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Who says you can’t flaunt a beautiful sun-kissed look in cooler temps? Although the temperature outside is chilly, snow is falling and the winds are gusting, spring and summer will be here before you know it. Now is the perfect time of year to begin prepping your skin for capri’s, mini’s and swim suits. Self-Tanners are a sensible alternative to the UV-exposure we tend to submit ourselves too. There are a plethora of options out there, but here are a few highly recommended self-tanners from beauty experts across the globe.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Golden Perfection Tinted Self-Tanner – provides an instant golden color, applies evenly and the color deepens with repeated applications, helping you create your desired shade. Color appears within an hour of application.  $30 www.esteelauder.com

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer – Gives you a flawless, subtle tan and deepens with continued application. $8.49-$9.99 and available at most drugstores.

Lancôme Flash Bronzer Tinted Self-Tanning Body Gel with Pure Vitamin E – Gives you a golden sun-kissed glow in under 30 minutes. The vitamin E keeps your skin feeling soft and smooth.  $37  www.lancome-usa.com

Clinique Self Tan Body Tinted Lotion – Provides instant color, easy, flawless application as it shows where you applied it. You can see the tan in a few hours. $23  www.clinique.com

Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel – Provides a golden natural tan almost instantly. It is quick drying and streak free  $35   www.clarinsusa.com

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist – A long lasting, fine mist spray that adds a natural golden glow to your skin. No rubbing required.  $10.79   www.lorealparisusa.com

A few reminders when applying a self tanner:

1. Unless the product states “Quick Drying”, be cautious of putting on any clothing immediately after application, even then err on the side of caution.

2. It is best to exfoliate and cleanse prior to application in order to get an even, streak free appearance. Exfoliating helps to get rid of the outermost layer of dead skin cells and will help the product absorb, leading to a more even appearance.

3. Be sure to apply the self-tanner to your entire body, not just arms, legs, neck and face. It is a good idea to moisturize the week prior to application.

4. Always follow the instructions on the product to maintain a proper glow.