TAKE 5: Sun-kissed

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    Tanned skin makes you look healthy and maybe even a tiny bit more fit, but UVA and UVB rays permanently damage the skin. The safe way to get bronzed is to fake it. Sunless tanners have improved leaps and bounds over in the last few years.

    Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the most common active ingredient in sunless tanning products. It reacts with your outermost layer of skin to temporarily darken it. The colour won’t wash off but will eventually fade with exfoliation in five to seven days.

    For the best results, and to avoid zebra stripes, use a tone that matches your skin’s shade. The darker colours will give you faster results but won’t look as natural. Exfoliate and shave your legs before you apply any product, and wash your hands afterwards. Try using less on areas with thick skin, like around the feet, elbows and knees. These spots tend to absorb more product.

      OUR RATING SYSTEM

      1 – Lackluster

      2 – Not the worst of the bunch

      3 – Getting there …

      4 – Almost perfect

      5 – Knock-your-socks-off good

        Coppertone Moisture Mist Sunless Tanning
        The Claim: Get a natural looking tan with the push of a button. The product goes on easily, moisturizes the skin and dries in minutes.
        The Truth: The lightweight, dry spray is easy to apply. It will not leave a sticky film on your skin, and allows you to get dressed soon after you mist.
        Colour: 3.5 out of 5
        Application Process: 4 out of 5
        Smell: 4 out of 5
        Wow Factor: 3 out of 5

        Coppertone
        www.coppertone.ca www.coppertone.com

        Available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and CVS in the U.S.

          Jergens Natural GLOW Foaming Daily Moisturizer
          The Claim: Streak-free, natural looking colour is created gradually. The foam formula is soft and light. It dries in a few seconds.
          The Truth: Drying time is virtually eliminated, and a pleasant scent is left behind. Colour develops slowly after a week, allowing you to control the level of darkness. We love the airy foam texture. 
          Colour: 3.5 out of 5
          Application Process: 4 out of 5
          Smell: 4 out of 5
          Wow Factor: 3.5 out of 5

          Jergens
          www.jergens.ca www.jergens.com


          Available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and CVS in the U.S.

            DuWop Revolotion SPF 15
            The Claim: This breakthrough body lotion bronzes and protects against sunburn. It has a slight shimmer.
            The Truth: We mixed this product with our regular body lotion for easy application. The colour developed almost immediately and gave us an authentic glow. Wait 30 minutes before dressing to avoid getting product on your clothes.
            Colour: 4 out of 5
            Application Process: 3.5 out of 5
            Smell: 4 out of 5
            Wow Factor: 4 out of 5

            DuWop
            www.duwop.com

            Available at select Urban Outfitters in Canada and the U.S., and online at www.shop.duwop.com

              Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion
              The Claim: A tinted lotion that gives you a tanned look in just a few hours. The finish is smooth and even.
              The Truth: Provides great colour after a few applications. Make sure to exfoliate before every use and rub in well to get an even tone.
              Colour: 4.5 out of 5
              Application Process: 4 out of 5
              Smell: 3.5 out of 5
              Wow Factor: 4 out of 5

              Clinique
              www.clinique.ca www.clinique.com
              Available at Clinique counters across Canada and the U.S.

                Olay Quench PLUS  Touch of Sun
                The Claim: Body lotion infused with self tanner that will gradually give the appearance of a tan.
                The Truth: The concept – a body lotion plus self-tanner – is great. Results are sheer and natural looking. It takes a few days for the colour to develop but when it does it’s streak-free.
                Colour: 4 out of 5
                Application Process: 4 out of 5
                Smell: 3 out of 5
                Wow Factor: 3.5 out of 5

                Olay
                www.olay.ca www.olay.com
                Available at mass market and drug stores in Canada and the U.S.

                And the winner is: Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion!

                One Response to "TAKE 5: Sun-kissed"

                1. Irene  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 4:59 pm

                  Can’t forget about Too Faced’s Tanning Bed in a Tube! Its great if you want an instant, healthy glow when you hit the beach or go out at night :) I’ve been wearing it to lounges and clubs and it doesn’t smear or smudge on my clothes.

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