners has many natural ingredients. And the sparkle & shimmer will make you feel sexy all summer long. <!--/gc-->


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