It may be summer in the Midwest, but even as the summer sun comes out (for all ten minutes of the season) there are those that can't manage to bronze. Rather, their fair German, Norwegian, Swedish, or Dutch skin burns something fierce. That smarts, doncha know!
Well, all of you porcelain-skinned beauties, after spending much of my long winter researching (as I, too, become the shade of raw dough) I have found the ultimate in faking your way to golden skin: Fusion Beauty's GlowFusion Micro-Nutrient Face & Body Natural Protein Tan.
To start, I have tried both Tantowel and Jergen's Natural Glow Moisturizer. Both are effective, but both have downsides that far outweigh their benefits (for me, at least). For instance, Tantowel delivers color fast and in a way that helps in preventing streaking and brown palms and knuckles. Jergen's gives a more subtle, slower building glow with the added benefit of moisturizing. However, what they both lack is staying power in those sweat-prone, friction laden areas like your sock and boot covered feet and mitten bound hands. I speak from experience when I say that looking like an albino wearing a tan suit is NOT in your best interest.
That being said, I think it's safe to say I have put these self-tanners to the test and in the winner's circle is:
No, it doesn't moisturize like Jergen's and it might not deliver color as quickly as Tantowel, but it won't come off in a pool, sweat off your most...dewy areas, and you won't look like you are wearing white gloves that are, in reality, your own hands.
Another good thing about this product is its build-ability. I used it on my sister four times in the two days she had before prom and she glowed, streak free, all night (and a few days after).
BUT, before you go running to your nearest Glow Fusion retailer to buy it, don't! If I remember correctly, I paid nearly $60 for mine at a boutique-y store and, after some online research, I found out that was highway robbery. More often than not, Beauty Ticket has it in stock (for $19.99!!!) and sometimes allcosmeticswholesale.com does as well.
So, go forth my fair-skinned readers and bronze yourselves.