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Our 5 Favorite Tanning Options for Women Over 50

Most of us women over 50 have learned our lesson about sunbathing from seeing the ravages the sun takes on our skin, not to mention the concerns about skin cancer. (Yes, I know you Brits are still big sun worshipers but that’s because your skin sees so little of the sun otherwise. Give it time.) And though we may not be able to sunbathe any longer, we do like a little color in the summer. Nothing worse than a pair of pasty white legs sticking out from under a pair of white shorts. Fortunately, tanning options have improved dramatically over the years and your fake tan can actually look very close to a real tan without the orange tint.

You also don’t have to buy the expensive brands to get the best fake tan. In fact, many of the self tanning options that are best suited for older skin are readily available at your local drugstore or on Amazon. Four of our picks are lotion based and help with dryness. The bronzer is a gel but goes on smooth to give you a nice glow. Most are available in a couple of shades so you can select the one that best matches your natural coloring. Do avoid buying a deep tan shade if you are on the fair side. The results aren’t likely to look natural.

So get some color this summer and save your skin while you’re at it. Here are our 5 favorite self tanners.

1. BANANA BOAT SUNLESS SUMMER COLOR SELF TANNING LOTION

You can slather this tinted, oil-free lotion without worry – it’s streak-free and dries in minutes. Self adjusting  formula allows you to control the shade of your tan.

  • Package Quantity: 1
  • Available in other shades
  • Quick-drying
  • Enriched with aloe vera and vitamin E

2. NIVEA SUN-KISSED RADIANT SKIN GRADUAL TANNER & DAILY LOTION

Those with fair to medium skin will particularly like this daily lotion that builds your tan gradually, keeping you free from an uneven tan or streaks.
  • Available in other shades
  • Moisturizing formula
  • Long-lasting fresh scent

   3. BAIN DE SOLEIL MEGA TAN SUNSCREEN WITH SELF

TANNER LOTION SPF 4

Botanical extracts and moisturizers band together to give you a long-lasting tan in this waterproof, dermatologist-tested self-tanner.

  • Available in other shades
  • Waterproof
  • Contains some sunscreen
  • PABA-free, dermatologist tested

OLAY TOTAL EFFECTS MOISTURIZER PLUS TOUCH OF SUN

A self-tanner and top-rated, anti-aging facial cream all in one. This daily moisturizer with a proven vitamin rich complex fights 7 signs of aging for younger-looking skin with a sun kissed glow. 

  • All-in-one moisturizer
  • Avoid clogging your skin with multiple products
  • Gives skin a sun-kissed glow

    5. L’OREAL PARIS SUBLIME BRONZE SELF-TANNING GELEE

    This gel formula is loved for its smooth application, nice scent, and perfectly-bronzed results. A little goes a long way with this product so you are sure to get many applications out of one bottle.

  • Available in other shades
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Dries quickly
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  • Try these self tanning options to give yourself a golden glow without putting your skin at risk. Enjoy a beautiful summer! Now, Elizabeth Rist has some tips for keeping your face in tip top shape.

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