In the 1970s, bronzed skin began trending in full force, communicating health and vitality. These days, we are still madly in love with sun-kissed skin, and often enlist the help of sunless tanner and bronzer to achieve it. Bonus? No annoying tan lines.
Self-tanner has come a long way since the orangey formulas of yesteryear. There are tinted gels for the legs, like Lancôme Paris Flash Bronzer, which also comes in a formulation for the face. There’s lotion, like Kiehl’s Sun Free Self Tanning Formula, tinted mousse, like L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Tinted Self Tanning Golden Mousse, mist and even towelettes.
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To get that 1970s glow, begin by showering, exfoliating and shaving. Make sure skin is clean and dry, but not parched, as sunless tanner will stick to dry or flaky skin.
Wear gloves or thick lotion on your hands, then wash them immediately after. Because application varies with each formulation, carefully follow the instructions on the bottle. Avoid getting your skin wet for a few hours to allow time for your color to develop. For an immediate bronze, use something like Maybelline Mineral Power Bronzer in Sunset Bronze.
And you're tan — just like a 1970s supermodel, but without the sand in your suit!
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