How to – get ready for the perfect summer glow
The best lotions for a bronze summer glow
Spring has officially begun and it is definitely one of my favorite season. Time to put away winter clothes, boots and puffer coats and bring on all those light and summer clothes! Wherever you are it’s getting hot because the temperatures are finally taking a turn. However, the biggest challenge we probably all have to cope with is that first day we finally decide to wear that flowery dress that we love and we then realize how white our skin is. I have always leaved in a Mediterranean country, therefore have been used to go to the beach already in March if the weather allows it. Nonetheless, living in Berlin has changed my habits – I often realize how pale and white I am in May because I didn’t really had the chance to escape to the beach during the weekend.
Tanning lamps and solarium have never been an option in my mind – I always had this negative vision on the topic and first of all it is so dangerous for your skin that it was never worth the risk. However, on the other hand self-tanning has come a long way if you dig a safe bronze glow. I decided to give it a try and after some time I can affirm that it is a good solution to step into your first summer dress with a little bronze glow. You no longer have to fear telltale streaks, unpleasant aromas, or a bizarrely orange hue. Still, it is important to do a patch test before you apply any of these formulas, and always scrub your hands with soap after application (or use a tanning mitt to apply). Whether you want a hint of color or a just-back-from-Tahiti glow, these are the best tanning lotions I have found this year.
This Works’ ‘Energy Bank Sunflash’ is the perfect solution to revive sunshine-deprived skin. This weightless formula is designed to mimic the sun’s effect on your complexion – it’s blended with a hint of Caramel to give a healthy, natural glow and supercharged with energizing Caffeine, brightening Vitamin C and plumping Hyaluronic Acid. The uplifting fragrance helps to boost your mood, too.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s ‘Alpha Beta® Glow Pad’ gives a naturally sun-kissed glow without the harmful effects of UVA/UVB rays. Designed to be used on your face, neck and décolletage, it’s formulated with the label’s exfoliating Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids that ensure an even, streak-free finish.
The Hampton Sun “Sunless Tanning Gel” is the perfect addition to your pre- and post-vacation beauty regime. This hypoallergenic gel will prolong your existing tan or create a natural-looking sun-kissed glow within just a few hours of application. Enriched with Aloe to moisturize and heal as well as skin-softening antioxidant Vitamin E, the non-sticky texture makes it perfect for use it on both the face and the body for a flawless bronzed look.
Text: Margaux Lombard, May 9th 2018