While some people might want to appear bronzed all year long, it’s vital you don’t sunbathe. According to dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, exposure to UVA and UVB rays could have a bevy of undesirable side effects.
“Sunscreen should always be worn to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and other pigment irregularities, but most importantly, to help prevent skin cancer,” she said. To ensure you don’t risk ruining your skin and still get to look like a bronzed goddess, invest in some good self-tanner. You’re in luck, too, because the drugstore has a multitude of sprays, wipes, mousses, and gels that will make you look like you’ve been vacationing in Mexico for two weeks, minus the sun damage.
Just make sure you exfoliate and shave the day before you plan to apply your product to ensure your self-tanner doesn’t look splotchy, and purchase a mitt so that you can protect the palms of your hands. Another way to ensure you only get tanner where you would naturally get a tan is by applying a small amount of lotion on your feet, ankles, knees, elbows, and hands.
Ahead, you’ll find 15 affordable options that are sure to give you the sun-kissed glow of your dreams.