Season-appropriate self-tanning

Regardless of where you live, you should not stow away the self-tanner until spring. Yes, I do realize that those who live outside of South Florida will be covered up from now until May, but you still get naked, right? Pale, pasty skin is just depressing any time of the year, and this skin-darkening duo will keep you glowing all winter long—even if you’re the only one who sees it.

The good news about cold-weather self-tanning is (A), you don’t have to worry as much about streaks or mistakes and (B), you don’t have to do it as often. After playing with Vita Liberata’s Fabulous collection for the past few weeks, I have a very simple plan of attack for you—and you’ll see how easy self-tanning can be.

Use the Self Tanning Tinted Mousse (I have “Medium) once a week. I love this formula because it’s tinted, and there’s absolutely no self-tanner smell. Between these sessions, use the Self Tanning Gradual Lotion in place of your usual body lotion twice a week. This combo is enough to keep your skin glowing, without looking like you’ve actually self-tanning (or been on a tropical vacation). Oh, and this little regimen also helps maintain your technique so you won’t look like a hot mess come next summer. (I do recommend having a Bronze Buffer on hand to fix any botched color 365 days a year.)

For all of you who are concerned about chemicals in your personal care products, you’ll be happy to know that both of these products received “0” ratings from Think Dirty, which means they are “super-clean” and free of any questionable ingredients. Happy (fall) tanning!