by Johanna Seidel

It’s that time of year again! Legs and shoulders are being seen all over. Those shorts and tanks are leaving little to the imagination, and who doesn’t imagine themselves looking tan? A golden glow is something that complements every outfit, but how you obtain your tan is crucial.

Self-tanners provide a safe alternative to ultra violet (UV) tanning beds. According to the American Cancer Foundation, those who use an indoor tanning facility only once have increased their risks of getting Melanoma by 74%!  The American Cancer Society warns that Melanoma is the most dangerous kind of skin cancer, and it changes the lives of more than 75,000 Americans every year.

Before you bask in the sun for hours or jump in the tanning bed, consider incorporating a self-tanner as part of your daily routine. If used correctly they can help you achieve a “healthy” glow. The best-reviewed self-tanners are outlined below along with helpful application tips. “Glow” on and take a look.

Lancôme has created a fabulous bronzer called “Flash Bronzer”. After application, you will start to see results in as little as 30 minutes. This bronzer is also packed with Vitamin E and free radicals to prevent future skin damage. It is a gradual tanner, and if used two to three times a week, will have you looking like you’re coming off a month-long vacation at a lavish Caribbean resort.

In addition, Clarin’s Gelée Auto-bronzante Express self-tanning instant gel is great for everyday use. This light-weight and oil-free formula helps firm the skin in the process of moisturizing. The biggest benefit of this product is that its light-weight consistency dries quickly, allowing for you to dress shortly after application.

Last but certainly not least, Neutrogena’s Micro Mist airbrush sunless tan is a great spray tan that leaves your hands streak-free. The aerosol spray allows for a smooth, continuous spray to evenly tan your entire body. The spray is great for tanning all the difficult places to reach, allowing for a natural looking even color. This spray is also quite affordable, averaging around $12-15.

Although the glow goes with every outfit, be wary of the dangers that tanning brings. Yes, a sun-kissed glow is pleasing, but is it worth the kiss of death? Try out these products and you will have a worry-free glow in no time.