I don't have to tell you about the perils of tanning, especially sans sunscreen... according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. That's where self-tanner comes into play: you get the sun-kissed finish of your dreams without actually having to sit in the sun. But anyone who's used the product knows that they sometimes tend to veer orange, or leave obvious streaks. But now, the new self-tanners of 2019 can give you that beachy glow without much mess. Or effort, really.
It should also come as no surprise that sunless tanners have the dermatologists seal of approval: "I think they're great," Dr. Daniel Belkin, a dermatologist and clinical assistant professor at New York University, tells TZR. "Any real suntan requires cell damage. That leads to signs of sun damage and aging — including wrinkles, laxity, sunspots, skin cancers — later on in life. Self-tanners create a relatively natural-looking tan without requiring any of the costs of sun damage."
In terms of application, the key is to prep your skin beforehand so that the product goes on smoothly — whether it be mousse, lotion, or gel. "Exfoliate well, and protect the areas of your skin that are known to be drier — such as hands, feet, elbows, ankles, and wrists — with a light layer of lotion. This will help solution to apply and develop evenly, as dry spots can cause product to cling giving away your faux-glow," Alexandra DiMarchi, Tan-Luxe’s Global Tanning Expert, tells TZR. "And afterwards, wipe your palms with an exfoliating cleansing wipe to remove any unwanted product. Use a Q-tip for precision removal around your cuticles, too."
There you have it — South of France brilliance, all thanks to a bottle. See the best innovations ahead.