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I’ve really bought into the daily sunscreen routinue for  my face, neck and hands, but I just can’t deal with  my ghostly white legs.  In past years I would find the nearest  park bench and toast my legs for a little natural color.  Now that I  know about risks for melanoma, skin cancer and that the sun makes my legs wrinkled and baggy, I’m always looking for a safe, affordable and easy solution.  I’ve tried so  many– moisturizers with self tanners, self tanning sprays, tinted moisturizers and   whole body air brush tan.  I liked this one but  it cost $65 and lasted only a week– not a regular option.

This week I think  finally found a great solution.    The winner is– Sally Hansen Salon Airbrush Legs.  It’s super simple to apply, doesn’t make a mess and produces a natural even color.  Check out the  pix.  The leg on the right is my untreated limb. Is it really that pale?  The leg on the left has been treated with a quick coat of  Sally Hansen Spray in ‘Tan Glow” shade.

Here’s how it works:

I prepped my skin with an exfoliating sponge ( Buff Puff by 3M) and set up a drop cloth in my garage to prevent the spray from coloring the  walls or floor.  So not necessary.  Instead of spraying directly at the legs, directions  told me to spray  it into my palm and apply  the product  with my hand.  I was able to see where I needed more and where I needed to spread  it out for an even color.  And not a drop went on the walls or floor.

Unlike  other self-tanners which had a chemical reaction  that changed skin color,  Sally Hansen Spray was really like a skin  make-up– and easily removed with soap and water.   In  face, water alone did not disturb it– good news since I  got caught in a downpour  a few hours after  I had applied it to my legs. I also tested out the claim   that  the product does not stain clothing.   After waiting  the recommended 60 seconds, I gave this tan  a tough challenge– white pants.  I slipped into a pair of white cropped jeans and was delighted to see– absolutely nothing.   The leg tan spray stayed put.

And to make this product even better, this elegant tanner is just $12 for a 4.4 ounce bottle.  I estimate there are at least  a dozen applications, a super bargain of $1.00/tan.  I will keep using it and will tweet the actual number of tans that I can get out of  a single bottle.    Sally Hansen Airbrush Spray is now a valued  member of my Summer Beauty Basics Kit.

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In the hours after my spray tan was applied,  the color gradually darkened.  As per instructions,before going to sleep ,  I took a shower with cool water  but did not use soap or washcloth.  I  was a little worried  when I saw the water in  my shower  had turned brown as it ran down the drain.  But when I looked in the mirror, I was still beautifully tan.  Over the next few days,  I nursed the tan along with plenty of moisturizer on my  arms and legs. 

I really enjoyed this  look.  My clothes looked better and I felt  I looked  younger and healthier.  After four days, the bronze color  remained on my body, but had  pretty much faded on my face.  Since my neck was still tan  I evened-up the color with a healthy dusting of bronzer.   When my air-brush tan fades and starts to look uneve, I will help it along with an exfoliating scrub.  I have a friend who is a stripper  and she swears by salt scrubs to smooth and polish the skin.  Have you ever tried this?  Is it good?  Gross?

Spray-on tans ( aka air brush tans)  turned out to be one of those small steps  with big results.  I wish I  had the courage to try it years ago.  I’m going to go use it again, not all the time, but for occasions  when I need to look (and feel) amazing– like weddings, reunions or before a beach vacation.  I think it could also be a big mood-lifter  in the dead of  winter when I look so pale  my Mom keeps asking me  how I feel.   I can also see how people can become “addicted” to these things.  After  buying  so many products with big promises  that don’t do anything, it is exhilerating to find something that makes a visable difference.  Do you use spray tans? Have you had any problems?

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