What Time is it? TAN TIME

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Photo by Taylor Karaidos
Instant tan streaks don’t lie.

Photo by Taylor Karaidos
Taylor forgot to wash her hands after applying fake tan.

Photo by Janalyn Olson
A spray tan disaster.

Two brave, young souls took on the grueling task of becoming tan goddesses. Here’s what they learned.

Instant self tan:

Instant self tan is a beauty but also a BEAST. Do you want to look orange… but instantly? This is the product for you.

  • Cheap
  • Instant color
  • Has a bad smell
  • Streaky
  • Looks orange
  • Fades uneven

We recommend trying JERGENS® Natural Glow® Instant Sun™ which retails for $12.99 at Ulta. https://www.ulta.com/natural-glow-instant-sun-mousse?productId=xlsImpprod12041641

 

Gradual self tan:

Gradual self tan has by far been the most successful tanning technique we’ve tried. It has the most natural look.

  • Cheap
  • Not streaky
  • Not stressful – you can’t mess up
  • Not as obvious of a change as instant tan
  • You have to reapply every day to achieve a strong color
  • Fades gradually without leaving patches
  • Moisturizes your skin

We recommend trying Boost Color Building Tan Extending Lotion, which retails for $32.00 at Suntan City. https://www.norvelltanning.com/product/boost-color-building-tan-extender/

 

Spray tan:

Spray tanning was successful, but the results are much less natural than other options.

  • Expensive
  • Not streaky
  • Looks bad at first until your first shower
  • Smells bad
  • You have to leave the house and go to a tanning salon
  • Can buy primer and extender for better results
  • More color options
  • Looks spotty when it fades
  • Hands and feet can look really bad if you don’t apply enough barrier cream

 

Tanning bed:

The tanning bed is the most natural of the fake tanning methods, but also the most dangerous.

  • Risk of cancer
  • Real tan
  • Looks natural
  • Lasts longer than other options
  • You have to go multiple times to build a tan
  • You can get sunburned
  • You get cool glasses, but they leave untanned eye circles
  • You don’t get tan in the places where you sweat
  • Makes you itchy
  • Causes freckles
  • You have to lay in other people’s germs and sweat
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