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Monday, May 30, 2011

How to Get a Sunless Tan - the Safe Way!

Happy Memorial Day! This weekend is the unofficial start of the summer  which means it is time to start baring your legs, wearing tank tops, and of course making sure your body is beach-ready. Unfortunately it has been raining a lot in NYC and we've only had a few sunny days, therefore my skin hasn't been exposed to much sunlight. If you have pale skin like I do then and you need some color before you can wear your favorite little white dress

So what's a girl to do? With the way my schedule has been, it will most likely be weeks before I make it to the beach (I always wear sunblock. You should too!). Although I've used tanning beds in the past, in recent years research has proven them to be much more harmful than actual UV Rays from natural sunlight! There is the option of a spray tan, but on top of it being expensive there are also annoying things involved such as not being able to shower until hours later. Then there are the drugstore options such as self tanners (we all know how bad those can turn out) and moisturizing lotions. When the tanning moisturizers were first introduced I was excited to try them, but quickly found that most of these products either don't work as they promise or have some other downside. For example, in my experience Jergens Natural Glow works very well but after a few hours you are left with a somewhat strong and strange smell on your body. Although I loved the results I received from using it, I felt dirty and wanted to shower more often than usual.

photo via Nivea
With that being said, I'd like to introduce you to a new product that promises to give you a glowing, natural looking tan simply by using it as your daily moisturizer. I've been selected by Bella Sugar's Sample Squad to test out and review Nivea’s Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin Gradual Tan Moisturizer. I thought it would be beneficial to you ladies if I shared my review here as well. I'm hoping it works as well as the product I mentioned above - without the weird after-smell.

This product is proven to give you a base tan in less than a week. The product page on Nivea's website states, "Get a glowing, naturally looking tan and touchably soft skin with NIVEA Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin, proven to gradually tan your skin within 5 days". This sounds great, but I am skeptical that it will give me a tan in such a short time period. I am not at all skeptical that it will gradually tan my skin, but I am going to guess it will take anywhere from one to two weeks before that happens. You may be thinking that this just another product that will give you a fake/orange-y look but I assure you it will not! Because the products work by gradually changing your skin color, using it will give you a completely natural look. Plus if you don't like the way it is working you simply stop using it and all the color you gained from it will disappear in just a few days. To watch a short video with additional information about the product see BellaSugar's dedicated post.

Nivea’s Skin-Kissed Radiant Skin Gradual Tan Moisturizer comes in two skin tones - "Fair to Medium" and "Medium to Dark". I obviously chose the fair to medium option. This product can be purchased at retailers such as CVS, Rite-Aid, Target, Walmart, and almost every other drugstore and mass-merchandiser for about $8. You can also find it on Amazon for less. If you plan on purchasing in-store visit Nivea's Facebook for a printable coupon to save $1.

I began using the product just a few days ago. On the 5th day I will take photos of myself. I will post these photos as well as photos of myself before using the product for comparison. That way you can see what my skin looked like before using it, as well as what it looks like by day 5. I will also include a full review of the product. Several days later I will do a follow-up post with additional photos so you can see the final results.

Although this is a brand new product, has anyone tried it? If so, I'd like to hear what you think about it.


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