A day in the sun may sound like fun, but sun damage to your skin from roasting outside isn't worth the golden glow. If you don't like the idea of a suntan, you probably aren't interested in using a tanning bed either, but you have other options. For a beautiful tan without sun or too many hassles, consider these ideas.


Many experts recommend choosing an organic self-tanning product to avoid harsh chemicals that can cause breakouts and perhaps serious health problems if used regularly. For the best color, exfoliate thoroughly first, then apply the self-tanner liberally. Massage the product into the skin. Use at least three days in a row to ensure even coverage, then apply every week to maintain a consistent look. Be sure to select a formula that says it doesn't stain clothes.

Oils and Powders

Tinted dry oil and bronzing powder are easy ways to improve the look of your skin temporarily. Results don't last as long as self-tanner, but both products provide good results. Use a tinted oil in place of your foundation on your face to enhance your natural coloring. A bronzer adds a healthy glow when you use it on your cheekbones, nose, chin, forehead, and cleavage. Bronzers are popular because they're easy to reapply while you're on the go.

Airbrush Tanning

You can often get natural-looking results with a traditional spray tan, but you may want to choose a professional airbrush tanning solution for custom results. One option involves a trained technician using a heat-infused airbrush to personalize the pattern of color. A specialist, like those at Tan Your Hide, can provide the illusion of greater muscle definition or a slimmer body by adding variations to the shade of the tan. But not every salon can provide this airbrush tanning solution.

Old Fashioned Choices

You can apply a mixture of unsweetened cocoa and cream to your skin for an inexpensive tan, and there are other old-fashioned options that predate tanning salons and self-tanning products. For example, photos show that Marilyn Monroe sometimes applied strong black tea with a paintbrush to her legs to provide the illusion of a tan. You must be careful with homemade choices because they can stain clothes and even rub off on car seats or furniture.

If you want a gorgeous tan that others will envy, you have more choices than ever before. From self-tanners to oils, powders and homemade solutions, you can get a tan without leaving your house. If you want some help and the best results, consider airbrush tanning at a salon. Whatever you decide, getting the skin tone you want can help you feel great about yourself.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University and now enjoys writing about health, business, and family. A mother of two wonderful children, she loves traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can find her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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