We all want to have that tanned, glowing and sun-kissed look in the summer. However, most of us know by now that lying out in the sun might make us look great in the immediate future, but it has some seriously not cute long-term consequences.
Sunbathing causes wrinkles, premature aging and dark spots. What's worse is that it also raises our risk of developing melanoma, which can be fatal.
In short? Tanning is no bueno. Don't do it!
However, just because we can't get our glow the old fashioned way doesn't mean that we have to stay pale. In today's day and age, it's easier than ever to fake the look of a bronzed goddess without actually putting yourself at risk. Here are our favorite products for getting that summer glow.
Menaji Face & Body Scrub
No, this product won't give you any color or glow, but that doesn't mean that it isn't a must-have for achieving that look. Since we're going to be faking our glowing tan, we have to prime and prep our skin first. It's pretty much the same principle behind sanding a piece of furniture before you paint it; if you don't start with a smooth surface, the color is going to settle into the wood unevenly.
This dual-purpose scrub exfoliates away all of the dead, dry skin on both our faces and bodies. Although it's designed for men, everyone here at Frends is obsessed with using it before they self-tan. If you really want your skin to be ready for color, follow up your scrub with an ultra-thick body cream, like the Hempz Triple Moisture Whipped Body Creme.
Lorac Selftantalizer Body Bronzing Gradual Self-Tanner
We'll admit it: We suffer from serious tanning intimidation, just like you probably do. Applying self-tanner can be totally nerve-wracking. We're constantly worrying that we're applying too much product to one area and not enough to another.
That's why we're so in love with this self-tanning kit. The application mitt prevents our tan from going on too streaky or unevenly. Plus, its gradual formula means that if we do manage to make a mistake, it's not too noticeable. Even those who are self-tanning first-timers can get a great finish with this amazing kit.
Ben Nye Bronzing Body Tint
We're obsessed with this bronzing body makeup from Ben Nye. For one little inexpensive bottle, it provides about a million uses. Apply it with a brush to certain areas if you want to contour your body. Apply it straight for a serious bronzed look. Mix a few drops into your favorite body lotion for a more subdued glow. While it stays in place no matter how we apply it, it washes away pretty easily in the shower.
The Balm Desert Bronzer and Blush
This two-in-one gem from The Balm cosmetics is a must-have for our summer beauty bags. It's subtle enough where it can be used as an all-over bronzer or just applied to the apples of the cheeks for a bit of extra glow. Furthermore, unlike a lot of bronzers, it's complimentary on just about all skin tones.
Inglot AMC Face and Body Illuminator
A tan without a glow is like a beach without a margarita. When it comes to summer highlighters, we prefer a dewy, creamy product that we can easily use on both our faces and bodies. This amazing range of liquid highlighters from Inglot is perfect for helping us to achieve the glowing skin of our dreams. You can use it straight onto the skin for a truly eye-catching glow or mix it into lotion or foundation for a subtler shimmer.
NYX Setting Spray in Dewy Finish
We don't want to get our bronzer and highlighter just how we want it only to have it melt away in the sun. However, we also don't want to load ourselves up with setting powder and cancel out our gorgeous glows. This setting spray is the perfect way to lock everything in place while keeping our skin dewy and glowing.
Sun Bum SPF 50 Original Spray Sunscreen
Remember, our goal here is to cheat the sun and achieve a glowing look without hurting our skin. To ensure we stay protected, we need a great SPF product. This ultra-fine mist is the perfect body sunscreen to carry with you all summer long. It's effective but light, which means it can easily be sprayed over bronzer and shimmer without making you feel like you're wearing a layer of glop on your skin.
Avene Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
Just as we protect our bodies from the sun's harsh rays, we must protect our faces. This gorgeous product from Avene is a sunscreen that feels and acts like a skincare product. Not only does it protect our skin from the sun, but it provides an ample amount of moisture and tons of yummy, good-for-the-skin ingredients. This is the perfect way to start our days on warm summer mornings.
Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Gel
As much as we might try to protect ourselves from the sun, mishaps occasionally happen. If you find yourself a bit burned, don't panic. Instead, vow to be more vigilant with your sunscreen and treat your burned skin gently so that it recovers faster. This cooling after-sun gel contains real aloe vera, unlike a lot of drugstore products that don't actually contain genuine aloe. This gel will soothe and restore moisture to burned skin, helping your burn to heal quicker and more efficiently.
What products can't you live without during the summer? Do you have a secret weapon when it comes to faking a tan? We're always curious to know what our readers use and do to get bronzed, glowing and gorgeous. Share with us your favorite tips for faking the bronzed look in the comments below.