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Old 04-16-2015, 06:52 AM
 
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Do you use them? What has been your experience? Positive or negative?

Their advantages are often advertised as:

No exposure to rays either from the sun or from tanning lamps.

Not harmful (from a cancer viewpoint, like rays are).

Easy to apply in your own home.

Can be fairly inexpensive.
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:22 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I use them sometimes. The gradual ones are a lot more natural looking, at least the ones I've tried. If you're not going to use a gradual self-tanner, it's important to exfoliate first, put some lotion on your knees and anywhere else that the skin is a little thicker, and wear gloves during the application.
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:50 AM
 
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I also like to use gradual self-tanner, but if you are pale and use them too often they can look slightly yellow.
I sometimes even mix them with my normal face cream/moisturizer to make it less strong.
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:02 AM
 
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I notice quite a few people around (at gym and out walking their dogs) with nice, even tans on face, arms and legs that have not come from the sun after a dreadful winter around here.
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:12 AM
 
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Some of them might be going to a tanning salon or getting spray tans.

Self-tanner is pretty inexpensive. I use the Nivea one and it's about $7 for a bottle that lasts me a month and a half, used every day. Maybe you should give it a try.

I don't use any on my face though, mostly just my legs because my face and arms are already tanned from hours spent on my bicycle.
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Old 04-16-2015, 02:03 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I use to spray tan at a local salad, it was very natural looking and lasted a week. I stopped though because eventually I didn't want to keep paying for it. It's gets costly. I am using Victoria's Secret tanning lotion and love it! I think it blends well and last about 5 days. I never use it on my face. Just arms, legs, ect. I do try to limit sun exposure because my skin is fair and i can burn easy. I have been using sunless tanning for 5 years now. Also, I mostly just self tan in winter and early summer. I usually get enough color over summer to not use it as much.
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Old 04-16-2015, 02:17 PM
 
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I tried some various brands and the problem for me was the terrible stench the lotions emitted.
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Old 04-16-2015, 03:13 PM
 
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How long after applying should you wait before taking a shower?
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Old 04-16-2015, 05:40 PM
 
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Apply AFTER your shower and exfoliation! You need for the stuff to dry thoroughly and "stain" your skin...that's what it does!

Self-tanners have improved over the years, but they are still a major pain in the rear....they have to be reapplied regularly...salt and chlorine water will cause it to streak, and joint areas are hard to make look natural...lots of exfoliation prior, and moisturizer is needed.

Most have a strong scent, which I can't tolerate. Jergen's spray foam doesn't have that awful smell!
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:26 AM
 
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I just discovered a new one that works well and actually smells nice! It is Jergens Natural Glow. I have a natural tan, but bought this to even up my feet and parts that don't get exposed, and so far I am pleased.
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