Being a pale girl, I am a fanatic for self tanners. They are literally the only way I have even an ounce of color in the summer, until I can work on getting all my freckles to join together in to one big "tan". I also love them because they're safer than exposing your skin to so much sun and I won't have excessive tanning wrinkles when I'm older. I like to think I'm doing my skin a favor. Ya feel me?
I've talked about self-tanners on Glazed Over before (see here and here for just a couple examples) and I've got a brand new one to talk about today - the NKD SKN Pre-Shower Tan.
This tanner is marketed as a gradual tanner, so don't expect amazing bronze results in just one application, this is going to take a bit. All you have to do is apply this before you shower, leave it on for 10 minutes, and go about your normal shower routine. Of course, don't scrub the daylights out of your skin in the shower, or when drying off, and you'll start to see color develop over the next 4-8 hours. Avoid using any lotions afterwards so the tan can properly develop.
The cream itself is a thick, yellow lotion that doesn't have any nasty self-tanner smell (gotta love that!). It rubs in easily and doesn't feel greasy on the skin. I tended to leave it on for closer to 20 minutes each time, only because I got busy doing things or cleaning the bathroom while I waited for the lotion to set. Once I dried off, I could smell a faint tanner smell which I didn't like, but it didn't last all day. I used this every other day, for 3 applications, and achieved a nice glow that looks natural on this Snow White-esque pale girl. It's even lasted me 4-5 days without becoming patchy (pro tip: moisturizing on days you don't use this product is key to keeping a lasting glow that doesn't look patchy!). Check out my results:
I've heard other people bash this product because it doesn't give them enough color. For me, it's just enough to not make me look like a crazy tanned redhead. The glow you get is comparable to using the Jergens gradual tanning lotion or the Suave version, and it doesn't have the nasty smell and it takes less time to develop.
As a new mom, I personally love that I can lather this on and rinse it off so my little one doesn't get covered in self-tanner. This is just what I needed for the summer time!