Found: The Best Body Bronzer

By Laura Braden

Like a butterfly emerging from her cocoon, it’s that glorious time of year where the weather just begs you to wear shorts, skirts and sandals … until you look in the mirror and realize you are P-A-L-E.

If you don’t have regular access to a pool, you have a few options: tanning beds (somewhere Julia Tanghetti is screaming her objections), spray tans or body bronzers.

On the latter two categories, I’ve found that everything either smells like burnt toast, streaks (which is awesome when you’re at an event with white fabric chairs) or looks really orange.

In a pinch while out of town, I grabbed a bottle of St. Tropez’s “One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion” ($18 for 5 ounces) and am now fully obsessed. Here are the details:

  • s1409184-main-LheroWhat it isA lightweight body lotion that gives skin an instant, evenly bronzed glow for a single night.
  • What it doesSome occasions call for additional glow and what better way to get a night of beautiful bronze than with this formula created by the St. Tropez tanning experts. One Night Only is transfer-resistant and free of typical tanning agents, so you can apply-and-go without hesitation. This super-silky lotion is infused with hydrating, softening oils to make your skin feel as beautiful as it looks and the formula is suitable for all skin tones.
  • What it is formulated WITHOUT: GMOs and Triclosan

It smells great, goes on smooth (without darker knees and elbows) and doesn’t bleed onto fabric (so far, knock on wood).

Word of caution for the fair-skinned beauties: this stuff goes on dark. If you’re fair (or nervous), simply mix a small amount into your regular body lotion to spread the love a bit. It’s more “brown” than “peach” so I also add a TINY dollop to my face moisturizer.

It’s a body bronzer – not tanner – but you’ll still want to wash your hands as soon as you’re done applying, and wait for your body to dry before getting dressed.

Enjoy ladies – and let us know if you have a favorite spring/summer beauty obsession!

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