Safe Tans for Spring and Summer

My legs are so pale. They’re probably 5 times paler than the rest of my body, because here on the East Coast of Canada they don’t see the light of day for 6 months of every year. I love having a bit of colour to make them look a little slimmer, and more even.

I used tanning beds a bit when I was a teen, but because of the risks involved, I don’t anymore. One of my immediate family members had skin cancer on their face. It wasn’t melanoma, thankfully, but it did have to be removed several times and eventually resulted in a fairly large skin graft. When I was younger, I didn’t take that as seriously as I should have. Now, I do.

Which is why I’ve tried so many self-tanners! I’ve tried creams and gels and sprays and cloths trying to get a nice, safe tan. Most of them gave me a “meh” orange look at best. I did find one that I liked, and it smelled better than the rest. But I found I had to use so much of it to get results that I was going through it really quickly, and I never did perfect how to apply it without streaks. Last summer, I only bothered using it a couple of times.

Then the new Beachfront Self-Tanning Body Lotion was announced. I ordered it, along with the Self-Tanning Spray. When it arrived at my door, I was so excited to try it out because I had heard some really good things about it. I decided to do my daily workout first, so I could then shower and exfoliate before using the self-tanner (exfoliation is so important when applying self-tan).

An hour of intense cardio and an hour of lower-body training later, I went to get in the shower. There was NO water! It had been shut off for maintenance. I had to wait for about an hour to finally get my shower and try the lotion! I used my body wash and loofah on my legs, then shaved them. Shaving exfoliates really well by removing the top layer of dead skin.

After getting out of the shower and drying off, I finally got to use my new self-tanning body lotion! I applied to my right leg only, so I would be able to compare before and after accurately with my left leg and take pictures of both without worrying about lighting changes. The lotion has a light bronzer in it, which allows you to see where you apply it. The colour takes a few hours to fully develop, but I had some initial thoughts: 1) It smelled good(!); 2) It wasn’t sticky; 3) I didn’t need to use much to get even coverage; 4) I barely had to rub it in at all because it dried so quickly; and 5) It was extremely moisturizing and my leg felt very soft.

When I checked my legs about 5 hours later, the colour had definitely developed into a natural-looking, even glow. I was really impressed, and my skin still felt really soft and smooth. I decided to apply it again, lightly, and then see how it looked in the morning.

This morning I woke up to this:


I could not be any happier with how this turned out! It’s not orange at all, it’s totally even and didn’t streak anywhere, and my skin is really smooth. This has definitely replaced my old self-tanner which is now in the bin, and I’m off to go tan my left leg too!

The Younique Beachfront Self-Tanning Body Lotion is supposed to last for about a week, depending on how much you shower and sweat, and the more you apply, the darker it will get and the longer it will last. It has coconut oil, shea butter, green tea, and vitamin E to condition and protect skin.

If you want to check it out it’s available here.

What’s your favourite way to tan?




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