Monday, July 30, 2007


I use sunless tanner.

There I said it.  And you know what?!  I'm proud of that fact.  I have spent my fair share of time in tanning booths. (The first time ever was my freshman year in college.  My roommate Jessica and I used to go to the Marriott's healthclub downtown Minneapolis.  You could get 10 20-minute tans for $30.  Not bad.)

Anyway, once my grandma was diagnosed with skin cancer due to her years and years of baking in the sun, I realized where I was headed in those coffin-like booths.  So my best girlie-friends introduced me to sunless tanners.  (See photo of the week.)  I was hooked from the get-go.  So I switched to "tan-in-a-can" as my sister would call it, or "fake bake" as the Music Man calls it.  I've used everything under the sun, no pun intended.  Lotions, spray, foams, airbrush, entire sunless tanning systems.  (Hey, what can I say?  I'm pasty.)

Earlier this year I discovered the best sunless tanner I have ever found.  It's very basic as far as sunless tanners go--it's a lotion--no tint to tell you where it's going, and it's completely reasonably priced.  I don't mind the fact that it's a lotion or that it doesn't have a tint.  I've been doing this sunless tanner thing for so long that I can make anything work.  The simpler the application the better. 

It's Mary Kay's Sun Essentials Sunless Tanning Lotion.  (See simple name, simple product.)  It's $10 from your neighborhood Mary Kay Consultant.  She'll be happy to get some to you.  

What I love best is that when I put it on I get color.  I don't have to continually apply daily in order to build up a tan.  Once it's on, I know color is soon to appear, which is great in a time crunch. Alot of tanners will seriously make you look like an oompa-loompa.  They have come a very long way but there are still some out there that take being "tan" to a whole new level.  This tanner gives me a great tan that I could never hope to achieve by laying out or lying in a coffin-like booth.

So anyhoo, now would be a great time to show you a before and after picture of my legs with one tanned and one not tanned, so that you can see for yourself the beauty of this product, but that would require me planning ahead and tanning only one of my legs in the middle of summer.  Yeah, that's not going to happen.  You're just going to have to try it yourself!  You'll be glad you did.  And if for some insane reason you don't absolutely love it, Mary Kay products carry a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  

If you don't have a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant to order from you can get it here.

As always... let me know what you think...


  1. You know, I am a white girl too. And when I say white girl, I mean WHITE. girl. SOOOO, I haven't used sunless tanners since High School, until this summer. The one I use is okay, but not GREAT, and I had heard about how good Mary Kay's is, so that's good info! THANKS!

  2. That sounds great! Does it smell bad though? I have used a couple of different kinds of tanning lotions (not Mary Kay's) and they smell so bad. One of them also turned my skin like an orange color. haha Anyway, I should give Mary Kay's a try!

  3. Terri Lowe9:52 PM

    I think I might have to try that. I mean Im not pale. But I would rather use that than fake and bake.


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