Self tanning--looking for a good product

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    Sep 01, 2007 5:57 PM GMT
    My dermatologist finally told me that I have to stop tanning. Actually, he always told me to stop tanning, but this time he put his foot down. Cancer runs in my family and I'm getting to the point where my tans aren't helping my skin's health (not that they ever did).

    I like to keep a little color, though, especially on my face. I have tried one or two self-tanners and I wasn't happy with the result. I usually looked carrot orange or like someone who stepped out of a sepia-toned picture.

    This is the best forum to ask: What self-tanners do you guys use that work best for you? I'd like to try and avoid breaking the bank. ;-)
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    Sep 01, 2007 10:38 PM GMT
    Hi there. In the uk there is a product by L'Oreal Sublime Bronze its a gel instead of a cream and really easy to apply. Its not expensive either and it goes brown not orange - tho that depends on individual skin types.

    I sympathise cos I too need to stop going in the sun! Now not bothered about the tan cos can fake that just love being naked in the sun!
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    Sep 02, 2007 5:02 PM GMT
    Thanks IslandLad. I'll look for that product. Like you, I love lying in the sun. My gym bought a country club that has a great pool scene and I am there every weekend of the summer. I don't know how I will break myself of that habit next year.

    I have British/Irish hertiage, but just a touch of Native American, so I can tan well enough but clearly I'm not designed to. ;-)
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    Sep 03, 2007 9:40 PM GMT
    Surprised you have not had more replies. Is everyone pretending they dont use fake tan?
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    Sep 05, 2007 3:32 AM GMT
    Yeah, I kind of thought that, too. I know tanning beds rule (when beaches and pools aren't available) but this IS a gay board devoted to physical fitness. ;)

    Hopefully others will drift in with their oqn contributions. Thanks for yours!
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    Sep 05, 2007 4:00 PM GMT
    I tan, but its all-natural. No fake stuff, not even tanning beds. I'm of German/Irish heritage, so it takes a long time to get some color... but, to me it's worth it because then I don't burn as easily.

    I don't think you need to avoid the sun entirely, just probably cut back a bit. I'd be careful if you're going to start using spray-on stuff or whatever... be especially aware that you don't over-use them! Also, I'd probably ask your dermatologist if he/she had any recommendations, because some of those things may also be harmful to your skin.

    Good luck with whatever you end up doing!
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    Sep 06, 2007 2:06 PM GMT
    That's what I've been doing so far, twisterguy, but my doc wants me to stop altogether. He's pointed out that certain conditions are getting riper for cancer issues, and since it runs in my family I need to be concerned.

    Like you, I don't want to be tan as leather. I just want to have some color to me....hopefully not carrot color. ;-)
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    Sep 28, 2007 9:28 AM GMT
    If you want my professional recommendation... the absolute BEST self-tanner out there is called Fake Bake. It can usually be found in tanning salons or at your local esthetician or spa (depending on where you live, you may be able to find it in beauty supply stores that are open to the public, too). It is a system consisting of an exfoliating body wash, a non-oily moisturizer, and the tanner itself (in either lotion or mousse). You should use the exfoilator, moisturizer and tanning lotion or foam as a system... and you can use it all over your body safely.

    If you follow the directions on the product, its very easy to use, isn't very expensive, doesn't streak and I've never seen it go orange or sepia... more of a nice bronze-brownish color, like a natural tan. I'm part Native American too, with some German, Scottish and Greek tossed in, and if its going to go orange, it will go orange on me... and this stuff doesn't.

    By the way... if your dermatologist told you to stop tanning, then tanning beds/booths/etc are not an option either. You get the exact same kind of radiation exposure (UVA and UVB) that you get from the sun. The difference is, it's in concentrated form... for example, in your standard, no-frills bed you'll get the same radiation exposure in 30 minutes that you get from 3 hours in the sun. Self-tanners are the safest way to tan.

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    Sep 28, 2007 9:53 AM GMT
    Clarins is the best for self-tanning. These guys have really gone to a lot of trouble in developing and teting their products. You can check out their website (www.clarins.com) to see which products are available in your country and what product will suit your lifestyle. There are gels, creams, powders, you name it. Plus there is also a men's range. They have products for face and body.
    They never streak or make you turn funny colors. It's more subtle than other products, yet provides beautiful, NATURAL color.
    Check it out.
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    Oct 12, 2007 11:08 PM GMT
    Johnsons moisturiser with a hint of self tan is pretty good. Gotta watch your hands though. Plus when you stop using it comes off in patches, so you will look like a paint by numbers before you go back to pale.